Louisa and I met in Melbourne, Australia over a year ago. We had started chatting over Instagram a couple of months earlier, and I even remember mentioning her to a co-worker at the time: “I started talking with this girl who’s also in Melbourne. She seems nice! Maybe we could be friends”. Fast forward a few months and we’re living in the same room and spilling our secrets to each other over ridiculously overpriced pina coladas.
To this day, Louisa is still the friend I call whenever I’m feeling terrible or need advice. Even if we live in different countries now, we still talk hours on the phone and update each other of our lives. Louisa is one of the most hardworking and inspiring people I know, and I couldn’t be happier to call her my friend. Watch out world, this girl is going places!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Louisa, I’m a 23-year-old illustrator.
Where’s your home?
I’m living in Toulouse, a beautiful and welcoming city in the south of France (3hours by car from Spain).
What’s your perfect Sunday morning?
Because In France, everything is closed on Sunday,I like to spend this time just with myself at home. Watching creative videos, drawing, learning new skills… Sunday is my personal development day.
Name three things you love.
Traveling, feeling inspired and almond chai lattes.
What’s a place you’d want to visit?
When do you feel most alive?
When I am with my friends talking about our fears and dreams. It makes me feel so good to be surrounded by creative and supportive people. I always feel better after long night talks, and I realised how much I’m grateful to be alive and having friends like this in my life.
How did you become an illustrator?
Actually, it all started when I went to Australia last year. Because I worked one year to prepare this trip, I had enough savings to start my business. At that time, it wasn’t really serious because I was enjoying Australia and my life abroad. But when I went back to France in March, I realised that what I considered as a “non-serious” thing, just opened me new doors in the illustration industry. I realised that actually I can live from my passion and today I’m just following/living my dreams everyday :)
What does a typical day of work look like to you?
I usually wake up around 8 and start my day at 9 am when I’m done cleaning the house. It’s important to have a nice environment especially when you work at home. And then I don’t really have a routine, I just work the whole day until 6-7pm. I try to split my week into working at home and outside like in libraries, cafes etc It’s important for my mental health to separate my private life from the professional one, which is quite hard when I’m only working at home.
What do you love most about your job?
I like the diversity of projects, every project is unique.
What advice would you give for aspiring artists?
Never give up. It’s not because it’s hard that you shouldn’t try. Follow your dreams and what makes you happy no matter what other people will think. Be patient and you will see how your new life will be worth it. And never work for free because you are a “newbie” !!!
Illustrations by Louisa, photos of Louisa shot by me