1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?
I’m Emily Schramm, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I just moved to Frisco, TX which is a suburb of Dallas, but I will always call Arizona home.
2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Brigham Young University. After college I worked as an in house designer for Cricut, which solidified my love for color. I then worked as an in house designer for 4 years for the Phoenix Suns. Working for an NBA team was an amazing experience for me. Deadlines were always short, so I learned how to work really fast, something that I had struggled with before. I created everything from tiny web ads, to huge walls in the arena and had no production designer to rely on, so I really learned how to do each project from start to finish. I left the Suns over 2 years ago to start freelancing full time.
I have been working on my lettering and illustration on the side throughout my career, reading and taking classes online and in person whenever I get the chance. Last summer I was able to take lettering classes at The Cooper Union in New York City for two weeks.
3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
I prefer working digitally in Photoshop and Illustrator. In the past year I have also started working on my iPad using the Procreate app. I wish I could combine all the things I love about Procreate and Photoshop into one program!
4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
Since I work from home, I love to get out of the house to “recharge”. Day to day that just means going on a walk or to the gym to get away from the computer and think. Travel is really important to me and I always try to have a trip planned. I love going to a place that gets me out of my comfort zone and experiencing what someone else sees (and eats!) every day.
Sundays are sacred days to me. I go to church and spend the rest of the day with my family and friends at home. I’ve also recently started taking a break from my business Instagram account on Sundays. Having a day where I don’t let myself work, really helps me clear my head and look at it with fresh eyes and new energy on Monday.
5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
I’m a little obsessed with true crime. I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries every day as a (probably too young) child, and now listen to true crime podcasts all day while I work. My perfect date night is an episode of Dateline!