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Jasmine Hortop


Your new way of life sounds super interesting, can you expand on what you mean by “digital nomadic lifestyle”?

I think its a really lame phrase its a new thing for me i really wanted the independence of freelance i would class myself as a remote worker without ever realising designers can be successful in this way, my clients are happy to communicate over email traveling was quite important to me, i new just work from all over the world, i’m in Spain at the moment but heading to Mexico in a few weeks i’ve found so many influences here, its so beneficial to my work.

What are the main differences between being based in bristol and now not being based in any specific place?

To be honest i found bristol really helpful, but also really distracting going freelance was great in bristol, its really supportive and i think thats a big part about bristol. Its a very much word and mouth place i kind of felt like i kind of exhausted bristol at some points, i really wanted my work to travel further than bristol. I wanted to focus more on my work and draw draw draw in bristol theres a huge supportive network and i found in the first couple of years of freelancing it came very naturally i wanted to get outside of the bubble.

Ware interested to know what your favourite commissions have been and why you like them so much?

I really enjoy mural projects murals are an intense piece of work, lots of materials  digital projects have a lot more back and forth. this can be quite tedious snapchat. It was a really open brief, they were literally like do whatever you want. It was cool, really cool. having something that open. It was nice to be able to explain to people that anyone could see my work on such a big platform. Everyone knows with digital work now that smaller changes are possible, but this means it sometimes becomes quite a stretched out project.

As students, freelancing sounds quite intimidating! how have you found being a freelance illustrator in the design world and would you recommend it?

My dad was a self employed photographer and my was a self employed costume designer i kind of had it in my head that i didn’t want to be self employed from a young age being in house gave me a good idea of what is expected in the industry, and the level of professionalism its quite important to see this, it was important to see the commercialism aspect implemented in my style if id of started off freelancing i wouldn’t be where i am now, i wouldn’t of given up but i wouldn’t be where I am.

 We noticed a really positive reflection of women in your illustrations which is something that drew us to your work. is positive body image something that is important to you?

I really like the idea of women drawing women.  A lot of the women i draw are portrayed as sexy i think this space has been dominated by men drawing women in this way for men, mine isn’t for men. It’s coming from a different way.

 What would you consider to be your biggest success as an illustrator?

Mainly just being independent and following my dream of freelance. A lot of my friends still tell me you quit a job that was a really good job to pursue this idea of freelancing. Having the guts to go for it. It’s pretty hard for a long time, freelancing isn’t always easy. Having the confidence to turn down jobs that doesn’t fit my style, i’m very conscious of the idea of only doing work that i know fits my style, and that i know i’ll like. I tend not to do ‘money earner work’. i prefer to build on my portfolio. I never want to not enjoy what i do.

 What is your favourite design book?

I’ve got a couple of books, ‘design as art’ by Bruno Manarie. It’s just really interesting, it goes into a lot of detail into what areas of design you don’t always see. ‘just my type’, i’ve read this book quite a few times. its all about type. ‘abc3d’, this is the last one and its a fun one. this ones really cool, its effectively an alphabet book, but use’s paper engineering, the designs are amazing.


Jasmine Hortop is a slow-travelling illustrator who has created a new way of life for herself where she is no longer confined by working hours. As a travelling illustrator, she is able to draw at times that suit her and respond to commissions that specifically interest her. Jasmine has a wide variety of illustrations and impressive clientele in her portfolio. Before starting her “digital nomadic life”, Jasmine was based in Bristol and completed many commissions for the local community. She now spends her time slowly travelling the world whilst house sitting and creating.