C A R E E R C R U S H
I L L U S T R A T O R
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Profound, simple, classy, gorgeous, clean and inspiring…
I could go on and on about my feelings for Bianca Cash’s work. She graciously answered my ever-so-curious questions about her career, style, and how (and where) she comes up with her beautiful and original quotes, plus how long they actually take her. Come to find out, her effortlessly gorgeous prints aren’t effortless at all.
Tell me a little bit about how you got into the art of typography and illustration? Was it something you were always good at and enjoyed?
I was generally never really good at school, but I always did well in art class and by the time I finished year 12, I knew that graphic design was something I loved. I have always loved handwritten type but I only started exploring ink typography about three or so years ago. I was in my first year of my graphic design course and one of my classes was drawing. I started to play with ink and kept writing. I wouldn’t say I was great at it when I first started. It’s taken a lot of practice and my style has evolved a lot. I think also having a graphic design background, it helps with my typography work.
When did you decide to turn this passion into a career?
I’ve wanted to be a graphic designer probably since I was in high school. When I finished high school I decided to take a different path and somehow ended up in administration and fundraising in a few different nonprofit organizations for several years. I got to a point where I just wasn’t happy within that industry and had a friend tell me that I just needed to study what I love. It was a scary step but I ended up studying graphic design for two years and ended up in third year Communication Design, which I have started part-time (very part-time) this year, as I’m freelancing full-time as well.
Your art is simple yet profound. How do you decide what you want to illustrate? Do you come up with your own quotes, do you read things that jump out at you, or both?
Thank you so much – that really means a lot. Honestly.. I’m not sure. A lot of what I write and post online, is personal. It’s something I have learned, it’s something I have/am going through. It’s something I believe in and feel passionately about. They often pop into my mind when I’m driving or in the shower haha.
Everything you do looks effortlessly pretty. How long does a typical illustration take you?
It can really vary. Sometimes I get it at first go or second, other times I write it out a lot.. like a lot. Anywhere from 10 – 50 times. I’m a perfectionist so that really adds to the time. It can take anywhere from an hour to eight. Sometimes I’ll write a piece out and revisit it the next day, or a week later or even six months later.
Just because I’m curious, how would you describe your style? Often someone’s personal fashion style transcends into their work.
I like to think I’m quite minimalistic, classic but playful. Two of my favourite clothing stores here in Australia are Gorman and Country Road. Gorman has some crazy awesome colourful patterns and Country Road has a lot of classics. I own a lot of stripes. I can’t help it..
I think this is my dream job… Though it always has to be evolving and changing. Also it’s important to know that dream job doesn’t mean it’s not hard and has it’s lows. It can be exhausting being your own boss and I’m in a constant state of learning. But for the most part I am really thankful I get to do this.
If you don’t follow Bianca on instagram, 1. you should, 2. you have most likely seen her work from the many re-posts of other girl-blogger favorites. Her illustrations are too beautiful not to share, and her messages…well, similar to kindness, should be “thrown around like confetti.”
You can see more of her amazing work on instagram, or buy prints directly from her website. While you’re there, you’ll see that she is not only an amazing artist, but an insanely talented photographer. This girl’s a vessel of limitless creativity, a business woman paving her own path, and a career crush for any Polished Press follower.