Two years ago I started a personal project about vintage matchboxes which was a way for me to experiment with new styles and techniques. Even though it has been a wonderful challenge and I will still continue to make them, they’re a bit limited because of the format. That’s why I decided to see this as an opportunity to start a new personal project inspired by vintage apothecary packaging. I really enjoy to take inspiration from early XX century design so I this was the perfect excuse to create something inspired by all these references. In this tutorial I’ll talk about my process and give you some tips on how to create vintage inspired packaging illustrations.
When I started freelancing I had no idea what I was doing. I studied design in college and had a couple of years of experience but I never learned how to survive by myself in the real world. Today, after almost 5 years working as a freelancer (whew, has it been that long?!), I’m still learning new things everyday but this journey taught me a few lessons that I wish I’d known from the very start.
These are a couple of things I learned working as a freelancer that can hopefully help you avoid some mistakes I’ve done in the past.