Creative Conversations : Rahana Dariah, Illustrator

Creative Conversations is a new feature series focused on shining a light on creatives behind the radar. We aim to have 'creative conversations' with some of the most innovative creatives in the country today. We kick off the series with 25 year old Illustrator, Rahana Dariah from London.

What inspired you most to become an illustrator?

Well I've always been above average in art from a young age and I knew it was something I wanted to do, in my teens i loved fashion illustration and designing outfits and that's when i became seriously interested in becoming a fashion designer but after studying fashion and clothing for two years at college I decided it wasn't for me as i hated making clothes and loved drawing more, so i decided illustration was where it was at for me.

What is the best and worst thing about illustration?

The worst thing about illustration is probably people thinking you could do stuff for free or people thinking your work is too expensive, when I spend all night awake drawing something and working hard on a piece it comes at a price. The best thing about illustration for me is getting to do what I love and getting paid for it and also getting to see your completed piece and just sitting there thinking "I did that".

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration everywhere, I could be watching a movie or listening to music and it would put me in a certain mood to produce whatever i'm feeling at the time, but I do listen to alot of music and it does help inspire me, i'm also big on black history and i love looking up African art, i just love the patterns and the colours and the cultures.

What have you got planned for the future?

I've got huge plans for the future but it will take alot of willpower and money, but for the near future I'm focusing on getting myself around the world and illustrating whilst travelling.


Many designers, painters and illustrators don't get enough credit? Do you agree?

Oh of course there's so many creatives not getting the recognition they deserve, some of them work so hard and try to get themselves out there especially those in not quite developed countries, it's sad but they give me such a drive to work hard.

What advice do you have for young illustrators?

Keep drawing and keep a portfolio of all your work. All the good and bad drawings or paintings will come in handy later on. Also, experiment as much as you can.

And finally, Give us one interesting fact about yourself away from Illustration?

I love languages and i'm striving to become a polyglot.

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