This week's favourite artist is the beautiful Josephine Rais (@josephinerais), a talented Designer and Illustrator from Germany.
"Drawing has always been a way to express myself. My idea is to share something of me with my audience, even if its just my bad sense of humour. It’s my way to communicate thoughts, feelings and my opinion. "
Let's meet her.
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you
My name is Josephine Rais, I am a 27-year old freelancing Designer and Illustrator. I grew up in the south of Germany, in a small village next to Stuttgart. Nowadays, I work and live in Berlin. I have a bachelor’s degree in product design and a master’s degree in strategic design from the University of Applied Science in Schwäbisch Gmünd. I think I was always quite creative but during my studies I not only discovered my passion for graphic design and illustration but I was also able to develop and strengthen important skills.
- When did your journey start?
I’ve been drawing since I am a little girl. My mum is really creative but my older brother couldn’t draw at all ;) so I ended up learning a lot form her. My professional journey as a designer started five years ago during Uni and I work as a freelancing illustrator for four months now. The fact that I am where I am today is due to many coincidences and though decisions: My plan after university was to get a proper job, with all the safety preconditions an employment has and learn how design works in ‚real life‘. But things turned out very differently. After initial starting difficulties and challenges I met Ju Schnee, a great designer and illustrator from Berlin, who suggested that I should start working as a freelancer. She gave me the very important push and helped me to get everything started and I am very grateful for her support. We are still working on some great projects together.
- What’s the idea behind your work? Drawing has always been a way to express myself. With my illustrations I’d like to share my world with other people. My idea is to share something of me with my audience, even if its just my bad sense of humour (Like the piece: drop’ em balls). It’s my way to communicate thoughts, feelings and my opinion.
- Do you have a personal life motto?
No, not really. But it would be something like ‘believe in yourself, and keep on going even if sometimes things don’t work out’. Luckily I have great people around me who remind me of that :)
- What kind of music drives you?
I used to listen only to rock music when I was a teenager - Iron Maiden was my first concert - and I still love it. But nowadays I listen to various genres. While I am working I love listening to techno, it helps me to stay focused and I get into a really good flow :)
- Do you have any favourite film and why?
Yes, the Lord of the Rings. I love the movie and the books and I think there will never be a better fantasy story than the one of Tolkien. I think he created an absolutely amazing world with fantastic characters.
- What’s your favourite piece that you’ve created?
I think I don’t have a favourite one. I am super critical and always find something that could be better. But I am really proud of my illustration which won a Nike competition.
- How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals?
I think inspiration is not always easily accessible. It comes and goes and it’s nothing that can be forced. Sometimes I get inspired by something I’ve seen days or weeks ago. The source of my inspiration varies a lot; it could be other artists, architecture, music, paintings, or even just things that surround me in my every day life such as fashion, Berlin, or my friends. There are also days were the inspiration just seems to stop all together which is when I’m trying to focus on other tasks, such as housekeeping and paperwork.
- Who’s your favourite contemporary artist?
Mariano Pascual. He is absolutely amazing. I love his style, his colours, his work.
- How do you advertise yourself as an artist?
I use platforms such as Behance and Instagram to spread my work. At the same time I send my portfolio to agencies, magazines or job requests. It's hard to be unique in a city like Berlin, so you have to be very active in advertising yourself.
- How did social media help you to promote your art?
Social Media gives you the opportunity to be seen all over the world, even if you’re are an unknown artist. It’s a great way to share my work with people and to receive immediate feedback and perhaps appreciation. I think the most important aspects about social media are the network you’re able to build and the support you get. If you’re putting effort in what you’re doing, chances are high to be recognised. Instagram for example is really important to me because it’s my virtual business card. To keep my feed up to date is hard work but I think it gives potential clients a good impression of my skills.
- Do you have any advice to give to the new female
My advice is to help and support each other. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have any help. And I am really grateful for this and I will try to continue to support others.
Thank You Josephine :) !
To discover more, visit https://josephinerais.com/