Me and My Work

Hi, my name is Petra Elster.

I am an artist, a writer and a geek.

I started my career as an art enthusiast when I was five years old.

As a teen I pursued classical animation which seems cool but is actually a pain in the … oops … kinda boring to do, as it implies drawing the same thing over and over and over (24 “overs” per second) again. From 16 to 25 I worked as a graphic designer, a proofreader and a translator. I then became a web-designer for about five minutes until I decided that job could HTML itself. After a quick detour writing comics for characters that were not my own, I became a professional artist and illustrator.

Being a professional artist is like being a lame low-grade superhero.

Someone flashes the “art signal” and I rush in to save an innocent job from disappearing into limbo, seconds before it hits a fatal deadline or falls off the edges of a steep budget.

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Then, after the job is safe and the line is dead, I go back to work.

See, work isn’t the thing I do out there in the world while I’m in costume; it’s what I do all by myself on the time that is generally thought of as free.

As of 2019 I am dedicating the bulk of my time to my own independent work (Yay!) and writing about it on this blog .

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I still take artwork commissions and illustration jobs when they fit into my schedule and have intrinsic artistic value.

(That´s french for: I have to consider the job interesting and/or fun. Money is nice and everything but I already have an i-Phone. Also “yesterday” is a song, not a deadline.)

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On a side note: I am married and currently live in São Paulo, Brazil. 
(This has nothing to do with anything, but people generally like to know.)

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