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These 8 Illustrations Channel The Struggles And Successes Of Freelancing For A Living

“I want freelancers to be more supportive with each other."

When it comes to the world of freelancing, artist Mariana Santos wants to be honest: it's hard.

"My work tends to be very autobiographic," she told A Plus. "I'm a freelancer and I really wanted to make a book, fanzine or exhibition related to this theme for a long time, so I made a series of drawings about it."

Santos, a Portugal-based artist who goes by the name "Mariana, a miserável" –– which means "the miserable one" –– recently illustrated a 32-page fanzine on what it's really like to work as a freelancer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2015 monthly labor review, 1 in 3 workers are freelancers who range from being artists to running an Etsy store online. What they all have in common –– aside from not working a typical 9-to-5 schedule –– is that they face emotional and creative struggles when it comes to accomplishing their work. 

And that's exactly what Santos wants people to get out of her work.

"I'm very happy when I can create empathy through my work," she said. "With this 'zine I also intended to fight some wrong ideas of us and show how it is to work [by] yourself."

Images from Santos series revolve around different illustrated women who are facing roadblocks in their work. They're struggling at their desk, crying out of frustration, letting opportunities fly by, facing a mountain of work, and more.

"I want people who work as a freelancer to recognize themselves, to know that there are a lot of us in this world and to understand that it's OK to sometimes feel alone, unsuccessful, and lost," Santos said, a statement that she also includes on her website. "I want freelancers to be more supportive with each other."


Check out eight of Santos' illustrations below:


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos


Photo Credit: Mariana Santos

To view more illustrations from Santos' fanzine, visit her website here.

(H/T: DesignTaxi)


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