Hello, my name is Silja and I'm an artist, designer & psychology student from Iceland.
For most of my working life, I have had a variety of non-creative jobs, including being a support worker, care aide, housekeeper and sales assistant in a bookstore.
Although these jobs aren't considered "creative", they have been super useful to me and taught me all the things I value most: good communication, time management and respect for the people around me, whether it's clients or coworkers.
And most importantly, to always do my best at the job, because you never know how much it might mean to the other person.
The last 7 years have also consisted of a lot of travelling and living in various countries, which has greatly influenced my work and why I create it. I want my work to bring people closer together - even when they're (physically) miles apart.
But here I focus on the more creative things.
2018-2019 Senior art class leader
In charge of a few senior art classes in a residential care home that I used to work in. Doing still-life drawing, free drawing, making Christmas cards, Easter baskets and other crafts.
2017-present Portrait drawing (freelance)
I draw realistic charcoal/graphite portraits in sizes A4 and A5,
black and white.
These are very popular as gifts.
What I offer:
- People portraits.
- Pet portraits.
- Family portraits, up to 6 people in
2012-2018 Caricature drawing (freelance)
I did 4 separate projects drawing caricatures for large groups, where each individual got their own hand-drawn A4 caricature.
The smallest group had 32 people and the largest group had 63 people.
- Logo: Golden Grower.
- Logo: Íshampur.
Drew multiple front covers (caricature drawings)
for my college’s newsletter.
2020-present Psychology - BA
Háskolinn á Akureyri, Iceland
2018-2019 Graphic Design - Intensive Foundation
The Graphic Design School, Australia (Online)
2009-2013 Social Sciences line – College/A-Level
Menntaskolinn ad Laugarvatni, Iceland
Additional short courses:
- Graphic Processing (Adobe basics).
- Calligraphy evening course.
- Weekend photography course.
Drawing skills (realism, details).
Experience in charcoal and graphite, as well as oil paint,
watercolours (and more).
Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, MS Office, Excel, Powerpoint.
Basic knowledge in:
Final Cut Pro, iMovie.
English (excellent), Icelandic (fluent), Norwegian (very good),
French (very low).