All illustrations courtesy Tasneem Amiruddin As a freelancer, personal projects and commissioned work often intersects, and balancing the two can be challenging, she says. She tries to squeeze in a fun illustration or two even when she’s particularly busy with work. There’s also a marked difference in style when it comes to the two — while her picture books have a very kid-centric approach, she likes to explore different styles in her personal illustrations, experimenting with colours and brushes. “I guess from time to time you [have] to do something on your own [which] actually boosts your creativity and that’s where you can come with your original ideas,” she says. See more of Tasneem Amiruddin’s work on Behance here or on Instagram at @tasneemamiruddin. Fresh out of college, Jessica Jani is a writer at Paper Planes. She enjoys reading books, about books, and the scores of magazines she now has access to thanks to our amazing library. Find her on Instagram as @jesthetic_.