Office tale of Joren Joshua, illustrator & muralist

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Who are you :
Joren Joshua

Your current job :
Freelance illustrator & muralist

In which city are you located?
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
I have 2 sides. The thinker or the long distance train.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Loads of paper, markers, spray paint, my macbook, scanner, photoshop.

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What does your office space look like?
It’s one room for everything, my living room, bedroom and office. I have a lot of light coming from my big windows. With a little view on the water. I keep it sober with not too many stuff because I’m actually a litlle bit chaotic. So the main tool in my room is the big table.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
Depends on my mood, in the morning I prefer radio. It feels like starting a real working day like people with a office job, haha. Later on I listen a lot to hiphop. But also a lot of other kind of music. A while ago I realized Arcade Fire is one of the bands I can always listen to.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I should make more to do lists. I just prefer having a deadline, in that case I just don’t stop before it’s fixed!

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Start early, throw away internet and don’t forget to go outside.

You're better than your colleagues to :
I don’t like the word ‘better’. It’s more interesting to ask yourself: What is typical me? I think the caricaturale figures, graphic shapes and a sense of humor representing my work.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Just go on!

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Starting early and keep your computer closed if you don’t need it.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
Really important, the hot shower! After that I like drinking a coffee and start checking my mailbox. Than I start sketching with a little marker to create an idea and to warm up. The rest of the day depends on the jobs. I finish my working day most of the time with a beer and some chips or nuts.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
I’m not really into gadgets and don’t even have a smartphone! But I like to have a small sketchbook with me. I don’t like the drawings in my sketchbooks but it’s a good tool to collect little ideas.

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