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Iain Macarthur, Freelance Illustrator/ Artist

Iain Macarthur, Freelance Illustrator/ Artist

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you : 

My name is Iain Macarthur and I’m 32 years old, I’m very passionate about art, music, and anything that’s creative

Your current job : 

I’m a Freelance Illustrator/ Artist

In which city are you located? 

East London, England

A word to define what kind of worker you are: 


What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) 

I use a variety of tools, mostly Pens, Pencils, adobe photoshop & Illustrator.

What does your office space look like?

 It sometimes looks Chaotic when I’m busy working at my desk, but most days it’s a bit clean and organized.

What kind of music do you listen to when you are working?

 I listen to all sorts of music to get me motivated such as Motown, Electronic and Trip Hop. At the moment I’m listening to Four tet’s Album ‘New Energy’.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work? 

I usually check my emails in the morning and then I work on commissions or personal projects throughout the day.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?

 I find listening to music keep me productive, and also if you’re stressed out or burnt output the pen down and take a break once and a while, sit in the park or cycle somewhere can help clear your mind.

You’re better than your colleagues to: 

Movie Trivia

What is the best advice anyone has given you? 

 Be curious/work hard

What is your best tip for saving time? 

Avoid distractions, if you work at home then maybe try to work somewhere else like a cafe or a small office space.

What is your routine start and end of the day? 

I don’t really have a routine, I start my day with a shower, then coffee and breakfast whilst checking my Instagram. And in the end, I sometimes watch Netflix or play video games.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without? 

Ipad pro | 

East London city guide x Iain Macarthur 

Café – Kahaila Cafe, located in brick lane east London, it’s a nice chilled cafe which I like to hang out in.

Restaurant– Mamma dough, awesome pizza restaurant located in south London, they make really good veggie pizza’s!

Shopping– Shoreditch high street, they have some nice vintage shops and is also nice to walk around there.

Grocery – Sainsbury’s, local shop just around the corner from my home, not very exciting.

Other- I recommend V&A museum in west London if you want to get super inspired by art culture,