Braelinn’s dark and punny illustrations

Thanks Braelinn aka @brae.ns for accepting to take part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series! Let’s start the questions!

How long have you been drawing?

Since I was a kid, but I always felt like I was just doodling and never took it seriously. Then I went to school for Graphic Design and learned the basics of how to draw. My drawings still look like doodles but I’d say they turned into doodles with a purpose (lol) around 4 years ago when I went to school.

What’s your process?

Come up with the pun – these come to me randomly and I keep a list going, other times they just come to me when I’m ready to draw. Then I sketch it out in color, then go over it in black felt pens. I usually scan it or take a photo and just adjust the color and post. Also anytime you see color that’s added digitally.

Digital vs traditional?

Traditional! I’m a graphic designer and everything for work is done in the Adobe Suite. I love that this is my excuse to step away and put pencil/pen to paper.

How long does it take to create it?

1-3 hours per piece

Is it a hobby or your career?

Hobby. I make art as a career but this is my fun project. I do sell things but it’s just a small portion of my income. Who knows, maybe I’ll take it big one day!

Why do you draw?

As a creative release. It’s also very meditative. I go crazy if I haven’t drawn in awhile!

What inspires you?

For this project- death. That sounds dark but it’s really not. My drawings are cute and funny. I am obsessed with death because it’s what gives life meaning. We’re all going to die, life is limited. We have right here and now, what are you going to do with it? I’m going to eat dessert.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

I would say my business achievements. I’ve made a career as a freelance graphic designer. Now, I’m making moves on my press-on nail brand. 

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

Myself! I’m the only one holding me back. Change your thoughts and change your life.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

My first thought was eating dessert, lol! I’d go around to all the best places for pancakes, ice cream, and cookies. Then I’d just die probably covered in all of those. I’ll have my cats with me too of course

How can people get in contact with you? 

DM me 🙂


@braelinn – personal

@rave_nailz – my press on nail brand 

@braelinn.eats – my food (cough dessert) blog

Braelinn portrait.

Braelinn painting a mural and participating in her favorite activity, dessert.

Braelinn’s press on nails (This is her best-seller, the Bad Witch Nailz)

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