As with any creative project, there is always an initial starting point. I want to start this section the same way, but instead of an introduction to a client or a brief, I’ll introduce you to who I am: the girl behind ‘By Siba’.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Sarah Finn. In the grand scheme of things, I’m an aspiring graphic designer & illustrator - working from my bedroom at home in the North East of England. 

But it all started in primary school, that cliche but true time, where I specifically remember deciding that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. How? I created a drawing of myself painting a portrait, which my teacher would later have printed on a set of drinks coasters for me to gift to my parents. We’ve still got them to this day: my first physical product with my art on. From that moment, I was always creating something, whether it was scribbles on a piece of paper, characters for a book, or more notably, countless shoe designs for many brands when I was 10 years old.

It wasn’t until 2017 that I discovered my passion for graphic design: the crafting process of creating visual content to communicate messages in a variety of ways. 

I took it upon myself to experiment with Adobe software through trial & error, along with watching countless YouTube tutorials. My first creations were certainly not award winning standards. But I had so much fun spending hours working away & it led to me gaining a greater appreciation for graphic design. I knew I wanted to take this hobby to new levels: learn new vital skills that would help me develop further as a designer & find my own creative flare.

During my A-Levels, I began dabbling in the world of freelance design through creating logos, business cards & posters for local businesses. Along side this, I also began completing commissions for tattoo designs & custom illustrations. The dream? To do graphic design & illustrations all day, every day. 

‘BySiba’ is my adventure for 2021 & beyond. It is my business. My brand. For now, I will be selling prints of my original illustrations & digital designs - all of which are carefully created & printed by myself at home. Prints are only the beginning of my journey. My head is bursting with ideas 24/7 (hence why I’m a night owl mostly!). It’s baby steps, but those ideas will become a reality. It’s now or never to take the leap of making my dream career into my reality. But first, I think I’ll take a nap.

Thank you for being a part of my adventure!