I’ve been very disciplined at making sure I do at least one drawing each week for the ’52 Week Illustration Challenge. It’s been a great way to experiment with media, and without some sort of theme I often get stuck on ideas – so loved the weekly prompt to kick me off. Here is a collection from the past few weeks…
Tania’s lovely 52 Week Challenge is almost at the end of the year! But do not fear, it will be back in 2015 with another 52 snappy challenges (and I’ll be helping behind the scenes next year too). But this week’s theme is Sunshine, and to kick off Melbourne’s and and off again summer, here is my drawing for this week.
Bear attempting to fly, in three acts, for this week’s 52WeekChallenge.
I don’t read a huge amount of blogs, but the ones I do, I love. So I was honoured to be asked by Bridie (who inspires me so much with tales and life words from a lovely family) from Miss and Misters to join a “Blog Hop” – answering the same questions, and passing onto other bloggers. So here I am, answering why I write, or in my case draw. Thanks Bridie!
What Am I Working On?
At the moment my day (of work, which I have two of a week, plus every nap my baby has) is filled with the following work:
- Portraits, which have sort of become my “bread and butter”, that I sell on Etsy
- Creating the online magazine for Illustrators Australia (Outline)
- Creating characters or portraits for people’s businesses/logo design etc
- Book projects, I’m currently working on two board books for babies, one educational book and one picture book… my dream work (as mentioned in an earlier post!) and hopefully this area will continue to grow, and…
- Card designs, which I sell through a company
- And sometimes, fun/play stuff, which sometimes I turn into prints or cards for markets etc, or stuff for the 52 Week Challenge.
So I can’t say it is one thing, rather a medley of bits and pieces threaded together through mainly something to do with drawing. The days are flat out – work work and (play) in a frantic, yet satisfying sort of hazy blend. I do love it. Very much.
How Does My
Writing (drawing) Differ From Others In My Genre?
Well this must be one of the harder questions, because developing your own style and footprint on your artwork is a tricky delicate thing. I’ve spent a long time trying to refine my style, learn from artists that inspire me, watch what is going on with kids books, but also keep a style that works for kids books and my own taste. I’m not sure if I’m there yet. I look at what I created a few years ago and know I’m closer. When I loose faith I think of the awesome Ira Glass words that keep me going…
You just gotta keep making, and then one day it will be distinctly yours methinks. Maybe you don’t even know when you’ve arrived.
Why Do I
Write (draw) What I Do?
I find my imagination has always been sparked by kids books, and illustrations are really like little stories. So really, I just like playing with ideas and critters, creating work that makes me feel something sparky, and maybe sometimes others do too. These range from cats and dogs floating in space, to thinking about how much I love my kid, to just playing with art mediums and seeing what turns out.
Now that this world is turning into my job, I’m also trying to make the right choices in what I am drawing – along with playing, I’m thinking “what can be turned into a birthday card?” “could this bird become a character in the book?” etc. Because time is precious, I work fast and explosively, so the studio is a bomb site of projects and sometimes I’ll lift something off the ground and glue it onto another thing and see what turns out. Like this to this:
The lovely Tania McCartney shared a full break down of using the above contraption here if you’d like to have a detailed look.
How Does My
Writing (drawing) Process Work?
As mentioned above, time is a rare and precious commodity, so it’s really straight into it on my two full days of work a week. I’m really lucky that we have a little studio space separate the house, and I can knuckle down and turn on the radio and start (emailing, drawing, printing etc). I jump around from project to project in little chunks of time so I get something done for all my work bits and pieces each day, and don’t get lazy or zapped by any of them. My breaks are things like vacuuming. Exciting times! But at the end of the day, when I used to work at a desk in publishing, I’d feel wiped out and exhausted – now I feel excited and satisfied (most of the time).
Sharing the Love
Now remember how I said I don’t read a lot of blogs? I searched around for people to ask, and I’m afraid rather than the three people I was meant to ask, currently I just have one – my dear pal Kerry Belviso, but I think her post is going to be amazing, so hopefully that makes up for me. Kerry is an amazing Kinesiologist who works with people to meet their full potential – she’s a lovely lady too. I may have a couple more to add later this week 🙂
Thanks very much to Bridie for asking me to be a part of this.