Recently I’ve done a lot of drawing, although in the past it has been such a conflicting activity for me. I’ve always drawn, obsessively for 10 years since I could hold a pen. It got to the point where I would draw on myself if I ran out of paper (or margins…). However, it burned itself out and for a long time I didn’t dare make a mark on paper. This time it has come from the subconscious mind instead of ambition. For this reason trying to explain the work makes the meaning hide itself even more. My goal is to keep exploring this surrealism and see where it leads. Here is a piece I’m working on:
I make a few strokes on paper and then add to it depending on what comes to mind. I will finish the images digitally, so they will be a mix of pencils, inks, watercolour and pixels. Interesting how urban decay still keeps popping up. I’m tempted to make these into prints and sell them somewhere online.
I’ve started a new temp job as an industrial seamstress and I can tell you it is HARD work. I must have made about 600 pocket seams today.
This adventure into the world of textile industry is a bit of a desperate measure from me, because I panicked about the employment rate of artists. Also I have always been a student and since graduating I have to change my whole life very quickly. Thankfully I can keep studying away independently on Skillshare and now on Lynda.
Anyway, as an antidote to freaking out, I have started to toy with some new career development ideas and thanks to Etsy, am now very fascinated by SEO and online marketing. There is so much to learn and I am surprised and pleased to find out that I am enjoying the process a lot. In an attempt to experiment with all of this a bit, I’ve made some downloadable prints that function also as coloring pages. I recommend using metallic markers on everything. It looks amazing.
The theme in all of these is ‘Tools of trade’, for those who want to express their artisan profession or hobby with pride. Check them out in Noctuary Art! More of these and a wall calendar of this theme is also in the pipeline and available on Etsy soon.
Recently I have discovered watercolours. I never painted anything much more taxing than a colour wheel before, but suddenly I am obsessed with this medium. Maybe it’s a sign of stress being released that I can spend hours painting a tiny insect whilst ignoring events like graduation and the young designers spring exhibition. I feel very pleased with my new activity and hope that it can develop my illustrating skills too.
I have been very busy getting ready to graduate. Now only few more weeks left and then this is done. All of my courses are finished and now I just want to make use of the free facilities while I can and finish all of my unfinished business i.e dye yarn, fix clothes, use the laser cutting machine etc. My mind has pretty much checked out from uni already and I feel strangely free, afraid and optimistic.
How can one not be. I just completed my first course in illustration (Drawing Collections: Illustrating Stories through Taxonomies with Kate Bingaman-Burt)! Illustration is something I’ve always wanted to do semi-professionally, but haven’t because of an inner conflict with drawing. Losing myself in drawing guide books when I was younger led to me copying other people’s styles, not coming up with my own. This was because I thought that the more realistic something looked, the better it was.
Now it feels really refreshing to try again, with less judgement. I’m sure the style will come with practice.
A little print/illustration of my sweater collection: