I am so honoured to be invited by Monika Forsberg aka Walkyland, my uber talented friend and fellow artist, to participate in this global BLOGHOP!! We met online through a Lilla Rogers course, and have since become bosom buddy virtual pen pals that chat daily. Her work is so quirky and cool, and she is the warmest kindest person. If you love her work as much as I do, she has recently started putting some prints in her shop, and I am sure she would be happy to have commission enquiries too! I was also asked earlier by Kate Mason aka Messy Miss Kate to participate in a similar bloghop, but she forgot to send me the questions in time before she tagged me (she has 5 kids that she balances along with her artwork, so you know, fair enough!) Her work is also really lovely and she is super sweet and kind, so check her site out too. The questions from both women were a bit different, so i have cheekily used a mixture of both to save time!
So.. onto the questions
What am I working on?
I have a range of greeting cards that are in pre-production stage at the moment. I entered the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search competition, and will find out if i made it to the second round in 2 days. Last week I started an in-house contract designing for Kmart Australia, Womenswear Department. This will be 4 days a week for 6 months, so it means I have a lot less time for my own work, but it is a great experience, and a lovely workplace environment. It is very different to my personal style, so it really pushes me in new and interesting ways of working. To avoid more desk/computer time at night, I draw from the comfort of the couch. This means I am still connecting with my family, but working at same time, so that I can try to create at least one personal drawing a day. I have recently been really enjoying doing ink drawings. Previously I was using fine liner over my pencil sketches, but I love the irregular line weight and texture of ink even more. I regularly post my work on instagram if you want to follow me there…
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Gee, thats tricky. Coming from an in-house design background, diversity is key, so I am still trying to navigate my various styles into one, so I don’t know if I even fit in one genre. Therefore it is hard for me to know how I differ from others.
How long does it take to create a project?
How long is a piece of string! Coming from the very fast paced world of fashion I have had to work to very tight dealines. I work pretty fast. I completed my first GTS entry in under 3 hours, but the final one took a lot longer. I tweaked and tweaked to get it just so. I can pump out Ink/Line drawings pretty fast, but creating a pattern repeat can take a lot longer. It is really varied, I can create 5-10 patterns a day, or I can spend 3-4 days on one. It really depends on the complexity of the piece, and the style in which I work. The below design took nearly 2 days I think. It was the first digital floral design I had done, and I was learning as I went, so it would probably be quicker for me now.
Why do I create what I do?
I just have a love for good aesthetics, and I love drawing and creating- it is in my blood. I didn’t pursue as a career until I was 30, so I am trying to make up for lost time. It just makes me happy to try and create colourful eye candy. If it brings me pleasure, then I hope it brings others pleasure too. I dont think i would be good at doing anything other than creative pursuits tbh. It is who I am, not what I am.
What are my favourite things I love to create with at the moment?
I usually approach things 2 ways -I either sketch on paper or straight onto the computer. For paper I use a Staedler .5mm HB pencil on smooth high quality laser copy paper, and use a kneadable eraser. I tried other weight leads, but this is my fave. The kneadable eraser is the bomb. Once you try you will never go back to a rubber eraser. And the smooth high quality laser paper is only about $5 a ream, so it is uber cheap, and as it is smooth, the eraser doesn’t smudge, and there is no grain when scanned into photoshop. For ink drawings I use an Australian made Draw & Wash pad by Art Spectrum. It is 210gm, and has a fine tooth, so it erases well and scans well, but can handle ink and gouache and water colour. I use Pentel Aquash pens. they have a refillable resorvoir and are a lot less messy than brush and inkpot. I use a waterproof black ink, So that i can experiment with water colour as well if I want to.
If I draw straight in computer I use my Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet and pen. It has taken me years to really get used to working this way, but now I love it so so much. I have slowly gathered and created just the right plug-ins and brushes so that I can draw easily now, right onto the computer. I also have endless other mediums at my disposal, but I am more used to working digitally, so I don’t use them enough, but acrylic, gouache, watercolour, copic markers, ink, watercolour pencils, colour pencils, pastels, oil pastels, lino cuts, and lots of types of paper, fill my cupboards to overflowing. I have a lot of craft things that I have collected over the years too, from fabric, to buttons, polymer clay to embroidery threads. I love using all, but have found I lean heavily towards digital design, or finishing, as that is where my professional background has led me, and I do love the option of an undo button! I would like to do a lot more hands on work, but it always feels a bit too fun, and not like work, so I often feel like its a guilty pleasure. This mindset is a tad warped, and I probably need to work on it!
How does my writing/creative process work?
mmm.. lets see. I will do some research on pinterest or google first, then write or sketch out my ideas. Then I will scan into computer and either trace my sketches digitally, or use them as is, but add colour via computer. Sometimes I will scan in completed work as is, but usually there is some kind of digital editing process.
So that’s it. Thanks heaps for reading, and I would now like to tag some artists that I think are awesome, and would love to hear how they work..
I met these guys the same way I met Monika, through an online course with Lilla Rogers.
Neryl Walker is also from Melbourne. Her work has a really cool vintage 60’s vibe, and I absolutely love it! We recently met for the first time in person, and she is a cool cookie.
Ashley Stein is from Canada, and we met through a course with Rachel Taylor first, then Lilla Roger’s course, and we also met face to face in New York at Surtex last year. We have a similar work history background, and she does super cool artwork in her own very distinctive style.
Thanks For stopping by, and I hope you enjoy following up on the other guys. They might not have their posts ready in time for when I go live, but you can always go see their sites first regardless.
Happy day to you xx