Mid February is already here and my interest in blogging has come back. Like most people at the start of a new year I have done a lot of thinking about what I want for me, and for my life as an illustrator. To put it briefly I want more drawing, more experimenting, more doodling for the sake of it, and more storytelling. I also want to get out of the house more often and cycle a lot more (I say that as one of the pedals on my bike broke two weeks ago!). Oh, and I want to look around me more and notice the beautiful little things. And nature. Always nature.
So I’ll share all this here. 2018 is going to be a year full of art for me, so I may as well document it here. I’ll also share some things that I won’t share on my social media, like photos of my home, my travels, or extra sketches. And I’ll look for the little things that make me happy and photograph them. I won’t be too arty farty, but I want to make sure I notice them. I’d love to be able to post one photo a day on that theme, but I’m useless at sticking to things like that.
Anyway, the first 5 months of the year will be spent on creating a portfolio for children’s book publishers. In May I will be going to the KidLitVic conference in Melbourne and display my portfolio there for a whole day. It’s a bit daunting but also very exciting. I haven’t been to Melbourne for almost 8 years and it’s my favourite city in Australia so I look forward to being there again. I will be child free, which is going to be weird, and I must confess, very exciting!
This is Captain Urchin. I’m hoping to use it do to a character map for my portfolio. I have the start of a story for him to…all in good time…
An oldie (August) in my sketchbook. I need to draw more people (mostly children) and get better at it. This is already a bit old compared to now. I was still deeply looking for my style. I still am a bit, but I have an idea of where I’m headed now.
My home. I repainted the hallway bright white before Christmas. Something I’ve wanted to do since 2012, when we moved in. It’s so much brighter now, it makes me happy.
My home again. We bought this beautiful artwork by Gunvor Rasmussen when we were in Bergen (Norway) in 2015. I have a fond memory of her little shop, tucked away in a lane in the old part of Bergen, full of old buildings and wooden floorboards, and to this day I am still envious (in a good way) of what she’s achieved.