Hey all you wonderful people! I know I’ve not posted for a good while, but things are cranking up again here. Work has been busy, summer has been lazy, and in our spare time my husband, Thomas, and I have been working away creating a new website – schickeda.nz where all our various web presences can be in one place. That means a brand new portfolio to showcase our commissioned design/ illustration/ web work. We’ve also combined our two blogs – Liberty the Great, the tales of our housebus adventures, and Hannah in the World, this blog, where I’ve been posting my drawings.
This means that all my future posts will be at schickeda.nz/blog, and for you not to miss them, I’d love for you to head over and subscribe there. This is the last time I’ll be posting here – but please, let’s keep in touch!
If you head over, there’s another post for you at the new blog, and below is a sneak peek of one of my favourite jobs from last year.
Thanks heaps for your support over the last year – it’s been a big one of personal and professional learnings – hopefully this year will continue the trend.
At the moment we are parked in a campground with just a little stream separating the bus from the beach. The boys spend their days casting buckets and unbaited hooks (we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that there are not, and will never be, fish in that meter-wide trickle of water) from the little bridge that spans the creek, and their nights dreaming of the one that got away. I wanted to capture some of their adventures in this repeat pattern. It was a good opportunity to challenge myself to add a sense of place to my drawings – something that you’ll notice has been sadly lacking from pretty much all my 100 days posts. Having finally gotten around to figuring out the repeat pattern function in illustrator, my mind is now buzzing with ideas of how to apply it to more of my work.
Ok, just one more. We’re parked up in our home-on-the-road, Liberty the Great, in Te Awanga in the Bay of Plenty. It’s an awesome campground, right on the beach, and we’re loving the feeling of impending summer. There’s a legend in these parts of a beautiful woman called Pania who lived in the ocean, and fell in love with the son of a chief. She could only be out of water at night, and had to return to the ocean at dawn. Given the setup, it’s not suprising that treachery and betrayal ensued, and she and their son fled back to the water, never to return. Here she is, back in the ocean as a single mother, nursing the boy who grows up to the kaitiaki (guardian) of the area, a taniwha (spirit) who often disguises himself as a shark, a stingray or an octopus.
SO here it is, drawing #100. It’s taken me 231 days to get here, as opposed to my proposed 100, but I’ve stuck at it and made it through to the end. I’m good at having ideas and starting things, but not that awesome at getting them finished, so I’m pretty proud of myself.
Some things I’ve learned along the way:
- Creating is good for my soul
- I really enjoy pattern and embellishing an otherwise simplified drawing
- I like drawing people most of all
- Doing what I enjoy and sharing it with others is a great way to get jobs I really enjoy 🙂
- I’m ready to take my illustration work to the next level. I’ve got a brand new website in the pipeline, and projects and products bubbling away in my head, ready to explode. Stay tuned for more!
A little about this picture though… I don’t know why, and people around me are probably actually tired of hearing about it, but I’m just so damned tired all the time. It’s really not helping in getting extra curricular work done (hence, in part the tardiness of this project) and I’m trying to work on a solution, but in the meantime, this picture is dedicated to deep deep sleep I only dream of.
If you’ve enjoyed these 100 drawings, and are interested in working with me, either as an illustrator or a graphic designer, please get in touch, I’d so love to hear from you. Or if you have any ideas for a collaboration, sing out! And if you’d just like to say hi, I’m cool with that too.
Off to bed now – I deserve it!
Mr Mermaid, his tail sweeping through the air, whacking the ball out of the court, accidentally looks uncannily like my husband.
Last year I did some quick t-shirt designs for Thomas’ beach volleyball team in Hamburg. They’ve asked me to come up with a design again this year, and I’ve had fun coming up with designs for king and queen of the beach.
I’m doing an online class at the moment – it’s for aspiring artists and illustrators is described by teacher, Amy Ng as:
A 6-week, fully online class, available instantly anytime 24/7, anywhere to everyone around the world. We’ll teach you how to differentiate yourself from the sea of other talents out there, how to build your presence effectively, how to self-promote fearlessly and how to make money from your art.
Phew, sounds full on (in the best way), right? In the first week I was challenged to delve into my past, scrutinise and analyse myself, my work and my experiences. Although Amy’s previous emails had talked about the need to get personal, I somehow hadn’t expected it to get so deep so quickly. This picture comes out of those thoughts and reflections. It’s a portrait of who I was when I was 10, what I loved, and the games I was playing at the time. She is creative, often plays the boys in games, makes, build, dresses up. She’s freckly, a bit awkward looking, but confident in her awesome style. She’s away with the fairies, feels panic and shame at not doing things right; anxiety around incompetence. She still has a lot to learn. She also has a lot to teach.
As my 100 drawings project draws to a close, I’m thinking more about what I want to be doing in my work and on this blog from here. I imagine the course will help my with these questions and I’m looking forward to the answers.
Something Amy suggested was asking other people to feed back on my work and style. Having seen the progression of this project over the course of the year, do you have any insights for me? How would you describe my work? Any comments would be really useful! Thanks in advance!
A friend got in touch recently to ask if I could do some lettering for a teatowel to be given out at a family gathering. She wanted a casual calligraphic look, which I managed to put together within a tight timeframe and budget. It was an interesting process working on a handlettered piece with this many words. Getting the composition right with so many swashes and ligatures was no mean feat, but I’m pleased with how it came together. What do you think?
Feeling inspired by the flip in seasons, I thought I’d have a go at a repeat pattern. Very simple – not terribly well planned or executed, it was still fun. Another thing to add to my list of stuff I’d like to learn more about!