Timelapse of colouring a digital illustration and weekly waffle.

Another happy, shiney week in art land.

Working on changing my drawing style and it's much harder than I thought it would be! At the moment, 80% of my drawing is done traditionally - pencil on paper, then scanned and coloured digitally. I'm trying to figure out what exactly I don't want to give up and what I do need to let go of to push my art in a new direction. The idea of drawing totally on a tablet seems a little sad so I don't imagine that will turn into a reality - not in my pencil loving world anyway.

Water colour painting is totally kicking my frog lately, every time I put the brush on paper something magical happens, (which is absolutely no reflection on any talent I may have and more about the medium). I've set myself a wee task of drawing something, (faces and working on that stylising thing again), then replicating the design across different mediums - digital, water colour and my brushmarkers. It's fun to trying to replicate techniques across the mediums (failing mostly) and then just enjoying the totally different feel each illustration has.

I'm not sure what the end goal actually is for the experimenting, after 3 years of working mostly on tarot decks for my passion projects, I feel a bit disjointed now I'm not working on designing one. Time to throw myself in to something new - which will probably be my workbook/art journal. It has lessons, drawing tips, activities and some magic info for art journaling. 

Living the dream when the problem is what art project to concentrate on!




digital colouring

Spirit Doll Illustration

For Artists Open Studios this year I decided to try something new. I made cocoon dolls, that hang from the ceiling. They embodied a spiritual transition, had delicate illustrations on their bodies and had 'cocoon wraps' of gold leaf. 

Quite a departure from my normal drawing, it was interesting to work in a different medium, with 'new' problems to work through. I've gone back to paper to play with the concept. 

I really like the idea of a range of spirit dolls - made from natural(ish), recycled materials. With crystals attached. Similar in idea to medicine woman dolls. It's fun just to draw them let alone create them as a doll, I need to work on ways of including different elements.

This one became a part of my creative journaling class. I envision her hanging from a tree which is why she's upside down. The first time I drew her and painted her, there was a tragic accident with a gold ink pen. Redrew her and painted it again. There's still a black linework background to add in but I'm loving her so far. It's definitely sparked off a bundle of ideas! 


Close up

2018 AOS dissection

I was in a new spot this year, with the best boss ever Frances Sim Higgins, letting me show my work from LeftBank Art Supplies. 

It was great to be in with other artists and I acquired some sneaky, sneaky tips and skills from being around  Julz Coffey! Julz is reknowned as a Fibre Artist and maker of beautiful things. Quite pleased to be bringing two of her pieces home with me this year! (You can find Julz on Facebook under Julie Coffey Artist and Frances Sim Higgins has a page as well - highly recommend looking at their work annnnd both do workshops and lessons).

I'm not quite sure yet what the highlight was for me from this year. I am the proud new owner of a lovely mixed media piece by Tanya Hayton (The Paper Package), which I'll photograph and share after I pick it up tomorrow. I met lovely folk - as I always do at markets and AOS. My circle of 'woowoo', cool kids has grown as well as some work collaborations I'm pretty excited about! 

What was a nice surprise, was the interest in my 'doodle' pages. Both in the (undrawn on) painted backgrounds, which I prep and scan for my creative journaling. And then the overwhelming response to my little characters and ships was VERY unexpected. I know that my colour combinations are not traditional, so to have so many people love them as a work of art to hang in their homes was seriously awesome sauce! All up, 14 ships, mermaids and magical castles have been adopted by AOS visitors - pretty crazy cool right? With 2 more commissioned. Obviously I need to change my focus and spend my life creating inspiring words and telling stories with lines in white.

I don't remember how many times I've been asked about the pens I use. I happened across them on my internet travels and can honestly say - there is NOTHING like them in New Zealand. Like seriously - they are not sold here. But I'm working on it, with the help of the best boss in the world and a company halfway round the world, we hope (cross your fingers - we're doing the hoop jumping now), to have them for sale soon. It will be worth the wait, I KNOW you're going to love them as much as I do.

For all those who came out and once again supported me, I thank you very much. For those waiting on digital prints of original art works that sold before you could get your hands on them, they will be available within two weeks from my Etsy store. If you live in Wanganui, I will create a coupon code that when used, will let me know you'd like to pick it up from LeftBank Art Supplies.  

Its time for bed now - I have some serious sleeping to catch up on! 

J xox