Saturday, December 7, 2013
The only way for an illustrator to keep their drawing skills sharp is to draw, draw, draw (seems obvious, right?). I have bins full of sketchbooks. They're collections of scrap papers, notes, quotes, pencil sketches, pen drawings, watercolour doodles, magazine clippings, even the occasional food label. It's my learning process on record, so it's great to go back ten years ago and remind myself of where I was!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I was asked to illustrate a man flying naked for a hilarious article about the misunderstandings that result from poor translations. When searching for reference photos of anatomy, I mindlessly typed in "naked + man". I pressed the enter key and nearly fell out of my chair! (Let me tell you it was nothing like the life drawing images I'd hoped for.) Fortunately a quick switch to "old man + Speedo + beach" gave me better results.
And here's the second illustration:
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I love jacaranda season. They've bloomed early this year (a sign that we've got a hot summer ahead). While leaves in the U.S. are changing to reds and oranges, we've got purple! I suppose everyone else is used to it though, because while I stroll the sidewalk emphatically looking up and going "Oh my gosh, isn't this amazing?!!", others cross the street to avoid the strange woman that can't seem to walk straight. I just get overly excited, that's all...
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Today's been such a strange day. I usually illustrate during the daytime when I have natural light pouring through the window, but today was cast in an eerie yellow-orange light. Bush fires in just about every direction have been flaring up with the dry, windy weather, blowing a huge blanket of ashy smoke over Sydney. My heart goes out to those affected by the fires. If it's this noticeable in the city, I can't imagine elsewhere in the state...
Monday, October 7, 2013
I was asked to do an illustration for Amy's wonderful story on locally-made artisan cheese. The only problem illustrating an ethical food column is, of course, painting with an empty stomach. You have no idea how much cheese I ate when I was working on this illo.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time-lapse videos are so fascinating-- they seem to make the world so tiny. I recently found an article featuring photographer Pavel Trotsenko's videos of Sydney (here). It's a fast tour of the city and surrounding areas. There's also a great video showing the Sydney Vivid Light Festival which I blogged about earlier this year (I've added the new video at the bottom): http://erinmakai.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/vivid-festival.html
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I've been wanting to combine watercolour and textiles for awhile, so it's great to finally have a little time to experiment! After sending my files to be printed on cotton fabric and getting to physically make the items that I'd dreamed up, I'm really happy with the results! I've added two new items on Etsy: a mini butterfly pillow and a children's pillow cover featuring one of my favourite illos.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Yay! I'm excited to see that while I was gone, the new International Traveller Magazine hit the news agencies! I was asked to do an editorial illo for an article covering a lot of aspects of the Mauritius Islands, especially the colonial history and traditional culture. It was a hard one to figure out since the culture comes from a mix of influences: Indian, African, Chinese, and European. I picked elements from the story-- banyan trees, the dodo bird, the ship that Flinders sailed, pointsettias, etc.-- and folded them into the skirt of a woman dancing traditional Sega.