I was asked by the really amazing and talented Tracey English to take part in a BLOGHOP and of course I said Yes Please. I’m posting a couple of days early as I won’t be around to post on Monday when this post is due. I hope that is ok?
And I’m passing the four question below onto my sister from another mister Karma Voce and the wonderful Anisa Makhoul , both people who are amazingly kind, funny but also very talented and they will post their blog posts on the 1st September.
I cannot wait to read about their ways of working. But for now…It’s time for me to answer some questions…
1. What am I working on?
I been drawing Ice Creams, squirrels, coffee and Terrariums for the past few weeks, in-between making coffee for people at a coffee shop where I work. Will reveal it all soon when it’s all official.
Today I did a commission, a wall piece art for a newly married couple by hand lettering their wedding vows (Can you make out what the song is by looking at the two photos above)?
I quite love working as an illustrator. It’s very new to me but I Think I love it! I love to draw. It’s summer and it’s the kids holidays and so most of my time is taking up by F A M I L Y!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure what my genre is? I’m not sure how it differs, if it does. I think my strength is that I’m kind of middle of the road. In the best possible way. My genre is M.O.R. I am LAGOM!!! Which is kind of the Swedish word for Middle of the Road. It’s not too perfect but not yet totally imperfect, it’s sugary but not too sweet. Not too hot not too cold not too long not too short not to this or too that…It’s…Just so. And about a millimetre away from being …Meh!
3. Why do I create what I do?
Pure pleasure! And a wish to find answers to question I didnt know I had asked. I like it. I love drawing. It’s fun. It’s an escape, it’s a way to keep restless fingers busy. Maybe I’d be a kleptomaniac if I didn’t draw? Only I’m too scared of getting caught to be a kleptomaniac. It’s fun to create drama on paper, it’s a lot more fun than living a dramatic life.
4. How does my writing/creative process work?
I get itchy fingers or an itchy mind and I draw. If at home i sit down on the bed with my pens and start. I sometimes have an idea, most of the time I don’t. I learnt that it doesn’t matter. I didn’t draw for a long time because I was told I had to have a concept or a story to tell, that you’d had to have a point of view, or an opinion, a reason. I had no stories to tell… I just like to look and see and to draw.
I never know the stories until afterwards and I have no concept until years after I finished a piece. This doesn’t happen often (the conceptiolisationing) as although I’m incredibly sentimental I am a bit of a heartbreaker when it comes to my drawings…I keep making new ones and I leave all the old ones behind…they tend to go in a bin when things get too cluttered.
Planning is trying a hundred keys into a lock and then jump on a wheel barrel and serve the keys for lunch. It’s unpredictable.
I am very scared of getting lost but drawing is to veer off the path and find hedgehogs in a mossy forest. But less contrived. I hate snobbery, especially in art. Also I think do rather than think/talk about stuff hence my issues with concepts and too much theory. I like the process. Other people are most welcome to do lots of theorising (if that is what they get off on)…For me the process is the fun part…Hence that is what I do (because I like having fun!)
I can sit there imagine all sorts of things and then when the drawing is finished it’s done and I forget.