At the beginning of this month, I flew down to Melbourne for the SUPERGRAPH and the Jacky Winters Gives You the Business | #JWGYTB conference, which was held over two days. The two days were nothing short of jam-packed enlightenment, showcasing industry professionals creating, informing, discussing.
SUPERGRAPH exhibited established and emerging artists/designers. And there was a clear sense of 'revisiting' all things 80's.The 'vibe' was very relaxed, with competitions and challenges from draw-offs, design tarot, print-making, illustration challenges and perfectly good food and wine, to pompom making at the Frankie/Smith Journal stands. The variety was awesome with so many exhibitors showing unique styles, fresh colours and basic geometrics. Big shout out the the lithographic, digital print on textiles/fashion, and letterpress; love seeing all the various styles re-emerge. A few agencies such as the illustrationweb.com people and of course Jacky Winters, RedBubble and Media Arts Lawyers were represented as well.
#JWGYTB - where the serious 'stuff' happened - presented as a forum where 'creatives' (artists, authors, illustrators, designers, photographers etc.) openly discussed money, professional conduct, time management, all the way through to briefing, budget and 'bigger' business.
Who where these industry professionals:
Why five posts: the first post is an introduction, and mostly deals with Copyright (day 1, session 1) so I thought I'd get this 'biggie' out of the way before delving into the worlds of social media and time management apps.
As a final note before I get started, these notes really were personal review, written hurriedly with more information piling up in my brain than was committed to paper. I therefore take no responsibility for its authority/accuracy but hope you review it in the spirit it was written: to reflect and share. it seems most useful for me to post the bits that where of real importance and hopefully, you as the reader/creative etc., would conduct further research where relevant, always seeking legal advice where necessary in your case.
This is also from the perspective of a freelance illustrator/designer living in Australia, so obviously variations and legalities will apply in your country of work, so please refer to the laws of your country, wherever possible.
Let's get started: Day 1
This is my year! I've decided to experiment, explore and expand! Expectations and outlook. There are so many styles, and levels of great illustration, and I've spent this week, really researching local and international artists.
So, the best way to play and explore these styles is best done through the challenges.... 52 week illustration challenge and my other daily doodle group, Doodle Day... These certainly do inspire - the artists on the challenges are supportive and creative in dealing with a theme.
So, to kitchen. This week, we see digital techniques with scanned pencil line or brush work (as in the kangaroo kitchen image above) - just love the ink!
Next week, MAGIC!
COMBINING DIGITAL AND TRADITIONAL - STYLE
Technique - my focus is three styles: 1. fully traditional. I'm collaborating with a talented author at the moment, and her preference is pastel, and it really suits the demographic, so I'm working with that at the moment.
2. Brush and ink, ink blocks and watercolour... this is interesting, because I really can't give up the strong varied line - I love it too much! It certainly suits an older audience, so with that in mind, looking at illustrators with a similar line work really has expanded my horizons.
3. Pencil and watercolour with digital... now this is similar to the works above, with a little sideline note. I started working with scanned watercolour paper and lo and behold a 4th style came out of that... a purely 'crafted' sort of feel... so I lied, there's 4 not three styles! Gallery below (and of course the images out of 52 week illustration above):
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.