Romancing the Stars 2016
Images and Video by Peter Allert
The event held last Thursday was nothing short of a whirlwind romance - meeting 20 of the recently published Australian authors and illustrators (2015-2016) in no less than three minutes. Pre-event mingling - talking books, publishing and sales, snacks, wine and 3 minutes per star - afforded all listeners a 'sneak peak' into the climate of children's book publishing in Australia this year; what's being published by whom. From picture books, all the way to young adult fiction, the cross-section of skills and experience had all attendees wanting more!
Acclaimed authors including James Moloney, Jennifer Loakes, Pamela Rushby, Michelle Worthington, Yvonne Mess alongside Samantha Wheeler (both fellow WriteLinks members), Zarkora writers Nicholas and Alison Lochel (image below); all kept us riveted through tales of research, historical facts, personal comedy/tragedy, professional endeavors and publishing toils.
Talented illustrators and fellow B.I.G members Helene Magisson, Anil Tortop (image below), Brian Faulkner and Giuseppe Poli discussed the tribulations of the 'creative approach to book publishing' in all it's 'bare all' meaning... their processes, working with publishers and authors, and most importantly, those VERY. VERY. LATE evenings... changing goalposts and deadlines. And yes, a little gossip was swapped...
Overall, an informative evening out... talented authors and illustrators really keep this going, along with the co-ordination and support of BookLinks, IDTL and CBCA.
One of my goals for the year was to keep working with ink. I worked through a Skillshare course run by Yuko Shimizu - the queen of inking - and I think as I worked through the course, and these Ladies, things started to evolve - my line work loosened up, tonally there was improvement, and of course texture, which is Yuko Shimizu's big thing. The objective was to do one piece with at least six varied patterns, textures or bleeds in it. Since I'm obsessed with the straight line, this took me a little getting used to, but once it became clear, the line hindered the style, things began falling into place. Not just with the zodiac but other works in the pipeline.
The other plan here was to follow through - twelve images over 3 weeks. I draw early morning, before the world wakes up, so these illustrations had to be done during that time 2-3 hours then. By giving myself that time in the morning, there's no guilt I should be doing something else, and let's face it, for an illustrator, what an incredible way to start the day... so as it went: day one of each: pencil and then day two: ink... some of them took a little longer because I did get a little intricate, but that's where getting back into the detail felt so good.
The objective for each collection, is not only to explore a subject I'm interested in, but change up my method and techniques, to find better ways/materials/techniques to work....
As for the feedback received. Each morning, I'd post my social media update, kept me on track... they were well received, and a few have been shipped off to their respective zodiac owner... I'm ok with breaking the set, I'm not too precious about my work and they've gone to good homes.
Next collection has already started... check out my daily updates on instagram (tealhempo) or twitter @tanyahempson...
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.