Final illustration for The Guardian’s Industrial Revolution series

Illustrating for The Guardian has been a bit of an honour if you want to know the truth. A bit sad that this is the last illustration for their five part essay on the next Industrial Revolution (aka robots taking over the world bleep bloop). Fingers crossed I will hear from them again soon for another collaboration!

Anyway, this final essay is about how it’s becoming common for people to have all kinds of jobs and careers throughout their life. This is due to such a wide range of education and training available online.

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Editorial illustrations for The Guardian: Part One

It seems I’m on a roll with The Guardian, which is good news for this Guardian fan girl. They are doing a six part series on the impact robots will have on our work and lifestyle.

Part one starts with this paragraph, which gets my mind racing: When Aristotle described “the complete happiness of man”, he thought it would include, among other things, “self-sufficiency, leisureliness and unweariedness”. Unfortunately the philosopher concluded that “such a life would be too high for man” – it was suitable only for the gods. All the same, he encouraged humanity to keep striving to get as close to “complete happiness” as possible.

Read more here, it’s a pretty neat article.

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Same as it ever was

I just finished this illustration as a protest of sorts. Hindsight is a dangerous thing. For at the time, those affected by atrocities throughout history were treated with suspicion and ill ease. But as years passed, the Western world embraced them (with arms still a little limp). And so we look back and wag our finger at our ancestors for not doing enough to help those in desperate need.

How are the asylum seekers of this time any different? I can feel the breeze of my great, great grand child’s finger wagging at me. I defensively call out to her from the past “…it’s our government’s fault!” and mostly, it is. But have I done enough to let them know what I won’t stand for?

 

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WIP: Post-Impressionist BFF’s

I’ve recently become a member of Illustrators Australia who have a yearly exhibition for their members. We’re all sent out a 9×5 plank of wood to paint on and this years theme is “Play time”. It’s taken me some time to come up with an illustration which isn’t overly obvious. But an idea came to me quite randomly while going for a walk (though this is how ideas often come to me).

I was thinking about the friendship between Van Gogh and Gauguin, how legend tells us they were rather close while also being quite argumentative. So I loved the idea of a playful illustration with Van Gogh giving Gauguin a piggy back ride. Kind of sums up a sense of closeness with a touch of antagonism. I don’t think either of them thought they were better than the other (or did they?). But it just felt right, Van Gogh’s personality considered, for him to be trudging along doing the heavy lifting, cementing his devotion to his friend.

Oh my goodness, if only my high school art teacher could see me now! I used to hate going in to detail about art theory and symbolism, but look at me go! So much nonsense over a lil illustration.

So yes, the sketch is ready, but I need to paint a background before transferring these guys. I’m thinking a rolling meadow with lots of flowers.

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I’m trying out different comic strip styles lately. I’m liking this one I just finished working on for its mixture of hand-drawn and digital colouring. I often appreciate art with a minimal colour palette and so enjoyed limiting myself here.

This is a personal one, mostly to do with feelings of grief and displacement in our strange world.

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