I really enjoy making these simple iMovie-films. There will definitely be more of them coming, since presenting illustrations in this way gives me the opportunity to tell stories while showing the images.
Time for an update! Besides being with the cutest baby ever, I’ve started editing my book manuscript and working on an art project when I have the time (which of course is almost never, but I can find a few minutes of time for art every now and then).
The new project is actually not that new, I’ve had it on my mind for a long time, but in the form of a diffuse inspired feeling. I’ve taken a lot of photos of my oldest daughter when she plays with clothes and scarves, and felt like painting or drawing her.
During summer I made this pencil drawing on paper:
Then I got the idea to try acrylics (that I’m not so used to using, source of inspiration: Maija Hurme) and paint a year old Instagram photo that I’m especially fond of:
And now I’m trying Kyle’s brushes (Happy HB) on Photoshop for a very fine pencil line:
I’d also like to paint some very large scale acrylic paintings of these same poses, and really explore them. What feelings do the different techniques and sizes create? This is a playful project of exploration! We’ll see where it goes. I’m hoping to create a body of work around this theme that could be used for an exhibition.
And speaking of exhibitions: right now I have a ten minute film of my digital fantasy illustrations rolling in the public library. I’ll post the film here in October when the library exhibition is over! Here’s the flyer (in Swedish):
My third child was born in the end of May, so the summer has been spent recovering and taking care of our youngest daughter. But I’ve also been making new plans and done some drawing when I have the chance (follow me on Instagram for updates @kolofont2). There are also four new projects published on Behance now. Mostly with older work that I wanted to display in that forum as well, like this fashion illustration:
…But also with some newly published work. I made an illustration for Ken Liu’s short story The Paper Menagerie, that has now been translated into Swedish.
I’ve also been working on a new SF illustration, but we’ll see when I manage to finish it. Right now my first priority is the baby and spending time with my family while they have their summer vacation.
Well, from today onwards I’m a freelancer. Or perhaps it sounds better to just say writer and illustrator – or why not artist.
I’ll be mostly working on my second SF-book in January, and taking on a few illustration projects. I’ll also be writing film and theater reviews and planning a podcast. So spring is packed with awesome work.
It’s an amazing feeling to be able to finally work full time with writing fiction and making art. And I’m happy to discuss any work commissions or suggestions for collaboration (in that case send an email to jennykwiik [at] gmail.com).
A very fun and fulfilling assignment (especially as the author herself expressed that she liked the illo), and part of my ventures into SF illustration and expanding my portfolio. More projects and collaborations with Enhörningen are to come!
Aliette de Bodard is also a guest of honor at this year’s Finncon in Helsinki in July, where I’ll also appear in a discussion panel on Friday.
Yesterday I presented my initial thoughts and experiments with illustrating and drawing dance at the conference New Materialisms IV: Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology held here in Turku (always very convenient when interesting conferences are held in your own home town). I got some very helpful and inspiring comments from the session (Material processes, artistic practices) participants. A big thanks for this, if any of you happen to come by this post. I have a lot of food for thought now. The organizers had also done a very good job with the conference. It’ll be interesting to see how the conference series develops.
I think one of the bigger themes of the conference was to discuss what makes new materialism new, and I heard many interesting comments on this. It was also valuable for me to get more experience and information about artistic research practices: an area of practice that I find both fascinating and provoking. But anything that is provoking is also alive and developing and interesting.
I’m not sure what direction my drawing dance-project will take after this, but it will probably keep ricocheting between art and research. Hopefully I will find a target somewhere in between that is fruitful.
And I’m planning some interesting illustration/research stuff this spring. I’ve been thinking for a long time about using illustration as part of my research in a project after the thesis is finished. And now I got a paper on this theme accepted at an upcoming conference in Turku in May: New Materialisms IV: Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology. I’ m very excited about this opportunity to present som initial thoughts about drawing as visual sociology, and I’m especially hoping it will lead me on towards post-doc research that transgresses the borders of art and scientific research. It’s also going to be great to hear the key note speakers.
This year I’ll be focusing on finishing my Doctoral thesis in Art history. But from January 2014 I’ll be doing more illustration work again. So I’m open for commissions and new projects towards the end of the year!
Some news! I started a Society6 shop just before the new year. Currently I have four illustrations there for sale:
I’m very excited about it! Even though I have no idea if anything will sell. But at least it’s out there (and I might buy something for myself and as gifts for friends anyway).
I’ve stopped using Instagram because of the changes they’ve made in terms, and am focusing on using my Flickr-account more actively instead. But since I just loooove the web, I couldn’t just stop using one service without trying on a new one (yes, I know that sounds very healthy). So I’m now also on Tumblr (kolofont), and so far I’m loving it! I post and reblog images mostly, but sometimes with a little comment. I actually miss blogging in English, but as this is more of a personal web page for me, I’m going to use Tumblr as an English language blog. So if you’re on Tumblr, please follow me! I’m looking for more cool people to follow there…