As of October I’m doing story writing and graphics for an application project called Sanalanka (“Word Thread” in Finnish).
The goal is to create an interactive book for tablets. The app will have researched speech therapy methods baked into a fun and engaging story with minigames that develop childrens’ language and speech. It will first be made for Finnish speaking children aged 0-3 and 4-6 (two levels). There are four programmers, three speech therapists, three graphic artists involved, and the project is also a Turku University IT student project (Capstone). The prototype is due in March 2016, and the app will then be developed for the open market.
The game studio that will publish the app is called Red Nettle Studio, and I will also do other collaborations with them. Here you can read more about the app. And soon we will go public with our Facebook page. I’m very excited to be part of this project!
A lot has been going on this Spring! Here’s an update:
I’m home again with my third child. I had a six week work period around March, and focused on writing and editing my novel, doing some illustration commissions, and applying for some new jobs. Next time I’m working full time again is in August, when the baby is going to daycare. And in August I’m going to start renting a studio! I’m so very excited about it. I’ll be able to do more traditional art again! I’ll have space and time! It really is a dream come true. I don’t know if I can keep the studio longer than 5 months, but we’ll see. It depends on the work situation.
Another very exciting thing is that I am now part of a new game development team, and we were accepted into a start up accelerator and will be getting help this summer to start a game company. We’re already working on the game that the team was formed around, and a demo is due in the end of August. Even though I don’t have a lot of time to work before summer, when the baby can be more with her dad, I’m loving every second I can spend on working on the game graphics. I’m learning to make pixel graphics and I love it. I’m also very happy with the team and getting to know the others. Our meetings are a lot of fun, even though it’s a bit of a struggle to watch the baby at the same time, hah – she really wants to start walking now and puts everything in her mouth…
Well, I’ll soon have more good news, but I still have to keep silent about those for a little while.
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).
Happy new creative year 2014!
I will be joining a discussion panel in Swedish in Finncon 2013! It’s 5-7 July in Helsinki this year. Very exciting!
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!
This is part of a yule calendar featuring interviews with artists working in the Turku area. Today was my day:
“With art as black magic” (translation of the title), from Åbo Underrättelser, 7 November.
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