In my last blog post I said I have more good news. And I sure do!
I got a grant from The Finnish Association for Illustrators, that I’ve been a member of for eight years already. I haven’t applied for their working grants before, and in April I got the idea that my Goldilocks illustration could use some company. I already had a contact to a publisher who publishes easy to read books for all ages, and so I pitched them a story book with my illustrations. The fairy tales I’ve picked out will all have a girl protagonists. However, another author who knows more about easy to read texts will do the writing.
So in September and onwards I’ll be focusing on fairy tales! I’m so excited about this, it’s a dream come true. Ever since I was young I’ve adored classical fairy tale illustration, especially artists from the Nordic countries: John Bauer, Hans Arnold, Theodor Kittelsen, Rudolf Koivu, Kay Nielsen, Björn Landström and Tove Jansson of course. Now I will have a chance to make my own mark among these giants.
But the summer is all pixel art and games (I’ll update you on progress soon! Some awesome characters are forming as we speak). Goldilocks will have to wait a few months more…
Goldilocks is already available as a print: Check my Society6-shop!
I’m working on making a web shop, and it will be up in spring 2015. Meanwhile I’ll be posting some free illustrations that you can download from the page.
I’ll mainly be posting coloring book pages that I’m planning to compile for a book later on. If you download an illustration, please let me know and tell me what you think of them! You’ll be beta testers 🙂
And I would love to see photos of finished colorings (by either kids or adults, anyone can relax with a coloring page 😉
This is the film that was shown in the Turku Public library all of September 2014. It has texts in Swedish and Finnish, and no sound because of the environment it was shown in.
Digital Magi 2014 from Jenny Katarina Wiik on Vimeo.
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):