Work/Life 3


Wow - it has been absolute madness since my last post regarding the Global Talent Search. Thank you all for your amazing support and comments! I just turned in my final assignment late last night and now I can finally relax. Until October 3, when we find out the results, of course! :-)

In the mean time, I want to share some more exciting news that occurred in the flurry of GTS. I received this gem in the mail:

Are you familiar with Uppercase Magazine? It is a quarterly publication that is chocked FULL of inspiration, artist profiles, trends, typography and vintage ephemera. As they put it - it is a magazine "for the creative and curious". I love it. I've only been subscribing for a year, but on the days when Uppercase arrives in my mailbox, everything else is trumped as I soak in the goodness found within the pages. Plus, the fresh ink smells glorious! Stella took this photo of me sniffing my latest issue...  :-)

Uppercase also publishes a book called Work/Life where they profile 100 artists from around the world. And I am happy to say that I am part of edition 3!

For the third book in the series, they focused on the theme, "An Illustrated Life" in which they "explore the illustrator's lifestyle in intimate detail and find out what it takes to stay creative 24/7". Each of us were given a fairly comprehensive questionnaire to complete, from which, along with our bio, a custom illustration assignment was crafted for the participants.

I loved my assignment - though it made me a bit nervous first. I was to ask Stella what she thought I did during the day when she was at school. For all I knew, she thinks I watch movies or ride my bike all day. That would make for an inspiring portrait! Thankfully, when I did sit down with her to chat about what Mommy does all day, she answered:

Make Fuzzies
Look at the computer
Cut paper
Use string

Phew! At least we were on the right track. I asked her to be a bit more specific about what I draw and she answered:

My friends

That was a pretty good list! I felt I had all I needed to start my composition. I decided to paint this portrait, since I thought an original painting would be a nice keepsake. I originally had a blue color scheme in mind, but I changed it up at the last minute. I thought the yellow would be a bit more cheerful - since I am pretty darned happy when working!

I am so honored to be a part of such a fantastic publication, along with some highly talented artists. Some of my personal favorite illustrators included in Work/Life 3 are Lindsey Balbierz, Tammie Bennett, Helen Dardik, Denise Holmes, Dinara Mirtalipova, Elizabeth Olwen, Ashley Percival, Erica Sirotich, Linda Solovic and Brad Woodard. Though now that I am reading the book cover-to-cover, I am discovering so many others! If you're interested in purchasing the book, you can find it here.

I recommend subscribing to the magazine and the blog - it's a constant source of inspiration! Plus - they're always looking for new content - they welcome submissions and often have Open Calls to Participate. It's a great community.

Go check it out! You won't be disappointed.

Have an awesome week!