I am excited to share the new cover of the Melbourne Urban Walkabout, dressed as the ultimate city gal in Givenchy and looking deliciously Autumnal for her seasonal release. I hope you like her! For those of you who are not familiar the Walkabout is a free pocket sized city guide that tells you all there is to know about what is going on around town and how to get there. The Walkabout foldout flyers can be found around the city in various cafes, bars, bookshops and public spaces, they are everywhere! The best part about this job is that I get to do five covers in total, five fashionable babes for suburbs around Melbourne, all rolling out over the next couple of months, I can't wait to see them around town. Included in the first issue is a little interview about my work. I thought I'd share it below for you.
1. How would you describe your style of artwork?
I feel like I have two directions at the moment, one is bright, bold, glamorous and graphic where as the other is soft, delicate and simplified.
2. How did your journey start?
I did an honors degree with a photographic major and originally was working as a fashion photographer in NZ. During this time I started to draw a few of the girls I photographed and from there one of my friends suggested I have an illustration exhibition. In 2007 I had the show, sold 30 prints and was off from there...
3. What have been your biggest challenges as an artist?
Building profile and getting people to know of my work - it's always tricky when you're stuck at a desk drawing all day to get to know new people and find time for self promotion. Before you have a reputation many artists also struggle with clients who want everything for nothing, we all spend a lot of time trying to educate people about the value of our work and our time, and the value of usage of our work.
4. What/who keeps you motivated and inspired to continue creating?
I always have a huge (unachievable) list of things I would like to do, it's never ending and I could never tick everything off unless there were five of me. It's just something that's in me, I find much satisfaction in completing new things and sharing new work, as I get older I am definitely becoming more aware of how easily five years can pass and this thought keeps me motivated to push myself further.
6. What would you say is Melbourne's best-kept secret?
Bluebird Cafe and their baked eggs, so good!
7. What's the thought behind the artworks that features on the cover of the Urban Walkabout guides?
I wanted them to be bold and eye catching, maybe a little more high fashion than covers of the past, the eclectic group of fashion friends from all around Melbourne.
8. Which locals artists have you been following and interested in?
I previously worked as an account manager at The Jacky Winter Group, so there are many that I love! Some of my current favourites are Andrew Archer, Eirian Chapman and Beci Orpin who are all Melbourne based.
9. What have you most recently been working on?
I just completed a three year project for Escada Paris, I had to design the packaging and worldwide campaign imagery for their new fragrance "Born in Paradise" it was my dream job really. At the moment I am working on a fashion collaboration, a piece for a new film book and some editorial pieces for a couple of magazines. I always have lots of variety!