Here are a few illustration for the editorial market that I worked on last week. The concept is Broken Heart. These images speak of heartbreak, loss, and healing. There is a dash of nature, the illustrations could also illustrate the climate emergency as well as loneliness.
Sometimes images appear as I work with them. In this case I started out with the mission to illustrate the concept of a broken heart. I was working intuitively.
Thinking of grief. Pain. Layers of loss. Niggling thoughts that open the wounds. Healing.
First I put down layers of organic, natural shapes, then a woman who the broken heart belongs to. Then tears. Fish. Several wounds, or broken hearts. When the illustration had come together I could also see the Earth Goddess. Our climate emergency. Her grief.
The award winning catalogue Swedish Illustrators & Graphic Designers showcases 225 illustrators, graphic designers and animators every year. I’m proud and thrilled to be represented in this years catalogue! The beautiful cover is designed by BankerWessel and the catalogue is published by Illustratörcentrum.
You’ll find my spread below.
On My Mind. A monthly mix of thoughts, inspiration, sparks of genius, beauty and laughter.
The Ebb & Flow of Creativity: This autumn I’m focusing on expanding and updating my portfolio with new work. My freelance work where I create illustrations for e-learning is confidential and I cannot display any of that work, so I felt I needed to take the time to update samples of my work for display. You’ll find a new series of trios, collections with one placement, a hero pattern and a coordinating pattern as well as some editorial illustrations. This Scandi Folk Christmas collection is an example.
Film: Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodóvar at the Grand.
In my Kitchen: A pot of tea and lentil soup. Apple, blackberry and cinnamon crumble.
On my Balcony: Parsley. Mint. Sage. Heather.
Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller.
On my Radar: In a time of celebrity culture, digital noise and climate crisis, I think it’s important to unite. Hear all voices, all ages, all origins, rather than let the climate crisis divide us. It’s not just Greta Thunberg: why are we ignoring the developing world’s inspiring activists?.
On my Palette: Shades of mustard and lime. Plum. Tweed. Brick red.
Spring in the UK. A rain of petals. See the cat on the pavement? This was in April.
On my Mind
Loneliness, neo-capitalism and the fabric of our lives.
“Disimagination impels us to abandon creative ideas about new possibilities. Instead of seeking to dismantle capitalism, or rein in its excesses, we should accept its demands and use self-discipline to be more effective in the market. To change the world, we are told to work on ourselves — to change our minds by being more mindful, nonjudgmental, and accepting of circumstances.”
“The cruelty lies in supporting the status quo while using the language of transformation. This is how neoliberal mindfulness promotes an individualistic vision of human flourishing, enticing us to accept things as they are, mindfully enduring the ravages of capitalism.”
You have produced some data that suggests loneliness is contagious. How does that work?
”It is actually stunningly simple as a mechanism. In one study we looked at people’s connections, every three to four years. This process happens over time. Let’s say that you and I are neighbours. I have become lonely for some reason and you are my friend. As a suddenly lonely person I am now more likely to deal with you cautiously, defensively, as a potential threat to me [because you might leave and add to my pain], and you recognise that so we are going to have more negative social reactions. And over three or four years we are more likely to stop being friends. So that is one less confidant for both of us.”
In John’s Garden:
Magnolia and camellia.
On My Mind. A monthly mix of thoughts, inspiration, sparks of genius, beauty and laughter accompanied by my monthly colour palette.
The Ebb & Flow of Creativity: 2018 was a year of flow. I hope 2019 will continue to flow!
TV: An epic adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Miserables in which an extraordinary cast of characters struggle to survive in war-torn France. A story of love, injustice, redemption and hope. BBC One.
On my Radio: Despite all the boundless conveniences of the digital world, it can sometimes feel as if something has been lost in the transition to an intangible, instantaneous, always-on virtual society. Perhaps that’s why analogue formats remain timeless - and are more popular now than ever. “From board games and vinyl records to books, calligraphy and even old-fashioned letter writing, people are increasingly seeking avenues to bring a little more face-to-face back into their lives.” The Persistence of Analogue
On my Radar: “It is frustrating: you buy a new appliance then just after the warranty runs out, it gives up the ghost. You can’t repair it and can’t find anyone else to at a decent price, so it joins the global mountain of junk. You’re forced to buy a replacement, which fuels climate change from the greenhouse gases released in the manufacturing process. But help is at hand, because citizens in the EU and parts of the USA will soon get a right to repair.” BBC | Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force.
On my Palette: Shades of Derbyshire winter. The shades of the landscape. Heather, greys, thistle pink, and a black leather jacket.