STARTING SOMEWHERE NOW IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN STARTING SOMEWHERE LATER

“Don’t wait for permission to go out and create.” Baz Luhrmann.

What is Hirameki?  I’m so glad you asked!  It is the Japanese word for ‘brainwave’ or ‘flash of insight’ or ‘flash of inspiration’. 

My Hirameki moment was during the final stage of my first online Illustration course with Domestika.  I just knew that, despite being very comfortable in a life drawing class, I was not and had never been an artist.  I am an illustrator!  It set me free – I no longer suffer from imposter syndrome.

I’ve previously said that I thoroughly enjoyed the course, but there was one thing that I could not get my head around.  The tutor discouraged overthinking; I was to turn off my brain, adopt the mindset of a child and connect with my own inner-child.  Hmmm! For years I worked as a hairdresser because I love obsessing over style, shape and design.  It’s the attention to detail and the precision that excites me.  Overthinking my creations is sheer pleasure.

Herewith my results of the final exercise – four double pages of a sketch book using the techniques demonstrated throughout the course.

A Snowflake’s Chance in Hell

I have just, rashly, entered my artwork to the first round of what is the largest and most longstanding (since 1789!) open submission contemporary art show in the United Kingdom, namely the 2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, with its prevailing trademark chaos.

Let the nail-biting commence.

The selection Process:

  • 12,000 digital entries will be accepted online – judging 16 March
  • 4,000 of these entries will be short-listed for the second round – judging 18 May
  • Approximately 800 works will be chosen for the exhibition – final hangings 27 May

I know, right?

Ah well, at least I know that my entry fee will contribute towards a good cause; the funds raised by the exhibition go to the Royal Academy School – ensuring tuition for their students is free.

For the very last time (promise) I created a final, final, FINAL, ink drawn portrait of my youngest step-daughter, Ruth.  For once the image is large, so if you want to examine it closely, click it about three times.

Fingers crossed….you just never know! **

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The Summer Exhibition 2017 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, runs from 13 June to 20 August.

** I didn’t get in after all – but it was fun to have a go.