Tag: Drawing

Workshop | Styling by Matanna Katz

  Another first for my workshops! I approached the obscenely talented Matanna Katz of Ethereal Bound Journal to lead a styling hour at my Ink + Foil workshop. Styling is something I have been working on especially in the last year and it was truly exceptional to see the difference between the photographs the attendees took during the workshop compared to the photographs during the styling hour. Drawings, or anything else for that matter, are elevated with a thoughtful approach to props and natural lighting.

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Ink + Foil Workshop

Finally had some time to go through all of the photographs and share it with you all. This workshop was my very first one where I was in charge of everything. It was a daunting task, but I wanted to really focus on what I would personally want to attend and work from there. The idea was to create a space for people to not only learn about drawing, but to connect with someone new and celebrate our wonderfully talented female creatives in South Africa.

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Berlin Exhibition

What an unbelievable privilege to travel all the way to Berlin to share my latest project through Urban Noun at Level EIGHT in the German burrow of Mitte. As a contemporary illustrator it is important for me to step away from commissioned originals every now and then in order to address tough issues we are experiencing in our country.

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Nuweput

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward for him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:3-4
  The first thing I ask when someone requests a commissioned original artwork is his or her story. The more I know about you the better I can capture your heart in intricate lines of ink. This particular drawing as commissioned by Magdel for her darling sisters thirtieth, blew my mind. It was exceptionally special for me to work closely with a fellow Christian and hear their heartbreaking story of incredible love, loss and how they have grown together as a family, as individuals and with God.

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27.03.2017

I wrote something exceptionally raw earlier this year. It was a beautifully strange experience and I sent it to one friend, my lover and my parents. I could not share it with anyone else. It was filled with too much anxiety, ranting and I was too vulnerable to bleed out for the world to see.

But it sparked an incredible change within myself and in my art and I am now ready to open up about it with true peace in my heart. This is who I am and I will not be ashamed.

Life is not always rainbows and butterflies and I am learning to accept and celebrate both the good and the bad.

At least I am trying. Growing.

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Secret Doodles

“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat – or in film’s case ‘run on’ – manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”- Andy Warhol
Over the last three months I have been working on a secret doodle project with Fuze Tea celebrating summer with the launch of their new flavor. When they approached me with the idea I wanted to stay true to myself and I came up with the idea of hiding twelve secret doodles across the country for unsuspecting strangers to discover. Random acts of kindness go a long way and if I brightened up even one person’s day with these tiny original drawings it would be worth it for me. I drew inspiration from the leading figure in the 1960’s Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol, and modernized his famous Campbell Soup silkscreen experiments. Pop Art explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising and I felt that this exploration would be quite interesting in the modern age of social media.

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Paper Anniversary

“We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe
Seeing as love is definitely in the air today and I finally managed to squeeze in some precious time for a little blog post I thought I would finally share one of my favourite commissions that I hand crafted in December. Anyone extroverted who works from home will know that it becomes pretty dull from time to time so I absolutely adore it when clients pop in for a meeting to brief me for their illustration. This is how I met the gorgeous Claire, a vibrant young architect with the most beautiful love story. Her husband, Andrew, is an architect as well and they were friends for about three years when she had to move to Pretoria to complete her studies. They decided to meet up one weekend when she was visiting a friend in Cape Town and immediately realized that something had changed between them. Two weeks later he flew up to Pretoria where he had his cab driver pretend to be a DHL deliveryman with him as the parcel. They have been madly in love ever since.

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Mount Nelson

It’s your city. It’s your mountain. Get lost in it. This ethereal interpretation of the 7th World Wonder captured through contour studies in ink will transport you away from your busy life to that place of deep, inner calm we often only find in nature. The aesthetics of this piece strikes that precarious balance between the minimalist and abstract.

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Heatherfield House

A total of sixteen hours went into this intricately hand crafted drawing of the breathtaking Heatherfield House in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Hofni Schoeman as a gift for his beloved partner commissioned it at the end of last year. A secret number of their darling pets have been hidden in the drawing to create a wonderfully fun Where’s Wally effect. See if you can spot them all!

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Maria Magdalena is a Cape Town based contemporary illustrator celebrating an elegant simplicity through intricate lines of ink. Shop the current collections online or order your custom original illustration today.

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