My first 2012 Artist Spotlight goes to:
Miss Joanne Hawker
As a child I did
nothing but draw and make things. It was all I ever did at primary
school! We made candles, our own hardback books, lino cuts, curtains and
table cloths! So really it is all I know. But my fondest memory of
drawing is probably my amazing teenage mutant ninja turtles bath pens
that my mother kindly bought when I was small. So I guess I can thank my
primary school and my mother for getting me into illustration and other
What inspires your pieces? Is there a certain place, song, person etc?
A variety of things inspire me but most of the inspiration comes from ‘moments’. I could be somewhere and hear a song I like or over hear someone’s conversation or see something that will give me an idea. For example, my Bambi image (on my Society6 shop) was inspired by a small deer that I saw on the way to work. It followed us bouncing up the field next to the road and as soon as I got home I drew it. I would definitely say that nature is by far my biggest inspiration though.
Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? And would you say your work has been influenced by them?
I love the work of too many people! There are many that I’d love to work with! But at the moment I’m in a little collective called Pencils, Paper, Scissors where I collaborate with two girls (Madi and Kerri) on fun project . We’ve actually just completed our first project! A childrens colouring book. You can buy it in my Etsy shop if you like. I’m also influenced by the people I follow on Twitter, Etsy, Society6 and pinterest! I’m influenced and inspired by someone different on a daily basis.
Above: 'Birdy Calendar' (Courtesy of Joanne Hawker)
What is your favourite tool to work with/in?
with my fine liners. I LOVE them. Second to my fine liners would be my
Wacom Bambo Pen Tablet. I have no idea how I survived before I had it!
What has been the highlight of your 'career' so far?
Umm, small things
make me happy really. Like completion of projects and getting the final
printed object in your hands. Some of my little highlights include
being in the Computer Arts Portfolio Clinic and receiving some valuable
advice on how to arrange my work within my portfolio. I also had one of
my designs printed a skate deck for a skating company!
Above: 'Laughing Owl' (Courtesy of Joanne Hawker)
Pen or pencil? and why!
Pen! When I was
school we were never allowed to use to an eraser if we were drawing in
pencil. I think that was to make us try harder to get it right the first
time. Whilst I was college I became obsessed with drawing pens and
found that they didn’t really draw over my pencil properly so in the end
I taught myself to draw in pen and ditched my pencils and I haven’t
looked back! Although maybe I should dig out the old pencils again…
Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I
want to be living in Bristol in a lovely little house/flat, which will
be full of lovely little drawings/creations. Ideally I’d have a job in
the field in which I trained (Graphic Design). I’d love love love to
design greetings cards, gifts, wrap or packaging. But I’m happy to give
anything a go as long as I can be creative I’d be happy. Failing that
I’d like to have my own successful company or freelance business. On the
off chance that I win the lottery within in the next 5 years I’d have a
little arty tea shop too.
Last but not least, I would like you to leave a question to ask the next artist - related to design or not (Obviously nothing outrageous!) What is that question?
Everyone has at least one new skill or technique they’d like to master. What’s yours?