Invention

So, I’ve learned a little something about myself this past year: maybe making these big long term goals doesn’t work out for me  because I don’t feel accomplished and I stop having fun creating. What good is that? So instead this year I’m just going to try and have as much fun as possible both here on my blog and hopefully my website.

So in the spirt of having fun and experimenting, I pulled out my gauche today and hopped on illustrationfriday.com and decided to give this week’s word a go: Invention

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Immediately I thought of the great inventor of the light bulb and electricity as we know it, Thomas Edison. I’ve been to his home and laboratory before – its only a little ways away from where I live. Gotta love New Jersey. I know its not exactly the word ‘invention’ it’s more ‘inventor’ but I wanted to work on drawing people. So .

I’m really getting into trying to manipulate my work on the computer to give it a mid-20th century feel. It’s a process I’m still not comfortable with 100%, but practice helps.

I also played around with other inventors, I don’t love as much as Mr. Edison.

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This was fun!

-HANNAH

2014, Year in Review

Hello All.

I’ve been very busy – I always like to end the year with a little bit of a reflection on the year that has past. It’s amazing how much happens. Here goes:

January : Well, I started off the year coming in 1st in my age group in a 5K on New Years Day. I celebrated my 24th Birthday with 3 cakes, and I went to Disney World for the 1st time in my life!

February: I bought some new vintage children’s books, and began drawing up ideas for MoCCafest 2014.

March: I got to printing! I made my screens at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Any of the time I had not working at my part-time job, i spent printing for MoCCa. Hello Fun Kitchen Dance Party!

April: I spent more time running and training, I ran a marathon towards the end of the month. AND it was time for MoCCafest! I especially had a good time with my illustration gal pals and the big charlie brown balloon that almost deflated on us.

May : I quit my part-time job for a full time job working in silkscreen heat transfers production office. With a full time job came less time to print. I spent a lot of my weekends just relaxing outside with the two noodle heads! Hazel and Bea.

June : I printed up some ‘fourth of july’ themed post-cards and mailed them out. I also got to work with Parade Magazine on a spot about graduation.

July : I continued working full-time. I took a weekend trip to Cape May with my boyfriend and his family. Always a highlight of my year! We went to the Cape May Lighthouse and an old WWII bunker on the beach, which I totally nerd-ed out about. i love history!

August: I was still working full-time but took a week off to visit my Nana and Aunt in Florida. It was a hot one! I decided that I was no longer satisfied with my job and sort of frustrated with my lack of illustration progress. The whole ‘freelance’ thing is not for the impatient. It was time for a change.

September :  So after much thought over the summer, I decided I needed a change, so I went back to school for Biology-pre-medicine. At first I felt so unnerved about quitting my job, and all the security that comes with it, and just going back to school for Biology, which I really had not thought about since I was 15. After some time I realized I can do this, and not only was it not as scary as I imagined but it was also interesting and fun. ALSO, I got the chance to work with Parade Magazine again, I got to do one of my favorite things, writing in script.

October : Still going to school. Most of my time was spent studying or sleeping. October is one of the most beautiful months. I couldn’t help but doodle on my notes, you can take the artist out of the studio but you can’t tell her to stop doodling.

November : Spent a lot of time studying especially with Bea and Hazel. Somehow my life went from drawing vegetables to looking anatomy models. What a crazy year! Also, Thanksgiving was great.

December :  Here I am in December! One semester down! I cannot believe what a turn my life has taken since the beginning of the year. I feel smarter, and at the same time a little sad that I do not have the time to devote to illustration like I want to. BUT I do not plan on quitting!

Here’s to 2015! I cannot wait for what’s to come!

Goals, Intentions & Aspirations 2014 Review

So here’s a little summary of what my goals were for 2014, and how and if I accomplished them.

The original posts can be found in the January 2013 archive.

1. Play more Ukulele 

So – I think I’ve played about the same amount of ukulele this past year as the year before. Its hard to tell, I didn’t play any gigs or anything. I think I played just for fun when I noticed it in the corner of my room.

2. Save more Money 

I think I saved some money, though since I quit my day job, my stock pile is dwindling. Life is crazy sometimes.

3. Dress the part 

I have started to dress the part! Over the summer I bought a whole bunch of nice summer dresses to wear to work, and I hardly ever wear sweatpants anymore! Go team.

4. Open up Shop 

I DID have my Etsy shop open for about 3 months from June to August. It has since closed because I want to do some revamping. It did happen though!

5. Improve my Fitness 

I was sidelined from running for the entire summer basically with a knee/hip injury. Since getting cleared by the Dr. I’ve been steadily going to the gym 1-2 times a week and running or walking most days. I think I’ve come to a way healthier place fitness-wise, both mentally and physically.

6. Blog More 

Big fat FAIL on my part. I think I have less blog posts then last year. But I did get a full time job, run a marathon and decided to go back to school… not that thats an excuse or anything. At least I didn’t blog too much, those people are annoying.

7. Focus and be more Productive

Hmm, this is another one that is hard to gauge. I mean I would say I’m more productive just because I don’t really watch TV anymore (there isn’t time). This one might have not improved either.

8. Worry less and be more present

Ha. I can’t shake the worrying. I really need to meditate, every podcast I listen to and every book I read shouts the benefits of mediation on their mental state. Next year, mediation.

I can certainly say I think I bit off more then I can chew for 2014. I had a running injury because I was trying to run everyday, I took a full-time job maybe before I was ready to. I had some trouble buckling down.

As for 2015, I plan on doing a few posts about my goals for next year. If theres one thing I learned from last year it’s do less and do it better.

k. bye.

Hannah

Update – September 24th

Hello!

I’ve been away from my blog, I know, shame on me.
This summer, I had a full time job working for a silkscreen heat transfer place, and then I realized I want to go back to school, yada yada yada, so here I am. You’re all caught up, wonderful.

So here’s a story about what happened to me yesterday, and it shows how small the world really is.

Preface : I am currently back at school, taking some college science courses.

OK : So about a three weeks ago, before I started school, I was asked by Parade Magazine to illustrate a header for an article about the slow death curseive writing and how writing may help us comprehend information better.
Boom, great. Did it.
I didn’t think anything of it.

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Then : The article came out last week. I was surprised on how big it was printed.

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So I go to class early last night, to ask my professor a few questions. She helped me blah blah blah,

AND THEN : She said, “Remember how the first day I was talking about the importance of penmanship and legibility on the essay questions of the test? And how I don’t like the use of laptops in lecture? ” I said, “Yes….” Then she proceeded to show me a article she ripped out of Parade Magazine, MY ARTICLE. She had no idea that it was my illustration. I shouted, “THATS ME!”.
I mean, what are the chances? She had no idea that I was an illustrator, or in her class, or that I was coming for extra help. She showed the whole class in the lecture hall, and I turned a lovely shade of crimson.

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It was such a collide of my two worlds, I had to share it.
You just never know.

Keep Livin’ the Dream,
Hannah

What’s Up!?

Hey, What’s going on with you? Well, I’m so glad you asked, here’s what’s going on with me : I was featured in Parade Magazine’s Memorial Day Weekend issue. This was the one weekend the magazine decided not to show up with our newspaper. So I did some asking around to get myself a copy! Thank you everyone! This job was one nighter RUSH job, so much fun. I printed like a madwoman.

I did a Memorial Day Weekend mailing because — I love America. Not in the  hipster ‘meuuurica kinda of way, in the genuine, I love history channel, and hearing veterans stories about war, and thankful for my freedom, kind of way. I printed my own postcards for the first time. Also, like most of my mailings, I walked them  up the hill to the mailbox — because I think it helps send out good vibes.

In the midst of all of this, I got a stomach virus, which sucked. But allowed me to spend more time with these two noodle heads, while I got better. IMG_5598 Basically anytime I’m not working, I’ve been speeding time in nature. Because spring is beautiful and makes me feel good. Also, I’ve been experimenting with “grounding” or “earthing”.  Hence the no shoes picture!

Until next post, Hannah !

Hiatus!

Hello Sweet Friends!

I’ve been avoiding my studio for the past two weeks. I sort of burnt myself out with moCCAfest and the stress of it all. And of course, like every time I take a break, it’s increasingly hard for me to get back in the studio. But I am getting back in here. It’s amazing how guilty I feel when I’m not drawing, or printing. I beat myself up! I can hear my friends voices in my head saying “what are you doing? get back in there!” …it’s all good. I forgive myself, and I’m back in here now.

Some updates :

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I ran a marathon! … Running is one of those things that makes me feel amazing. While this wasn’t my best marathon ( i cried 2x!  during the race! ) It was an amazing experience.

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I started a new job! It’s full time, giving my less time in the studio, but it hopefully will give me some finical stability to keep illustrating — early in the morning, on weekends, and late at night — until I can do this full time BABY!

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It’s spring! Which means, it’s beautiful out!

I’m making a plan for some new goals —

Some of my ideas are :

1. illustrate a “primer” book, something with numbers, the alphabet, vegetables, colors?

2. DOGS with JOBS, the book.

3. photograph my merchandise and get that stuff up on ETSY.

4. Illustrate stuff I like and update my website/portfolio! Possibly a RE-DESIGN? I want to have more work geared towards clients I want . i. e. REAL SIMPLE, Runners World, Hallmark, American Greetings etc.

5. DREAM BIG – look into getting an agent.

6. Print my brains out.

I’m struggling a little with having time — with this new gig and everything. I’m hoping once I get more comfortable there I’ll have more brain cells when I get home and I’ll feel creative! Right now I come home and I just want my pajamas.

I’ll get there.

Peace,

Hannah Jane

MoCCAfest 2014 Recap!

Hey!

So it’s been a week, and I’ve finally recovered form MoCCAfest 2014.

Check it out!

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So Charlie Brown was amazing. PEANUTS is basically why I got into illustration. I love the sincerity!

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My Dear Sweet Friends! (From R-L – Me, Paige, Claire, Ginette) P.S.- we are all sight impaired.

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The Merch! Thank you all who bought things and were nice and talked with me! Also, note my juice in the left corner…#typicalvegan

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The ladies setting up.

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SELFIES ! And A Jared Photobomb.

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Selfies with Charles… NERD ALERT.

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…as I was leaving for the day, Jack McGowan, fellow illustrator, and now acquaintance photobombed my picture of Charlie Brown! So HELLO new friend Jack!

All in all it was a GREAT day. I felt like poop on the way home- a combo of talking, standing, not eating all day. I think I ate a  head of broccoli and fell asleep at 8pm when I got home.
In related news, I sold ALL of the “EAT YOUR ROOTS” tote bags, so I’ll be making a second edition of those soon. I also want to get this Etsy Shop going with any left over merchandise.

Aside from selling my stuff, I picked up some good loot at MoCCA too:

I got some sweet books from NOBROW PRESS, some cards and book from the awesome Alexandra Beguez. and a little book from Reid Psaltis…because I love hound dogs.

That’s really it. All in all things are really good. Glad to have things slow down a little, but eager to get back in the studio and make more stuff!

Peace & Roots,

Hannah Jane