To keep herself creatively fit, illustrator and artist Helga Malan set herself the goal of doing an illustration every day of this year. “The idea kind of just happened after creating a series of characters which I painted on clay pendants. I then created a poster using these characters, but only black outlines. Each character has its own special treat or feature which is highlighted in yellow. I liked the simplicity and contrast of the black and yellow”, she says.
She’s kept things straightforward and depicts everyday objects with super fine lines and detailed patterns following the style principals of the work of artist Jon Burgerman, who inspires her process. Helga is a meticulous planner and focuses on one object per illustration. The challenge lies not in the drawing (which we’re sure she loves) but the dedication and discipline to create something new every day. To reinterpret an old idiom – perhaps an illustration a day really does keep creative blocks at bay.
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