18 Sep Featured: After Hours Illustrations by Anneke Jacobs
Anneke Jacobs is a senior art director at Gloo, Johannesburg, where she spends her days working on the conceptualising and designing of digital campaigns. After hours and away from the screen she swops cyber space for another realm altogether, filling pages with space travel, magical forests and starry-faced girls.
Anneke credits her growing collection of personal illustrations to needing an outlet for occasional boredom and an urge to constantly make things pretty. She says, “My mind gets restless, so when I’m not at the office I’m usually drawing. Mostly with traditional materials to avoid spending 16 hours a day in front of the computer.” Her images do eventually make it back online though through her regularly updated Instagram account where she also shares bits of her process. Of which, she says, “Drawing’s just a creative outlet for me, a fun way to pass the time. There’s no masterplan or bigger picture. I’ll draw a jellyfish or a cat or a jellycat on a whim. It also distracts me from thinking about the stresses of my actual job.”
A compulsive cartoon-watcher, Anneke finds most of her inspiration in her favourite shows, “Bits of Adventure Time, The Marvellous Misadventures of Flapjack and Bruce Timm’s Batman fudge their way into my drawings. Another artist whose work and ethos I admire is cartoonist Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes. He said “It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done for ourselves”.”
Other non-televised influences that Anneke draws from include the plant kingdom and the tiny hope that magic is real.
More at annekejacobs.tumblr.
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