the last year

Its been a very long time since I last updated this blog (I’ve been more active on instagram over the last year) but I’ve been wanting to revive the blog for a while- now that postgrad study is complete, I thought I’d give it another go!

So… the last year has been a pretty busy one (hence no posting). Here’s an update on some of the projects I had the opportunity to work on:

Last year was spent studying hard to get postgrad qualifications in illustration, specifically medical illustration. What an amazing year- it was a huge learning curve, but at the same time, it went super fast. I was lucky enough to work in the Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab (a design for health studio based in Auckland City Hospital) to carry out my illustration honours project. Here is a post about my research project (and in more detail here).

Resin model of the heart, airbrushed- 2016 (created as part of my research project ‘Modality in Medical Illustration’)

I might do a more in depth post about my research and some of the interesting things that came out of it at some point.

Alongside studying, I was lucky enough to work on a really fun illustration project with entomologist Leilani Walker, illustrating 52 native New Zealand insects (and designing packaging) for the Insects of New Zealand Playing Cards. You can read more about the process for making these illustrations here. It was such an awesome project to be involved in, (probably the biggest and longest lasting illustration collaborations I have worked on) and the support for the cards now they have been released into the wild has been great- in fact, we have just released the second edition last month!

Illustration done as part of research project ‘Modality in Medical Illustration’. Shows normal flexion of a young child’s foot

Since I completed my studies I have been transitioning into freelance illustration work. While I had been doing freelance projects for the last couple of years, treating it as a serious full-time business and actually calling myself an ‘illustrator’ has been a big step. Lots more learning and developing processes of working (and administration!), plus a newly designed website, which you can see here, and a sparkly new Etsy store too!
Both still a work in progress. I’ll start posting more about some of the projects I HAVE worked on soon. Next time, back into regular posting with something (hopefully) a bit more interesting 🙂

If there’s anyone out there reading this, thanks if you are still following this blog- I appreciate it!



new year- new post

Dear readers,

This is the first post of the new year- and its already the start of February! How did that happen?


I have a lot of plans for this little blog for the next year, so I just thought I’d let you know about some of them.

Its been almost a year since I started up Drawing Escape, and I feel like while I’ve learnt a lot, I still have a fair way to go in getting this blog-thing running right- especially in getting regular (interesting) posts out. This means that I am going to decrease the wordy-ness of a lot of the posts I write- and post more visuals of work I (hopefully) do with all that saved time ;). I have also started an instagram account that I am going to try and post on as much as possible. The wordy posts will be limited to once a fortnight or so and will include a few new things:

  • interviews with inspiring professional illustrators, and people who have combined professional science careers with art
  • tutorials and product reviews
  • giveaways (I am hoping to do a least a few this year)
  • focussed articles– next week I’ll be starting a series of articles on ‘finding motivation to get work done’ which is something I personally struggle with sometimes (um, pinterest obsession?), and is my personal goal to get more work done this year! Hopefully something in there might be helpful to someone.

In addition, I am hoping to get more of a focus on scientific and natural history illustration, because that is why I initially started this site. I’m currently doing a graduate course in scientific illustration and will be showing more of my work from there on here.

My personal goal for this year:

written with my new Kuretake no.8 fountain brush pen!

As Goethe said- “Until one is committed there is the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth – the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too.”

To not feel bad about spending time doing what I love- drawing and art, and getting more work done as a result!

Here’s to an exciting year ahead!

Q: do you have any favourite quotes or goals for the coming year? Share them for everyone below.