Merry Christmas! 2013, a year in review

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

2013, you were an amazing year. For me, it was a year of many firsts. I started lecturing and discovered my love for education in this country. We are blessed with such a diverse country, filled with amazing and inspirational people. My students challenged and inspired me on a daily basis. I’ve discovered that the best form on learning comes in the form of a never ending dialogue. Sometimes the best answer is having the right question.

I also worked with some amazing people and ridiculously fun projects. Gus Silber, and Harry Penberthy, who I collaborated on the Brightrock Book with (we’re also working on an animation – will keep you posted!), a few column illustrations and feature illustration in the High Life Magazine, the British Airways inflight magazine (thanks Cedar SA!) , the FNB book (thanks New Media Publishers) in the previous post, to name a few of my favorites. There was Aardklop, various exhibitions at Salon 91 and to end of the year, some of my work is part of A Collection of South African Illustrators at Gallery M, in Sydney Australia.

I was also blessed to be included in the Apple in Education awards as a judge, which, was truly an inspiration. I judged the Artistic Excellence category, for grades 1 – 7. The products that these kids created using technology were amazing, to say the least. But, it wasn’t just their use of technology that left all of us speechless. These videos were fearless. From the subject matter they dealt with (which ranged from bullying to animal testing), to their experimentation with media (from stop motion to building their own film sets, complete with lighting and professional sound equipment). These are the kind of voices that make me believe that South Africa has a brave, and bright future.

I don’t think I can end off the year without paying homage to a great man. Mr. Nelson Mandela, who passed away this December. Although there is a lot of confusion about the source of this quote, which, isn’t from Madiba, I think it is very well suited to him (maybe that’s why there were so many tweets that attributed it to him):

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”. 

- Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

My hope for 2014: May all of us let our own light shine and support others in discovering theirs / making theirs brighter / changing the lightbulb / switching to environmentally friendly bulbs.

May 2014 be an amazing year for everyone, filled with adventure, happiness, love … and many tea / wine / beer dates with good friends and family. And lastly, thank you, THANK YOU for all the support you’ve given She Draws Stuff over the last year. You make me smile, and you make me want to draw bears. See you in the new year.

Finished Product

An update on a previous post.

This is an illustration I completed for a book on FNB’s outgoing CEO, Michael Jordaan. The picture is about childhood dreams and hopes. The ” when I grow up I want to be a….” ideas we all had when we were young. Let’s just say that Mr Jordaan (the young version) was a whole lot more ambitious than I was as a kid! Me? I would have been happy to grow up to be an ice cream taster. Alas. Cholesterol. I decided to be an illustrator instead. And with briefs like this one, I’m learning to love my job more everyday. Thank you New Media Publishers.

Not sure when it will be out, but looking forward to seeing how it translates in print (imagine some text in between!).