As the summer is coming to an end I’ve been thinking a lot about last year when I was finishing up my Masters in Scotland and looking forward to starting my internship at the Royal College of Surgeons. It’s really hard to believe that an entire year has gone by without feeling a bit disappointed in what I’ve accomplished. I suppose I’m just that type of person who is constantly expecting too much of myself. With that, I thought it would be important to look back at old projects and really emphasize how far I’ve come.
My first attempt at digital illustration was completed in December of 2013. It wasn’t great at all, but I knew I really wanted to push myself to learn digital illustration. I spent my winter holiday doodling away on my tablet and slowly but surely felt like I made real progress with the tool.
I felt as though the biggest hurdle was being able watch the screen instead of focusing on the movement of my hand. In some ways, I think the tablet has also helped my typing and forced me to be more spatially aware of my hands. Once I got the hang of basic painting while looking at the screen, I was able to expand my painting skills and combine other digital techniques.
My Masters really helped with giving me the structure I needed to dedicate time to learning these skills. I also think being part of my MSc medical art community has helped a great deal since moving back to Canada, and I’m always so grateful for their transatlantic input. I know with the 2015 Masters program presenting its final show there will likely be new grads looking to my colleagues and me for advice. I can see the developments and improvements in the Thesis work within the past couple of years, and I’m excited to see the new perspective the grads bring to the group.
I think because I was in school for so long, September will always remain the signifier of the beginning of a new year. January feels more like a comma to September’s exclamation mark. These past few months have been filled with drawing, painting, animating as well as gardening, biking and reading. Fall has many exciting things in store for me, like working at the Smithsonian with the talented illustrator Taina Litwak, perfecting my digital illustration skills, as well as the printing of the novel for which I designed the cover. Lots of other exciting things are in the works and I can’t wait to see what projects come in next!