The Artist du Jour Series continues with fellow SCAD grad, Hannah Jackson, and the lovely storybook stylings of her fantastic illustrations. And just so you know, I am so jealous of the neatness which is her workspace! Hannah…don’t be surprised if I start telling folks that that is a photo of my workspace. Yeah, the ones that know me would never believe it…
Artist du Jour: Hannah Jackson
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Hannah Jackson. I am a freelance illustrator living in a little house in Jacksonville, Florida with my boyfriend, David, and our dog, Polly. Aside from painting I also like reading, making felt dolls, and playing the piano (occasionally).
What’s a typical day in the life of Hannah Jackson like?
Letter Lover by Hannah Jackson
My day usually begins around 9 a.m., and I start by reading. As an aspiring book illustrator it helps to get my brain working for the rest of the day. After reading and breakfast I head to my desk to check e-mail, etsy, internet stuff… then I get to work on whatever project I have in progress. I usually listen to podcasts all day while I work (mostly This American Life). Most recently I have been working on a painting for the local Riverside Arts Market’s outdoor art gallery, and on sketches for SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival coming at the end of this month. I work until my boyfriend comes home from his job, I show him what I’ve done and get a little critique/input from him, and then we just relax for the evening. It’s a good life.
You’ve developed a lovely and memorable style with your illustration. Did you find it challenging to find your voice as an artist, and do you ever find it difficult to stick with one style?
Thank you! At first, yes. I work almost exclusively in watercolor and ink now, but until a couple of years ago they were some of my least favorite media. I used to think I would only ever work in oils, but their slow drying time isn’t practical for illustration, with such short deadlines. So after taking a watercolor class, and at the advice of a professor, I started using watercolors for my school projects and they began to feel so natural; I was working both more quickly and more confidently, and it feels like the longer I use this medium the more I fall absolutely in love with it. I think an artist’s style always comes through to them, no matter what medium they are working in. It’s hard to avoid yourself!
Rough Seas by Hannah Jackson
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Teleportation, hands down. I’d love to travel and to visit my good friends who live far away from me. Also, I hate driving. It’d be nice if I could teleport someone with me, but if not, maybe flight… maybe I could carry them by the hands.
Hannah's work space
Where do you find your inspiration?
A lovely work in progress.
Fairy tales, photography, and nature. Good writing. I’m also so inspired by a lot of artists who worked during the golden age of illustration, my favorite being J.C. Leyendecker, as well as some of the big fairy tale illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Kinuko Craft.
Three things that make you smile.
1) My boyfriend. Besides being the best boyfriend ever in general, he supports me and my art so wholeheartedly. I am incredibly grateful for him. 2) Our dog. She keeps me company during the day while I’m working, usually asleep on the rug outside my office door. 3) A finished painting. Seriously one of the most satisfying feelings in the world… I’m addicted!
Where can we find you?
Illustration by Hannah Jackson
Hannah is also offering readers an exclusive discount code for a generous 20% off of her breath taking illustrations until May 2nd. Visit hannahbird
and upon checkout, enter the code ADJ20OFF
Hannah at work during the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Fest 2010
And FYI, the 30th Annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival is only a few weeks away. If you’re in the area, be sure to drop by Forsyth Park on Saturday, April 30th. You might just get to see the lovely Miss Jackson at work!