|Monster Parade by Georgia Dunn|
So without further ado...
|Octopus Drinking Tea, by Georgia Dunn|
Location: Washington State
Medium: Illustration and Watercolor
Describe a typical day in the life of Georgia Dunn.
I start the day by feeding our many fuzzy creatures, making breakfast, and brewing some tea. I usually spend the morning listening to the news, checking/restocking my Etsy shop, and working on a sketch (or continuing a painting, if I have one started). I try to have a sketch ready for inking and painting after lunch. When business is booming in the shop, I spend about three days a week painting in the afternoon, and two days painting, printing, and packaging Etsy sales. If it's a slow week, I just try to get a lot of painting in. There are days when painting stretches into the evening, (or very late evening, depending on how excited I get about a project) but I really try to stop myself around 5 or 6 to avoid getting burnt out.
|Penguin and a Red Balloon, by Georgia Dunn|
I've been drawing since I was a kid. I knew early on I wanted to be an illustrator, and followed that path all through school and onto college. When I was 19, my Dad suggested I learn watercolors, and it turned out to be a perfect fit for my illustrating style.
Who or what inspires you and your characters?
I'm really inspired by Jim Henson, and artists like Tony DiTerlizzi, Sam Kieth, and Beatrix Potter. I enjoy children's books very much, especially old fairy tales and fables. Surrounding myself with art and illustrations I love seem to really keep me focused on creating my own. When it comes to characters, they often seem to appear without warning and sometimes nearly draw themselves. Right now I have a picture of 3-4 lumberjack beavers developing in the back of my mind from a joke my husband and I share that an old logging town near us was originally settled in the 1800s by beavers. When we drive through that town we take turns telling the history of the imaginary original beaver settlers, like we're filming a documentary. In that case, the illustration becomes a way to record a ridiculous idea or memory that otherwise would just drift away. My hope is that whatever I enjoy about the painting I create, the viewer will feel it too and I can share whatever silly thing I'm seeing inside my head with them.
|Knitting Narwhals, by Georgia Dunn|
Staying in a creative mode. I'm expecting a baby in April, and that typical day I described above has been thrown off the track lately whenever morning sickness or fatigue have shown up to hang out with me in the studio. Before I was able to create 1-2 full illustrations a week, and that pace has slowed considerably the past few months. Finding the balance between work and motherhood will be my biggest challenge going forward, I think, like many Moms.
What's next for your studio?
My ultimate goal is to illustrate a children's book. I'm working toward making that a reality sometime in the next 3-5 years.
What's your favorite color?
I'm a big fan of light blues!
What is your favorite dessert?
A banana split, I love those.
|A Friendly Snow Monster, by Georgia Dunn|
Georgia is sweet enough to offer one lucky reader a free 8x10 print of one of her pieces from her Etsy shop! To enter, simply visit her shop, pick out a couple of your favorites (because let's face it, you just can't pick one), and leave a comment here telling me which ones you love! The winner will be chosen at random and announced next Friday, March 8. All entries must be made by 11:59pm EST March 7, 2013.
Also, feel free to show your support by becoming a fan on Facebook, following her on Twitter, and reading her blog as she eagerly gets ready to welcome her sweet baby into the world!
Georgia, thank you so much for giving us a peek into your world! I can't wait to "meet" your little one!