This year’s Illustration Superstation hosted by the Open Window Institute was one for the books with great coffee from Home Bru Coffee Company and loads of bent over doodlers. Folk singer Faraway George provided the perfect entertainment for the evening and if that is not inspiration enough the beautiful imagery projected throughout the night was. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see people in their creative element and Open Window’s AV auditorium was filled to the brim with enthusiastic illustrators. This year’s installment of Illustration Superstation attracted many a student, quite a few alumni (like myself), various artists and even some furry and feathery guests. The winning poster art for this year’s event (above) was done by the super talented Tyrone Le Roux-Atterbury. Special thanks to Christo Niemandt for the video of the event!
Illustration Superstation is an annual event organised by passionate Open Window staff members. Didn’t plan on going? No problem. Paper and a few materials such as paint, pencils, and brushes are supplied, which means you can just pitch up. The event is completely free and to top it all off this year fine art and graphic supply store, Archneer sponsored fantastic prizes to attendees. Be sure to check out #illustrationsuperstation on Instagram. I even drew some stuff! Keep an eye out on Open Window’s social media platforms for information about their next event.
The idea is to have fun. Illustrating should be a relaxing experience and this event is designed to bring the fun back into drawing. A safe space to have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and to draw together. And it is as simple as that.
“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.”
― Beatrix Potter
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