30 April 2015

An Interview with James Gulliver Hancock

Monday's are renowned to be the worst day of the week but let's rewind back to a few weeks ago when I walked in late to my Design Thinking lecture.

They were introducing an ex-student who happened to be an amazing illustrator who works within Sydney and in New York. Some of his work popped up on the massive screens in my lecture and I thought "Hang on, I know this guy."

James Hancock is obsessed with drawing everything and anything that he sees. You know that question: What's the one thing you would save in a fire? The answer would come easily to Hancock - his sketchbooks. He's been drawing his whole life and, with huge clients like Ebay, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Gloria Jeans, and The New York Times, 14 solo exhibitions around the world within 15 years and a new book to be released on May 1st, there's no chance that he'll be putting down his pencil anytime soon.

Do you get a richer understanding of your subject through your illustration process?
Definitely, I’m a great believer in the power of drawing to focus your concentration on the things you perceive. I like to draw things multiple times and really get to know the objects from multiple views and attempts to represent them.

Do you have to be in a particular mindset or 'in the zone' when you draw?
Not really, I draw all the time so it is pretty natural all the time. There are some jobs when I’m really excited about it that I’m almost hesitant to start for fear of going in the wrong direction but you’ve just got to jump in and make mistakes and see where it goes. Sometimes drawing when you’re not into it can yield interesting results.

Who are your design inspirations?
I pull inspiration from all over the place, from all sorts of references. It can be a bit unhealthy to always look at people’s work that you admire. I really still love all the children’s book illustrators I grew up with like Quentin Blake, and Richard Scarry

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I’m not fussy about the materials I use, regular pencils and paper, Felt tip pens and ink dipping pens are good to finish things off before digitising the linework. It’s interesting the results you get when you have a limited range of things to work with. I remember doing a job with a sharpie and a napkin because that’s all I had with me at the time, I really liked the textures and strange lines that came out of this un planned material and process.

What's your favourite illustration in your new book and why?
My new book 'All The Buildings In Sydney‘ has a lot of buildings I’ve lived in from all over the city. It’s really nice to do a project like this in your home town and re-discover some of the places you’ve spent a lot of your life. There’s a little building in balmain that sits in the introduction to the book, where I spent a big part of my life and I have such emotional connections to.  

Best piece of design advice?
Make stuff every day. 


James' new book 'All The Buildings In Sydney' is out 1st May in all good book stores!
OR if you're really keen, you can pre-order it here

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26 April 2015

21 thoughts every first year Uni student has

 This is the second year of me being a first year student so I'm pretty much overly qualified to write this post.

For some, the first year of Uni can be a breeze and for others, first year can just be one huge WHAT THE F*** moment. But we all have one thing in common though - we can all agree that we've had at least one of these thoughts cross our mind on those days when you have to get up at crazy early o'clock and the biggest bag you bring on campus are your eye bags.

1. I don't understand anything

2. Am I supposed to be in this room?

3. I need food

4. Shit, I'm lost

5. What am I supposed to wear tomorrow

6. Ugh

7. I should probably start that assignment

8. Everyone is so much smarter than me

9. What?

10. Will there be enough time to get food between my lecture and tutorial?

11. UGH

12. Is it too early to add them on Facebook

13. Group Assignment? NO

14. Where am I going?

15. What is everyone talking about?

16. I'm so tired

17. Will it matter if I skip this tutorial?


19. I wonder if this person remembers my name

20. Wait I'm so confused

21. What was their name?

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11 April 2015


1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer the questions by the nominator
3. Nominate another 11 bloggers (with 200 followers or less) and link them
4. Create 11 new questions for them to answer
5. Notify all nominees by blog/social media

First of all, thank you to Caitie for the nomination!

1. What is the best present you have ever received?
The best present that I've received has to be tickets to see my fave boy band of all time, Arctic Monkeys! It was a few Christmas's ago and it was the first time I saw them live - best night ever!

2. What are 5 things that are on your current wishlist?
- Adidas slides
- Large Clutch from The Goods Co.
- Jeep Wrangler
- A new Camera!
- A trip to New Zealand

3. What is your favourite TV show?
This is always the hardest question to answer! I don't think I can narrow it down to just one TV show, so here are some of my favourites: Girls, My Mad Fat Diary, One Tree Hill, Skins, Community, Keeping Up With The Kardashians

4. Which country would you love to live in? (Other than where you live now)
It's my life-long dream to live in England! Or L.A would be amazing too!

5. What is your idea of a perfect night in?
As unoriginal as this will sound, my perfect night in would consist of a good bottle of Champagne and a good ol' cheesy teen romance movie.

6. If you won $10,000 right now, and you HAD to spend it within a day, what would you buy?
Definitely a trip to Europe. Definitely. Definitely.

7. What is your most significant personality trait?
I would say my creativity when it comes to anything creative. It's always been my 'thing' I guess?

8. If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be and why?
Knowing me, this answer has to be Arctic Monkeys related, so I would've definitely loved to experience Glastonbury 2007. UGH.

9. What is a skill you wish you had?
Being able to flirt. Haha!

10. What was the last lie you told and why did you tell it?
I probably lied to my tutor about doing progress work that I hadn't done... oops.

11. If you could be any age for a week, what would it be and why?
It'd be so interesting to go back in time and be like, 7-years-old again and see what the world looks like today through a 7-year-old me's eyes. Also, it wouldn't hurt to be carefree and without any worries again!

Angie from The Maquillage 
Mandy from Hello Mandy Hello
Dina from Hey Dina Rey
Jessica from Jessica Leona
Lisa from Two Pineapples
Jasnik from Jasnik Nahal
Nicole from Rosy Sparkle
Chloe from Rag Traders
Kelsie from Kelsie Food
Lieza from Lieza Jordan
Carmen from Not Enough Sweets

My questions for you fellow Bloggers are:

1. What's your favourite item in your wardrobe?
2. Have you written a lie on your Resumé?
3. What colour are your nails painted right now?
4. If you could only listen to 1 song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
5. What's your dream job?
6. What's the most drastic thing you've done to your hair?
7. What's your favourite emoji?
8. If you could change your name, what would you change it to and why?
9. Who was your role model when you were young?
10. Tea or coffee?
11. Knowing what you know now, what would you say to your 10-year-old self?

Have fun!

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