With each new issue of our magazine we feature handpicked artists in our magazine as well as in our banner space gallery her on our website. Our second featured artist for the Travel Journal issue is the delicate work of the Australian illustrator Annabelle Burdon.
Annabelle Burdon. 20. Illustrator / photographer / actress / singer / student. For the moment, she is living in both Canberra and Melbourne, Australia - which according to Annabelle feels just like playing musical houses!
Tell us your story? How did you end up doing what you do?
As a child I was quite imaginative and was very fond of bringing my world to life, not only through the use of illustrations but by storytelling also. One time however, this ‘storytelling’ had resulted in my brother locking me inside a wardrobe. I guess I got a bit carried away and had told him a wolf was coming and I needed to be safe. I didn’t think he would actually lock me in a wardrobe and leave me in there. What I have always loved doing most though, is creating illustrations for these stories and having them work together. Of course, becoming a book illustrator and author would nearly be the obvious career choice. So when I was 16 I wrote and illustrated a children’s book. It was never published but I still adore it today. At the same age I enrolled into photography, as an ‘easy class to pass’ as I recall. However, upon seeing the creations made through the use of photoshop; I was absolutely inspired. I started using myself as a model on self-timer and practised creating extraterrestrial images through the use of many normal images. I loved it. Not only was I able to bring my own imaginatives to life but I was also able to act out the scenes myself. Today I still experiment with my photography, studying to become a graphic designer, and focusing on my own skills to combine both illustrating and photography together. I am also an actress and singer working with an agency for television commercials and series.
What's the best part?
I am never bored. I love what I do. But the best part is realising just how far I can bring an imaginative to life. There is so much that can be done, and I find it all very exciting.
The worst part?
I think my neighbours now believe that I am an absolute nut case. I keep going outside with costumes and props, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they’ve caught me running back and forth with the camera on self-timer.
What makes you very happy?
What makes me really happy is seeing a story being told to the viewer without my help, they can see what’s happening. I also love trying out new things and collaborating them into my work.
What are your future ambitons professionally?
My dream job would be to advertise children’s clothing. The reason behind this is that children usually are quite imaginative. I remember as a child I could be a princess or a cowgirl through the use of casual wear. I didn’t necessarily need costumes, and I’m sure that many children are the same way. It would be a dream to create images that told the stories daring to lie behind a simple piece of clothing.
3 words that capture the very essence of your artwork?
Imagination, fairytales and animals.
3 most important things to you when working?
Patience, determination and fun.
3 best sources of inspiration?
Reading; it doesn’t necessarily matter what the reading is of, just as long as I’m imagining whilst I do so. I also find listening to songs and their poetry quite helpful. And lastly, by merely going outside and exploring the area. For example, I don’t believe one can ever grow too old to make a cubby out of sticks or whatever it may be; usually doing such things ignites a new story to be told.
Why is art important to you?
I try to make my images appear to be pleasant and somewhat magical. For me, art can remind someone of an event or story, but it can also teach someone how they could view an event or situation in the future. It’s about sharing thoughts and feelings.
THE TRAVEL JOURNAL
What is a travel journal according to you?
To me a travel journal doesn’t necessarily have to be a journal in itself. It could be a progression between different pieces of art as we learn from experiences, cultures and other people.
Favorite thing about working with the theme of the travel journal?
It reminded me of how when I was a child, I was always travelling. Nearly every weekend I was in another country. I became so bored of flying that I’d cry with excitement whenever we got on a bus. But it reminded me of the smaller things too; how I wondered how a plane could fly but I couldn’t, even with my arms stretched out as far as I could reach. And the wonder of whether someone had ever been blown away by the wind as they latched themselves onto a balloon, or even a dandelion I suppose.
Would/did you ever make a travel journal yourself?
I have had journals in the past. Usually however, I start them off with a theme in mind, but as I meet new people and learn new things the drawings slowly change as my thoughts do too. An example of this is the journal I am using now; I started it by doing very precise grey lead drawing, but now it is full of watercolour made to collaborate with photography.