What happens when you mix illustration, philosophy, poetry, a fascination with the natural world and the oddities found therein? Erin Greenough, of course! A veteran of the fair, Erin is back this spring for another round of the Bison. We’re huuuuge fans of her work, and are excited to see what’s new this time around.
“Art & oddities inspired by science, nature and philosophy by Edmonton super-fan, Erin Greenough.”
What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?
When I was 10 I went door to door with my best friend selling drawings to our neighbours for 5 cents. My favourite drawing was 10 cents.
What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?
Staying motivated to create new pieces, especially when it starts to feel more like work than play. I tend to spend a lot more time doing things like kerning type on my business cards, or tweaking code on my website, than I actually do making new drawings.
How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?
I tend to motivate myself by starting new drawings, but I never finish them, which makes me feel even worse about the progress. Doing a couple smaller projects that I can have fun with and finish quickly helps me feel back in my game. Switching it up and trying new things I think is an important part of fueling creative energy. At the end of the day though, I’ll always fall back into the familiar satisfaction of (eventually) finishing a dotwork drawing.
Describe your current creative process in 3 words.
Inspire, Research, Dive-in.
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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?
My roommates cat “June” hangs out with me a lot