My name is Megan but you can call me Meg
There are many words to describe who I am – daughter, wife, sister, aunt, active enthusiast, outdoor lover and adventurer, music lover, creative…to name a few. However, artist would be a recent addition.
The closest thing to any form of art training I have come to was sitting in art class in high school when I didn’t have a music lesson – I would watch my friends craftily and patiently (most of the time) create paintings and sketches which would often amaze me and make me somewhat envious of their creations.
I would say I am more of a doodler, and drawing only really became a reality while I was learning graphic design.
I am fortunate enough to be quite a quick learner in general; however, it turns out that I am an extremely slow learner when it comes to figuring out what I want to spend most of my time doing. After doing a Bachelor of Science Undergrad, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, I was still not sure what I wanted to do. I ended up coaching tennis in the afternoons at a tennis academy in Cape Town, and found myself restless with too much ‘free’ time most mornings.
This is where my journey with graphic design began. And not knowing it at the time, the beginning of my journey with drawing. I had the time to teach myself the basics with the help of video tutorials and Youtube – to keep progressing I started drawing images to use within my designs.
My drawing journey began with graphite pencils – they are a bit more forgiving! But one day I was too lazy to get my pencils and a black BIC pen was on the table next to me, so I tried the pen and really enjoyed the detailed yet simple and sophisticated drawing you can create with pen. From then on I have been hooked!
And that leads to where I am today – ‘an artist in the making’.
Here you can find a collection of drawings – mainly pen and pencil, and a couple of inktense (a relatively new art medium – pencils that act as watercolour when water is added, but are ink so don’t activate again once dried). They are inspired by my memories, my love for everything South African, and my fascination in the beauty that surrounds us everyday – both big and small.