My artistic practice for every day!
My artistic practice this year is publishing my third children's book.
The title of the book is “I am a good artist!”
I have already created books called ‘Hello, My Robin’ and ‘Fancy Snail Anna’. This work was meaningful and fun to me. And the third book started with an idea I got while teaching art online for orphanage children in Myanmar.
At that time, I was asked to explain to children what an artist does. I had to introduce my job online in the form of a job fair. First, I quickly made a presentation and researched the materials to describe artists as a profession. However, the content delivered as a lecture did not provide a sufficient answer to the question to children: What does an ‘artist’ do? I thought it would be a good idea to turn this into a children's book to make it easier for children to understand.
Creating a book is not an easy task. It requires effort, professionalism and passion. I am well aware of the fact that I need to secure a minimum amount of time to produce one book. And I save time to work on it little by little. First, the story begins with the main character, Maya, introducing herself. Anna, my trademark snail, asks Maya questions about the artist. The answer at this time was written based on the data I have been thinking about, researching, and interviewing from other artists. A lot of time was put into creating the illustrations for this children's book. And I included my students' drawings throughout this book. This book was created by all of us together.
The illustration portion of the book is currently almost complete. I am editing the image using Photoshop to make it into a published format. And, if possible, I plan to finish publishing the book within this year. I am grateful for this opportunity to open up about my motivation and process.
I hope that in the future there will be more people who can do this work together.
Myungja Anna Koh