Talk & Draw is a monthly creative event in the heart of Rotterdam. Once a month, upcoming and established visual artists come together to share their passion for drawing, work on new or continuing projects, find peer-to-peer feedback and of course drink a beer or two together. Rachelle gave a presentation here on 14 November.
When we saw the sketchbook project “Faces on the Ferry” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUn-23IgDJM) by Rachelle Meyer, we didn’t hesitate to ask her whether she would want to come to Rotterdam and talk about her work. And she said yes!
Rachelle will be giving a talk on balancing a creative business with stimulating personal projects. If you’re working as a full-time freelance illustrator, you’re already living the dream, right? But don’t let your life and business be led by your assignments. Pave your own path and visualize the future by being your own client as well as your own boss.
This interview was first broadcast on rotation on Amsterdam’s Salto 1 TV channel, produced by Broadcast Amsterdam, during August 2017. Thanks to Cathy Central for being one of our first supporters!
My name is Rachelle Meyer. I’m an American illustrator living in Amsterdam, specializing in children’s books and storytelling. In 2017, I started sketching fellow commuters on the NDSM ferry in a tiny sketchbook. It’s a short but sweet trip of about 12 minutes, connecting my home in Amsterdam Noord with my studio in the center of town. When I’d get to work, I’d make a cup of coffee and finish off the hasty little pencil sketches in about 15 minutes or so.
I started off by posting these sketches on Instagram.
Once the sketchbook was full, I flipped through it and thought that there was more to it than the sum of its parts. So I made a film and put it on YouTube.
That little film is a big part of the reason this project has grown to the scale it is today.