Joey's work experience with The Drawing Book Studios

Self portrait by Joey Zhong

Self portrait by Joey Zhong

 
 

Hi! I’m Joey, I’m currently student in year 10 at Sydney Girls High School...

I’ve been doing work experience at the Drawing Book Studios this week and today is my last day so I thought I’d write a little bit about what went on each day.

 

The first day was stressful. I woke up late, so that meant rushing for the bus, and running through the stuffy tunnel in Central while looking at Google Maps on my phone to find the Drawing Book Studios in a small tucked-away street. I had not imagined it to look anything like it did. I knocked twice, there were no answers so I opened the door to be greeted by a big bulldog which I later learnt was called Chuncho!

Chuncho

Chuncho

He gave me a slobbery nudge on the leg and proceeded towards the open door, my initial reflex was to shut the door because if he left I would not know how to get him back inside - I’ve never owned any pets other than goldfish, so I’m extremely hopeless with animals. I sat in the common area outside the office and waited for a while before I came to the realisation that I should probably call Bec. After I explained who I was, she frantically apologised and told me she’d completely forgot that I was coming, and said she’d be there in half an hour. I honestly didn’t mind, I was more worried about myself being late, so I felt kind of relieved.

Still life from the studio

 

So I sat in the common area while Chuncho stared at me intently through the glass wall. Then the elevator ding-ed, I turned to hear Bec calling my name. She again apologised and explained that we’d have to go to an advertising agency for a meeting with one of their artists. We actually ended up arriving at the meeting early. In the taxi ride there, Bec explained what the company is about and how it's run. She also showed me a photo of one of Jo Ley's works at a draft stage which would soon become a mural. It was quite entertaining watching Jo and Bec try to use the projector, stacking it on top of an upside down rubbish bin and on top of a chair on the desk. But all jokes aside, I could tell that there was a mutual understanding between them. It was obvious that Bec really understood and respected Jo's artistry which was in a way admirable. I was also quite excited that I got to talk to Jo and ask her some questions about her practice. Jo if you're reading this, thank you for chatting with me and being so lovely!

Tattoo art from Mike Watt's Tattoo me project

When we returned to the office, Bec introduced me to a program called Buffer which was something new to me, so I was interested to learn its functions. Shortly after, Natalie came in and she gave me the task of finding interesting articles on creativity and illustrations that I could schedule on Buffer to post on Facebook and Twitter. I ended up finding 17 articles and started scheduling them for the following days, each at various times of the day. I thought this process was quite fun as I got to do something that was useful (hopefully), and at the same time I was able to learn from reading the articles. I felt like I got to know the artists better and I started to recognise the different styles with the different names. While searching and reading, I chose two artists that I liked and came up with a set of questions that I would later email to them to answer. To my surprise, Johan Potma replied to my email the next day and gave me some great responses to my questions. From there I found some images to accompany the text and learnt how to format and insert everything onto the website, which was much more simple than expected. I really enjoyed working behind the screen both on social media and on the website, as technology is such a huge part of today’s society, and getting to work online meant being able to learn and interact with other people, artists even. It was also very exciting looking at the analytics of the Facebook posts, refreshing the page everyday to see how each post went.