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Ten Years Ago – Vanessa Hutchinson

October 22, 2008

Thanks Vanessa!

Rehab Exit Interview: Vanessa Hutchinson

May 30, 2008

1. Briefly describe your experience at comic artist rehab:

First of all thanks Amber for instigating the whole show! I have really enjoyed being part of Comic Artist Rehab. I feel that it was an important thing for me to do. I did pick a difficult time – my partner and I were in the middle of renovations and I had to go on a business trip right in the middle of it as well…but it was OK I still got my comics in on time. I thought the feedback from the other rehabbers (past and present) was great and it felt very supportive.

2. What, if anything, did you learn from the program?

I actually learnt some surprising things. I haven’t had much of an audience for my work outside of my friends and family, so it was certainly an invigorating experience to share my comics with a broader audience. I was also surprised to learn that I can draw to a deadline and enjoy it. Every one’s feedback was really good for me and I felt encouraged.

3. Which one of your own comics are you most pleased with and why?

I think I liked the day 7 comic the best. I really enjoyed drawing the tree. My hand hurt afterwards but I felt a real sense of achievement by the end.

4. Which one of your own comics are you least pleased with and why?

I was pleased with all my drawings but if I had to pick on that I was the least pleased with it would be Lucky Winners . I liked my drawings but I wished I had used my own handwriting rather than the font and not rushed it so much.

5. Do you hope to keep up drawing comics after rehab? If so, how often.

I do intend to keep drawing, but I haven’t done much since I finished rehab. I would like to draw everyday even if it’s just a scribble. I don’t want to loose the momentum that I generated while at rehab. Thursday night is ostensibly my art night – Jim, my partner, cooks and I don’t answer the phone. It doesn’t always work out every week but the intention is there.

6. Where can people see your work in the future?

I’d like to say that you can see more work at my website…but guess what else I’ve been procrastinating about! I’m working on it at the moment and not sure when it will be finished but it will be fantastic when it’s done. I have a blog where I post things every so often. I will be submitting some work to a couple of publications that will be coming out later in the year but I won’t jinx myself by mentioning what they are. I will announce it on my blog if and when it happens.

7. Any suggestions for future rounds?

I really encourage people to take the time to leave comments! It really makes a difference and the insights that others have are really appreciated.

I would love it if there was a continuing rehab programme – maybe some kind of project that involves past rehabbers. Maybe a kind of “where are they now” a month on or so.

Round 6 Day 27

April 27, 2008

Last post – thanks for all the encouraging comments over the past month, much appreciated.

Hope you enjoy this one!

Round 6 Day 23

April 23, 2008

Round 6 – day 19

April 19, 2008

I apologise that I have left my Poupee story at a cliff hanger and now when it’s time for final chapter I have posted something quite different. I just didn’t get the time these last four days…I’m still half way through it but it will be ready by Wednesday when I post next.

For those not familiar with Melbourne all the places are suburbs in my rough vacinity.

Round 6 – Day 15

April 15, 2008

Almost finished with this story! The conclusion will be in the next set of four. And then I guess I will start something else…

Round 6 – Day 11

April 10, 2008

I just realised that the doctor looks a little like Kevin Rudd our Prime Minister, except he doesn’t have a beehive hairdo. Totally unintentional.

Round Six – Day Seven

April 7, 2008

I have only just managed to get this post in!

It’s actually a very busy time at home right now, we have renovations happening, shows to see comedy festival happening and for some reason I decided to make orange marmelade on the weekend. But I’m pleased that I still got this comic done.

I decided that I would give this an ink wash, otherwise it was going to be too busy and flat.

Round 6 day 3

April 2, 2008

round-6-day3.jpgHi there comic readers and rehab supporters

Here’s my first post!

On the doctor’s bench you see my principal character Poupee. I’ve been drawing her for about 10 or so years. She sort of emerged from a first year sculpture project where we were asked to create an anamorphic self-portrait. It’s hard to explain how she emerged, considering the anamorphic self-portrait was sculptural and made of fabric (last seen as cushion on a student couch), but emerge she did. I drew her initially for relaxation on the way home from Uni. Increasingly she became more important and the conceptual sculpture less important.
I consider her a kind of proxy; the stories she features in are generally philosophical and she interacts with the abstract and symbolic.

I intended to embellish this with black ink wash, but my partner and house mate both said leave it.

Artist Introduction: Vanessa Hutchinson

March 30, 2008


My story is sad – a lovely creative life laid waste by procrastination and perfectionism. My parents never wanted me to do a real job and always supported my artistic interests. But somehow I cast aside my dreams and ended up working for the man.

I work full time as a graphic designer making magazines for an industry I don’t really care about; the only job satisfaction I have is through my phone doodles and lunchtime drawing at a near-by cafe. I slip illustrations into the magazines where I can, but it’s not enough.

I have enjoyed reading and creating comics for most of my life. When I was 9 or 10 I drew the Adventures of Vampire Bunny for my East German pen-friend because I thought that she wasn’t able to get comic books behind the Iron Curtain. I drew comics at university, during lectures and on the tram home. I was studying Sculpture but really should have been in Drawing, my first love. During that time I got hold of the work of Jim Woodring and that was when I decided that comic art was for me. But ten years later I am nowhere near my vaguely imagined goal.

I live in West Brunswick, Melbourne with my partner Jim and our dog Felix. Both are very supportive. But I need rehab to help get me back on track and reconnect me with a creative community. I feel isolated and out of touch. We have chucked out our television and I am ready to go.