My name is Asha and I’m a self-taught illustrator/graphic designer/crafter based in Auckland, New Zealand. I live next door to the bush so my work is heavily inspired by nature, birds, wild animals and plants and I love to play with a mix of ‘real-life’ and some more fantasy styles. After my 7 year long career in kindergarten teaching, I was inspired to make a change and study graphic design to follow my artistic passions.
My favourite technique is watercolour, although I also use pencils, pens, ink and my drawing tablet. What I really like about watercolour paint is its playfulness on paper, and how it spreads and moves around, creating a variety of edges. It’s soft, light and delicate. This is why I chose this technique for the Halcyon project.
I was excited when I was first told about the concept of an illustrated, animated map of the ‘Halcyon world’ for their new website. I thought that the map would look really nice if had a mix of watercolour and digital elements in it, which could later be animated. I found my style and background fit well with Halcyon’s values and I had lots of fun during the project!