Greedy

Hen

My pen name (hen name) is Greedy Hen.

I grew up in the country but I now live in Sydney, where there are fewer kangaroos but more tacos. When I was a child, I loved making a mess. I would try building 3-dimensional Muppets and loved to paint clothing onto myself instead of wearing actual clothes. I was under the impression that if I could paint clothes on my body, I could walk around butt-naked and no one would notice (which obviously wasn't the case).

I studied fine art at the University Of New South Wales. It really got me excited about conceptual art. I love a visual delight that also inspires ideas in the viewer.

I make collage-style illustrations for lots of different interesting clients and I also like to make art for myself and to occasionally exhibit in galleries. I get a kick out of narrating ideas through images.

The key to a really successful illustration is creating something that is visually glorious that the viewer can also spend a lot of time pondering.

The best thing about working on commercial projects is the ‘soup’ of different assignments that come my way. It’s stimulating to jump from one challenge to another. I’m probably most known for the posters and album artwork I’ve created over the years for different Australian bands and music festivals.

Not long ago I illustrated a cute editorial for Good Weekend about the pressures of being a good order-er in restaurants. It ended up being really fun! I chose to highlight the part of the story where the author reveals that his 'brain is like a Rain Man Rolodex of special dishes and peculiar opening hours'.

Here’s a recent podcast tile I created for How Do You Sleep At Night?. I really enjoyed how challenging it was to visually allude to the characters featured in each episode. They included a big tobacco lobbyist, a killer, a stock market manipulator, and women’s health clinic protesters.

One of my all-time favourite projects was a cover I created for Frankie magazine (issue 60). The issue also coincided with their tenth birthday and their iPad App launch. It was great to see it in stores as well as online—it was everywhere!

I also really loved working on this illustration for Good Weekend—I was asked to create an illustration for a story about a couple finding inner peace by exploring caves in the Australian bush. The timing was absolutely perfect as I had just come back from a trip away with my husband where we had adventured through the spectacular Jenolan Caves and climbed inside a glow worm tunnel up in the Blue Mountains. It felt a little bit like a self portrait.

I often get asked if my work is digital or handmade. The answer is both! I like to work heavily with a scanner and printer. I’ll draw, paint, or hand-cut elements and textures, scan them in, work on the image in Photoshop, and keep printing and scanning until it’s complete.

Lately in my personal work I’ve been interested in still life and poetry. When I’m not doing client work, you can probably find me working on my personal art practice while snacking on what could probably be considered an unhealthy quantity of nuts.

I’d love to experiment more with collage over photographic portraits because it’s quite fun to work within the boundaries of an existing image.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.