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Final weeks in Macau while following Academy of Arts University online illustration class

Hi everybody,

So my last two weeks in Macau have arrived.

Next week we have the Photography Club exhibition and I am finishing up my animal masks for the theater play next month. I will make sure to document everything in such way that I can publish it online and share it with you guys. I am not allowed to post any pictures of the children in or around the school and in their uniforms.

This post I wanted to dedicate specially to the online illustration class that I have been following at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.

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Irene teaching class in Macau

Tough but beautiful weeks in Macau by Irene O’Callaghan

Hi everybody,

Three weeks have passed since I took the ferry to Macau and arrived in Hong Kong. I am now fully settled and over my jet-lag and in the flow of my new rhythm here. Finally, I have the time to write to you.

Gosh, where to start? The change has been so big for me and so many things have happened already that it seems like ages ago that I left. Let me begin by saying that I am so grateful to be here and to have made the decision to come. Every morning I wake up feeling blessed because I know that today will be another day full of joy. Continue reading…

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Irene’s illustrated plans for Macau to teach drawing

Macau, here I come!

Hi guys,

So, the day has come. At 17:15 I fly out to Hong Kong, where I will arrive at 10:30 (local time). I have a 11,5 hour direct flight from Amsterdam. Once arrived I will take a ferry that will take me to Macau. Jeanie, the human resource representative of The School Of The Nations will be waiting for me at the ferry terminal.

I am excited, anxious, nervous and over the moon-happy all at the same time! Continue reading…

Irene O'Callaghan

Irene O’Callaghan – A Dive Into the Unknown

Irene O’Callaghan is going on an incredible journey that will transform her life as a professional illustrator. It is a shining example of an artist making a dream come true. We are excited to follow her through her writings here at The Open Draw.

Dear members of The Open Draw and other interested people,

In the months January, February and March of this year I have been co-hosting the Monday evenings at The Open Draw. Some of you might remember me, to some of you I might be new. I suddenly left in April and never came back. This was not because I did not enjoy The Open Draw. On the contrary: The Open Draw inspired me to follow my dreams.

I left Amsterdam and went to visit the West-Coast of America. I have an American passport, but apart from the first six months of my life I have never lived on the continent. I always wanted to go back and see for myself what “America” was like. I heard about this university in San Francisco that offered a great illustration Master’s, and I was told about the blooming creative industry. Continue reading…