Day 30 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 30: Rush

Woohoo, I made it! I have completed my self imposed challenge to create a new illustration, every day, for 30 days. I think I will save my thoughts and reflections on how I feel it went, for another post. 

For now, let me introduce my final illustration. I decided to do an illustration that is probably the type of illustration that people who know my work, know me best for (??). The only new part in this illustration is the face, which itself is an original pencil drawing. ALL the other elements come from my 30 days, 30 illustrations. I didn't use something from every single day, as that would have been too crazy, and she is already pushing the boundaries of crazy as it is! But I did sneak in a LOT of different elements. If you didn't understand my process for creating illustrations like this one already, maybe you will now as you can try and spot which day each little bit comes from....! I LOVE creating illustrations in this way, especially when I have so many elements / new drawings to work with... however, it also puts you in an endless cycle of decisions in Photoshop. I ended up with 5 final versions, and let it be told that I for sure could have created at least 5 more. I might still publish my second favourite one out of the final options, but for now this is it:

Rush - illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 27 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 27: Green space

Today I wanted to draw one of my many house plants. This is one of my more recent additions to my ever growing indoor green space, and is definitely one of my favourites. It is also in a little pot that I painted. I realised that all my illustrations so far have had colour in them, and although in most of them I have used pencil to create them, it has usually been combined with watercolour or ink. So, I wanted to leave this one as as pencil drawing, no colour. 

Pencil botanical illustration by Holly Sharpe

Illustration created with pencil.

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Day 26 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 26: Swim II

I talked about my love of swimming and being in water in my last post here. So I felt inspired to create another underwater themed illustration. Sadly I am not usually swimming with tropical fish, but I have been lucky enough to go snorkelling and scuba diving a couple of times years ago and wanted to try and capture the beauty and vivid colours in these phenomenal creatures. Still hoping I'll get to swim in the Great Barrier Reef one day!

Swim II illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 25 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 25: Swim

I feel really grateful that my parents got me and my siblings all swimming lessons when we were kids. Since neither of my parents are great swimmers, it was a big priority for them to make sure we could all swim. At the time, I am sure there were times when I would rather be doing something else, but now I am so glad we didn't. It is like riding a bike, once you have been taught to swim properly, and then practiced it A LOT, you never really lose it. What you do lose is stamina... I don't swim as much as I would like to now, but when I do I love it so much. I realised recently that I actually find it very meditative as I am usually focusing on counting breaths, lanes, strokes, so much so that I feel like the whole time I don't think I am actually thinking about anything else! There is something so tranquil about gliding through water, feeling fresh, energised, and like you are physically, and possibly mentally, lighter. 


"We lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there too" - Kristin Martz

Swim illustration by Holly Sharpe

'Swim' illustration created with pencil and watercolour.

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Day 24 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 24: Black lines.

I have worn liquid eyeliner for years now, and regular pencil eyeliner for even longer. A lot of my girl illustrations wear it too! So today I thought I would indulge in drawing some lovely eyes with different liquid eye liner styles....  Illustration created with pencil, pen and watercolour.

Eye liner illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 23 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 23: Studio tools

It's day 23 and I decided to illustrate more of the tools I use in my studio! On day 9 I illustrated another of my favourite mediums which you can see here.
I created this illustration with pencil and watercolour.

Paint brushes illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 22 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 22: Masculinity

I don't want to say too much about my ideas behind this illustration, as I hope it will speak for itself. And although a very complicated and intricate topic, I hope it will be interpreted in different ways by different people. 

The subject I wanted to explore in this illustration is men in our society, what it means to be a man today, how we (our society) has shaped them, put pressure on them, and in many cases left them behind. Yes, there is a much greater awareness of mental health in general these days, but, when suicide is THE highest cause of death in young men, we have a HUGE problem. Granted, no one has an exact explanation for this, but my theory is quite simple: men, typically, do not talk about their feelings, emotions, and problems, any where near as much as women, if at all. The age old 'boys don't cry' has gotten completely out of hand, and has left in its trail an extremely bitter taste. Then add on top decades of pressure to act a certain way, suppress a load of stuff, and 'rise to the top'. A toxic concoction which can (sometimes) result in breakdowns, violence, and unhealthy levels of anger and aggression as well as lead to (some) men growing up to be unhappy and frankly, a bit lost.

Two great books, exploring issues of this sort are:

'How Not To Be a Boy', by Robert Webb and 'The Descent of Man' by Grayson Perry

Both books explore, analyse, and explain, these complex issues better than I could, so instead I did this....

Masculinity illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 21 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 21: Rejuvenate

Sundays are a good day to slow down and recuperate. That means something different to me from day to day, week to week. Sometimes it is seeing friends that rejuvenates me, or maybe it's a long bath, or reading a book, watching a film etc. And sometimes I like to pamper myself with a little Lush face mask! This one is super fresh and minty and acts like an exfoliating face scrub when you wash it off. 

I hope you have had a relaxing Sunday and make time to catch up with yourself and what you need before the start of another week!

Face Mask illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 20 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 20: Aerial

I decided to do another illustration on my new and exciting aerial/ trapeze class! (You can see my first one on day 1 here) I have now been going every week for over a month. In each class we do a combination of trapeze, silks, and rope. I am still nowhere near the pose illustrated, but have been doing things that frankly, I never thought I would or could. It has become increasingly more difficult each week, but also pretty exhilarating, and really does make me want to increase my strength (because you seriously need a LOT of it for this!) and flexibility so that I will hopefully start to improve. It is for sure a new found love, and I would encourage anyone to challenge yourself in starting something new, whatever that may mean for you.

Aerial 2 illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 18 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 18: Studio Ivy

My illustration today, on day 18 (!!) is inspired by the every growing Ivy in my studio. It is super low maintenance, and yet continues to grow and grow, slowing taking over some shelves and a corner of the studio. If you like this, you might like the one I did on day 4 of my studio Orchid here, which sadly has now perished... hopefully to return next year! 

Studio Ivy illustration by Holly Sharpe 72dpi.jpg

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Day 17 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 17: Music

I really do not know where I would be without music, and I don't know how I would create anything either. Sometimes my favourite thing to do, is go for a walk with really loud music in my ears. It usually gets me back in the zone and feeling inspired! 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”  - Victor Hugo

Headphones illustration by Holly Sharpe 72dpi.jpg

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Day 16 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 16: Keep on Going. 

For anyone trying to follow their dream, stick to their goals, pursue their passion, get their dream job etc etc, KEEP. ON. GOING. That is THE only way to succeed. 


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ―Nelson Mandela

Keep Going illustration by Holly Sharpe

 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius

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Day 15 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 15: Art makes the world a better place

I am now half way through my 30 day challenge! You can read more about my idea for setting this challenge in the first place here.

Today I have used some hand painted ink typography that I had planned to use in my illustration on day 12 or day 13 , but once I started to layer it up and compose it, I realised it wasn't going to work and would be far too busy. But I really liked this type, so decided to use it by itself today instead! 

Inky typography by Holly Sharpe

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 
- Pablo Picasso

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Day 14 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 14: Swimming Thoughts

Woohoo, I made it 14 days already!

My illustration today is inspired by a quote I came across last week. It reminded me that whenever I doubt myself, or my work, or what I am doing, the best thing I can do, is to just do it, whatever that thing is. I think this can definitely be applied to anyone doing anything creative, but probably a lot of other things in life as well. When you have any doubts, or self doubt, stop thinking and planning and analysing it, and instead just START.

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

- Vincent Van Gogh

Swimming Thoughts illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Day 13 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 13: Rainbow Ruin II

I decided to do another illustration based on my visit to the ruin of St Peter’s Seminary .

Yesterday's illustration was also inspired by this, and I wrote more about why and the ruin itself here. 

Rainbow Ruin II, Art by Holly Sharpe

To create this illustration I used a combination of photographs I took, extracting colours and marks, as well as some echoes of the building itself, that I then layered up and composed. And also some inky typography which I hand painted and then layered on top.

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Day 12 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 12: Rainbow Ruin

Today's illustration is based on and inspired by my visit to the ruin of St Peter's Seminary as there was an Open day tour there last weekend. If you haven't heard of it, it is a fantastic piece of architecture and has a really fascinating presence, perhaps even more so in its current state. There is a lot of graffiti, which is what I took most of my photographs of, considering my printed textiles background, I am constantly drawn to colour and pattern! I also think it adds something to this amazing building, and I love the way the colours and marks layer up, and represent different people, different lives and different minds that have passed through since it stopped being a seminary, and added their mark. 

Rainbow Ruin illustration by Holly Sharpe

To create this illustration I used a combination of photographs I took, extracting colours and marks, as well as some echoes of the building itself, that I layered up and composed. And of course with one of my pencil drawn faces thrown in  for good measure!

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Day 11 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 11: Black Lungs

I don't want to say too much about this illustration, as I hope the image should speak for itself. One thing I will say, that I have thought about for years now, is that I think if we, humans, could open our front body up like a door and see everything inside, I don't think we would do half the things we do to our bodies. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe we are inherently designed to neglect facts and self destruct.

I think smoking will become illegal in the UK when the amount it costs the NHS out ways what the government makes from tax on sales of tobacco and cigarettes. But not sure that day will ever come.

When asked what surprises him the most in a recent interview, the Dalai Lama offered this insightful response: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Black Lungs illustration by HOLLY SHARPE

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