New Watercolour Video

I wanted to start a series of process videos to share more of the process of how I paint. It sometimes changes depending on the piece, and I guess it has developed over time as well, I tend not to follow any ‘rules’ or rather don’t really believe there should be any when you are being creative! Instead I generally go with what feels right, and for the most part it feels good, and leaves me wanting to do it even more and try something bigger, and better…

Hope you enjoy seeing a bit more of my process!
Holly

Live illustrating for Ted Baker

I had such a great weekend, live painting on tote bags for Ted Baker in House of Frasers, Glasgow. I have done live illustrating a few times now, and every time I have LOVED it! Below are a few pics from the event. I also made a couple of little videos which you can see on my Instagram here.
Holly

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

You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge here. 

See more of my work on my Instagram and Facebook.
Holly
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Day 4 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 4: My studio Orchid.

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"
- Henri Matisse

Inky Orchid /  illustration by Holly Sharpe

Illustration created with Parker ink, watercolour, pencil, and composed in Photoshop.

You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge HERE. 

Thanks for following my work! 
Would love to hear if you are setting yourself any daily challenges?
Holly

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Day 3 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

"These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs."

―Anton Chekhov, "A Day in the Country"

Day 3: Grown your own.

Today’s daily drawing is… tomatoes! Haha, random. Being a big plant lover, that currently lacks an actual garden, I have slowly built up a substantial collection of house plants and thrive on keeping them alive... some better than others I should add. And I have talked about wanting to grow my own vegetables for a while now, but my current situation doesn’t exactly lend itself well to that…. I don’t have a garden and I live in a top floor flat…and in Scotland, which doesn't bode well for any fruit or vegetable that needs a lot of sunshine. 

Food illustration by Holly Sharpe

 

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

So earlier this year I went ahead and decided to start with a couple of things anyway. Queue – my tomato plant! The one in question grows big tomatoes. It has taken months to grow. It is in my living room, in a sunny spot right by the window. In Scotland. And guess what, it worked! It grew tomatoes and, eventually, they turned red from green! I was seriously excited when I got to eat my first one. AND, it was WAY tastier than anything hanging about the supermarket. Growing plants and watching them grow is, for me anyway, satisfying in a very humble way that helps instil some sort of gratification and makes it slightly easier sometimes to put things in perspective and be proud of even the smallest of achievements especially when it feels like others things in your life aren't quite going how you want them to. Even if you start with something small, I think it is a way to help yourself to slow down sometimes and take time to nurture something.

Dream goals = to be self sufficient and grow loads of fruit and vegetables! 

WHY am I drawing tomatoes?? Read more HERE.

Holly,

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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

'Jungle Rose' time lapse process video

I made another time lapse/ sped up video. This one is full of colour, and probably demonstrates my somewhat random/ for the most part, non planned process! 

I hope this is still the beginning on many videos to come and that they will get better each time. Please take a moment to subscribe to my youtube channel to be the first to know when I post a new video, and so I know you want to see more of them :) 
Holly
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