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 10 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 10: Toxic Thoughts.

Toxic thoughts, lead to toxic words, which lead to toxic actions.... 

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” - unknown


“Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.” 
- Charles F. Glassman

Toxic Thoughts Illustration by HOLLY SHARPE

“Learn to forgive others so that you can release yourself from being held captive by the very negative thoughts around you.” 
- Stephen Richards

Created using one of my favourite things - quink ink, which I illustrated in my last post here.

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Day 8 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 8: Happy hair days!

As mentioned in my previous post (here),  I recently bought some Babyliss heated rollers to help me achieve a slightly lazier way of having nice hair! Today's illustration is this crazy lady hanging out in her rollers >>>
 

Hair illustration by Holly Sharpe



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Day 6 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 6: Dancers in pencil and ink

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
– Osho

Dancers/ fashion illustration by Holly Sharpe

 

Following on from yesterday’s illustration (which you can see here), here is my second version of dancers.. let me know which one you prefer?

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
– Susan Polis Schutz

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Day 5 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 5: Dancers in ink

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” 
- Friedrich Nietzsche
 

Last weekend I went out dancing for the first time in a while. Dancing to loud music with a whole crowd around you is so immersive it makes it easy to get a little lost for a while, in a good way.

Inky dancers / illustration by Holly Sharpe

I did loads of sketches for this illustration, which made the final stage of composing it in Photoshop quite hard work as there were way too many options, I probably could have created 10 more versions. But I stripped it right back and decided that simple was best. However, I did do one other version, which will be tomorrow's illustration. I thought they were both quite fitting to post at the weekend when I'm sure lots of people will be out dancing. Or I hope so anyway. 

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” 
- Martha Graham
 

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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.

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