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!
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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!
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.”
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
“Learn to forgive others so that you can release yourself from being held captive by the very negative thoughts around you.”
- Stephen Richards
Day 9: INK.
Quink ink is in my top 3 out of my favourite things to use for drawings and paintings. I have used it in every illustration of my 30 day challenge so far... It is so beautiful to paint with and is really lovely to build up layers and create inky marks with.
My 3 favourite things to use are: Pencil, quink ink, and watercolours. In no specific order because if I had to choose just one I'm not sure I could...!
See more of my work on Instagram here and facebook.
You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge HERE.
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.
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
Read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge here.
I have written a new blog post about my ideas behind this new illustration, 'Inner Fire' HERE.
If you feel like you can relate to this and would like to have this image in your home as something of a reminder for your own ideas and dreams, or if you just like the illustration (!) then you can buy a print on Society6 in a few different sizes HERE. (ps - they usually do free shipping around the end of every month! ;) )
Very happy to say that I have now made some of my latest watercolours available as Limited Edition giclée prints, four of my personal favourites. I hope to have more of my watercolours from this year made into prints soon, but for now here are some images of the ones I currently have. You can see more details/ buy prints HERE. Click on images to link direct to each print.