Day 1 of 30 days, 30 illustrations.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

As introduced in my previous post which you can read here, today is the first day of my 30 day challenge.

My first illustration, below, is inspired by something I have started doing recently. I can’t do this exactly, and nothing even close! But I have now been to a few classes doing trapeze and aerial silks and ropes. A friend first asked me if I wanted to go and I had been thinking recently that I wanted to try more new things, and especially physical exercise that was also fun…. The first class was really fun, but really quite scary being up high and doing something I have never done before. The hour flew by and I realised afterwards that I had been so transfixed by it all that I hadn’t been thinking about anything else. Which is how we should all be more often, in. the. moment. And when you are doing something new, or scary, it is actually much easier to stay in the present.

Day 1 final 72 dpi Holly Sharpe

Anyway, I have been going for a few weeks now, and it is gradually getting less scary and in some ways quite addictive as you want to keep getting better and trying the moves again. And the moves are so beautiful and elegant, even if you are just a beginner the tools and teaching allow you to move into shapes that look so enchanting.

I think it is really important to try and do things that scare you, try things you never thought you would. You never know what might happen, and we definitely underestimate what we are capable of. So I really hope this might inspire you to try something new and help build your confidence.

“He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world;” – Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays

Illustration created using pencil and ink and edited digitally to add colour and create the final image above. You can see the original sketches on my Instagram and facebook.

Thanks for following my blog! Please leave a comment below if you have been doing something recently that has scared you!

Thanks again for reading,



7 thoughts on “Day 1 of 30 days, 30 illustrations.

  1. Even if my english is not very good,i understand your new project.
    I admire the people that like to try different things because is a good way for change.
    Generally i can do only things that i feel ,and not many things i feel 🙂
    I think that by your picture,every thing you choose to draw can be beautifull and harmonic.
    I am curious to see what you will draw 🙂

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  3. The illustration looks really amazing! and i hope you will get better and better in your classes.
    for me i am trying to do different things in my life that i am not used to but they are not as scary as yours 🙂
    Good Luck!

    • Thanks very much for your comment! Yep here’s hoping, but either way it is a fun thing to do even if I never get very good at doing it!
      That’s awesome, I think it so great to try anything new, wherever you are at in your life so I hope it is working out well for you. 🙂

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