Day 2 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 2: My new dress.

I have been on the hunt for a dungaree denim dress for a while now. On that note, I have also been on the look out for a denim shirt dress for YEARS, but still haven’t found one that I think doesn’t look stupid on me! And I had the same problem with the pinafore/ dungaree dress, until I came across this one in TOPSHOP recently. It has a zip all down the front and is black denim, and it is super comfortable.  You can see the real dress here. There is also a very cute pink cord version which I am thinking about…

Day 2 Holly SHarpe 72dpiAnyway, given that a lot of my work is fashion illustration I decided that one of my illustrations (and perhaps more in the days to come!) should be based on what I wear, and especially newly purchased items. I suppose the reason I haven’t done so before is partly because I sometimes feel that I have a strange relationship to clothes. I love fashion and love drawing it and even designing it, but sometimes I find choosing what to wear really hard and a lot of the time I then go for the same stuff – jeans and a t shirt mainly! I love dressing up and mixing things up, but often I find it easier to convert to my ‘usual’ clothes that require zero thought. And you do hear of people, pretty sure Steve Jobs was one, and my tutor at art school another, who wear the same outfit every day and just buy copies of the same thing. Which I sometimes consider adopting so as not to take up any thought or head space when our lives already feel filled up with decisions and tasks. BUT, I don’t think I ever could because fashion is a way to express ourselves, our individuality and can often be an accessible luxury when other things are out of our reach.

Thanks again for reading!

Please leave any comments of questions in the comments below.

Holly

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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.

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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.

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Thanks again for reading,

Holly

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30 days, 30 illustrations.

Studio photo 2017 HOLLY SHARPE

^ Photo from my studio space in Glasgow ^

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”  – Roy T. Bennett

Today, I want to introduce a project I have set myself that I will begin tomorrow. The clue is in the title: 30 days, 30 illustrations.

Something of a 30 day diary, but more in illustrations with a side dish of words. My plan is to draw things from my life, from my day, which will sometimes be mundane, or superficial things that I have done, bought, used or eaten. But I also hope to include some illustrations that will be more serious in tone and hopefully express something I feel strongly about, or address an important issue or something I have been thinking about, and try to capture that in an illustration. Needless to say, there will be a varied range of different illustrations over the 30 days!

I have many reasons for setting myself this challenge, some of which are:

  • I work well with deadlines. When something needs to be done, I get it done. I am pretty self disciplined most of the time – you have to be when you are self employed. But, there are lulls, and deadlines help. Restricted time helps – to an extent. And I go off on tangents, A LOT, I always have so many ideas and I want to follow them all, but I do manage to recognise this sometimes and reign it in to train myself to finish the thing I am working on before I move on to the next… it doesn’t always work that way and sometimes the creativity gets the better of me and takes the lead. But I hope with this it will mean I have no choice but to stick to it. As someone wise once said, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”.
  • To improve my drawing skills by trying things I don’t usually draw and things that are out of my comfort zone. I think it is important to always be trying to improve you skills and challenge yourself.
  • Develop my gratitude for things that may sometimes go unnoticed. By reflecting on my day, and thinking about what to draw will force me to slow down, stop and think about what has happened. What are the little (or big) things that I have been doing, been given or tried etc. I think this will help me to be even more grateful and notice these things more than I already do.
  • Expand my portfolio – I already feel that sometimes I struggle with trying to fit myself into the title of either ‘artist’ or ‘illustrator’ and by doing this I want to utilise and demonstrate more of my ‘illustrating’ skills.
  • I hope it will allow people to get to know me better. It is hard to get your personality across sometimes through the internet, but I hope by giving more of an insight into my life that people who follow my work may be able to understand more of me!

So, stay tuned for a new illustration every day, for 30 days, starting tomorrow!

I will also be posting them in the news section of my website.

Thanks again for following my blog and for taking the time to read it. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below if you are thinking of setting yourself any challenges for any lengths on time?

Holly

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“‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.” – Henry Ward Beecher

A little corner of my world

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Above is a recent photo of one little corner of my studio, and of course my world (!) when I stayed late to keep painting. – see more pics on my Instagram.

I just wanted to post a quick update on what I have been doing recently as I feel like, once again, time is somewhat escaping me and I haven’t been able to keep up to date with everything that I wanted to (what’s new). But I think it is important to keep swimming, and flow with it, rather than resist what is trying to happen to you and instead embrace what is coming your way. Not always so easy to do, especially when we get caught up and fixated on something that we are so desperate to make happen.

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The main focus I have been working on for most of this year, is creating new watercolour paintings for Breeze gallery here in Scotland (see above image). I feel really lucky to have a very supportive outlet to create new originals for. They really believe in me and my work, and of course that is always encouraging. So in some ways it feels like my illustration work is taking a slight side step, but then I like to think that it isn’t always necessary to define this work or that work and decide what you do and what you don’t do, as a creative person this scope is so broad and as much as it is good to have a focus, I do not want to be bound by any title or genre. And I know I am not alone in feeling like this, for anyone else that is very creative and has many ideas and directions all at the same time, it is sometimes a struggle to ‘manage’ it all and find the ‘right’ direction. So as I said before, I try to go with it and embrace what is working, and what I most enjoy doing at that moment in time, and this usually helps to produce the best work, if it feels right, and isn’t forced. So for me, right now, I am painting, a lot. And drawing. I draw before I paint which is part of my process. As well as trying to create lots of new colourful, sunshine-filled watercolours, I have also been busy with a few private commissions for individuals, all very special and unique in themselves. And then there is all the background stuff, seeing to my online shop, trying to create a new website (my on-going saga) , and constantly trying to make my studio a bit more organised and less messy…. but then I start drawing/ painting and it all gets a bit crazy again! There is probably lots more that I can’t think of right now… but that is my brief work update for now!  – oh and stay tuned on the new website… I *hope*

-Holly
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UGG : Live illustrations

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As I mentioned in my previous post, a few weeks ago now, I had the pleasure of doing some live illustrating at an UGG event. I haven’t done live illustrating at an event like this before, so I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to do so, and even more pleased that it went so well and lots of people left very happy with a little illustration in hand! It was basically a fairly swanky private event for various staff members, and I was there to do a very quick illustration of anyone that wanted one of themselves. Given that they all work in fashion, it made my job very easy as the majority of people got really into it and were great at pulling, and holding, poses for me! Unfortunately I don’t have great photos of the illustrations I did of people as 1. it was non stop and people were soon lining up to have there illustration done, so there was no time to take photos in between! and 2. It was like a bar/ club scene so the light was not great for photo taking – on my phone anyway! So in this post I have included a few warm up sketches I did prior to the event and at the event whilst waiting for people to arrive. So you can get an idea of what a live/quick illustration of mine looks like. As well as the few photos that did turn out ok from the night.
Thanks again for having me UGG!
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Ugg sketch - H.Sharpe

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 I also used this as a good excuse to buy some new materials to work with! So I got a whole bunch of pro -markers and some lovely ‘brush pens’ which are probably the closest thing to creating a painted feel without the mess of water and brushes etc which is much more convenient when doing something like this. And they have two ends one is more like a brush tip and the other is thiner for finer lines. I actually got a couple different brands…not sure which I prefer yet. And the range of colours available is amazing, might work up to eventually having them all! 

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Quick update.

Hello everyone!

If you are reading this – thank you!

Sorry I haven’t posted anything since July…. eeek. I was getting quite good at posting quite regularly, but then the summer swallowed me up and I was caught up in a crazy wave of activity, some of which I mentioned in a previous post. So after that crazy busy time, I carried on with an art fair in Chelsea, London, and then for most of August I was in Edinburgh during the international festival where I had a stall, more like a pop up shop, for 23 days in a row. It was intense, and all consuming, but I really loved it, and it went so well. It was amazing to be in a position where people from all around the world could see my work, the city really does come alive during that time!

Anyway, I just wanted to say a quick hello before I hit you with a slightly more wordy post I have drafted!

In the meantime here are a few pics from my stand at the Edinburgh festival, and a huge thank you to everyone that came, and everyone that bought some of my work, thank you.

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