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:
Sundays are a good day to slow down and recuperate. That means something different to me from day to day, week to week. Sometimes it is seeing friends that rejuvenates me, or maybe it’s a long bath, or reading a book, watching a film etc. And sometimes I like to pamper myself with a little Lush face mask! This one is super fresh and minty and acts like an exfoliating face scrub when you wash it off.
I hope you have had a relaxing Sunday and make time to catch up with yourself and what you need before the start of another week!
I really do not know where I would be without music, and I don’t know how I would create anything either. Sometimes my favourite thing to do, is go for a walk with really loud music in my ears. It usually gets me back in the zone and feeling inspired!
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo
“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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
Created using one of my favourite things – quink ink, which I illustrated in my last post here.
I am torn between the two versions… I think the first one perhaps relates to the idea (Toxic thoughts) better, but the second one maybe is stronger by it’s simplicity… If I didn’t have to post this today I’m sure I would come to a decision, but I’m sticking to my daily target, so decided, reluctantly, to post them both..
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 >>>
Read more about my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge HERE.
Woohoo, I’ve made it 7 days already! Hope you are enjoying my daily illustrations.
This is basically what my hair looks like most days, and along with a good ‘comfy’ jumper, as illustrated. I do often think I’d like to one of those people who have perfect hair every day, where they actually have a style of some sort. But then I remember maybe I don’t quite care enough to do that every day, and anyway I have been told I suit my hair ‘messy’… which I’m still not sure is a compliment! What I am looking for is an easy way to have nice hair, that suits me. Often when I wear it down and straightened I just don’t think does much for me. Queue: My new heated rollers! Hello curly, bouncy, natural looking hair. Thanks Babyliss.
“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.”
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
“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.