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 >>>
Heated Rollers 72dpi - HOLLY SHARPE
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Until tomorrow,
Holly
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Day 7 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 7: Messy hair days.

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.

Messy hair -Holly Sharpe 72dpi

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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

Dancing 2 -Holly Sharpe 72dpi

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.Dancing 1 Holly Sharpe 72dpi

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

 

Studio Orchid final -Holly Sharpe 72dpi with web

Illustration created with Parker ink, watercolour, pencil, and composed in Photoshop.

You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge HERE. 

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Would love to hear if you are setting yourself any daily challenges?
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Day 3 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

“These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.”

―Anton Chekhov, “A Day in the Country”

 

Day 3: Grown your own.

Today’s daily drawing is… tomatoes! Haha, random. Being a big plant lover, that currently lacks an actual garden, I have slowly built up a substantial collection of house plants and thrive on keeping them alive… some better than others I should add. And I have talked about wanting to grow my own vegetables for a while now, but my current situation doesn’t exactly lend itself well to that…. I don’t have a garden and I live in a top floor flat…and in Scotland, which doesn’t bode well for any fruit or vegetable that needs a lot of sunshine.

Grown your own -Holly Sharpe - 72dpi

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

So earlier this year I went ahead and decided to start with a couple of things anyway. Queue – my tomato plant! The one in question grows big tomatoes. It has taken months to grow. It is in my living room, in a sunny spot right by the window. In Scotland. And guess what, it worked! It grew tomatoes and, eventually, they turned red from green! I was seriously excited when I got to eat my first one. AND, it was WAY tastier than anything hanging about the supermarket. Growing plants and watching them grow is, for me anyway, satisfying in a very humble way that helps instil some sort of gratification and makes it slightly easier sometimes to put things in perspective and be proud of even the smallest of achievements especially when it feels like others things in your life aren’t quite going how you want them to. Even if you start with something small, I think it is a way to help yourself to slow down sometimes and take time to nurture something.

Dream goals = to be self sufficient and grow loads of fruit and vegetables!

WHY am I drawing tomatoes?? Read more HERE.

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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

– Lao Tzu

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.

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.

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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

When in Paris.

Paris Diaries 02.

Sculpture drawing 2

A somewhat belated follow on post after my last entry (which you can read here) about my time spent in Paris. It is over a month since I have been back and yes, I have mostly lost the feeling and mindset you have when everything is new, when time slows down, and when you take things at a slightly slower pace. However, I think there may be some things that have been instilled within me that maybe I don’t even realise yet, and perhaps it has changed my attitude to some aspects of my daily life, in a positive way. One thing that has been cemented is my daily yoga practice, thanks to Yoga with Adriene.  I started doing it every day before I went to Paris, and then had the time and space to start each day that way, followed by a couple of espressos…! Adriene is seriously amazing, and using her videos has made it much easier to stick to doing it every day as she has such a variety of videos, with quicker ones if you don’t have much time, slower ones, and also for any mood etc.

Anyway, this blog post isn’t supposed to be about yoga (!), and is more about photos than words. I took A LOT of photos with my camera, but here are just a few from my phone. And also a few photos of sketches I did whilst at the Rodin exhibition at the Grand Palais and also at the Rodin museum. I really LOVE drawing from sculptures and would like to have stood there much longer to get some more detailed drawings.

Thanks again for reading and following my blog!!

Holly
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Sculpture drawing 3

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely” –
Auguste Rodin

Rodin photo 3

“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation”
– Auguste Rodin

Sculpture drawing 1

Rodin photo 1