Day 29: Black Coffee
The best way to start a Monday… and every other day!
You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge here.
Day 22: Masculinity
I don’t want to say too much about my ideas behind this illustration, as I hope it will speak for itself. And although a very complicated and intricate topic, I hope it will be interpreted in different ways by different people.
The subject I wanted to explore in this illustration is men in our society, what it means to be a man today, how we (our society) has shaped them, put pressure on them, and in many cases left them behind. Yes, there is a much greater awareness of mental health in general these days, but, when suicide is THE highest cause of death in young men, we have a HUGE problem. Granted, no one has an exact explanation for this, but my theory is quite simple: men, typically, do not talk about their feelings, emotions, and problems, any where near as much as women, if at all. The age old ‘boys don’t cry’ has gotten completely out of hand, and has left in its trail an extremely bitter taste. Then add on top decades of pressure to act a certain way, suppress a load of stuff, and ‘rise to the top’. A toxic concoction which can (sometimes) result in breakdowns, violence, and unhealthy levels of anger and aggression as well as lead to (some) men growing up to be unhappy and frankly, a bit lost.
Two great books, exploring issues of this sort are:
‘How Not To Be a Boy’, by Robert Webb and ‘The Descent of Man’ by Grayson Perry
Both books explore, analyse, and explain, these complex issues better than I could, so instead I did this….
(You can see a bigger version of this illustration here)
You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge and some of my ideas behind it here.
Day 18: Studio Ivy
My illustration today, on day 18 (!!) is inspired by the every growing Ivy in my studio. It is super low maintenance, and yet continues to grow and grow, slowing taking over some shelves and a corner of the studio. If you like this, you might like the one I did on day 4 of my studio Orchid here, which sadly has now perished… hopefully to return next year!
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Day 17: Music
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
Read about my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge here.
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
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius
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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!
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
– Pablo Picasso
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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….
“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
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..
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…!
You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge HERE.