Day 29 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 29: Black Coffee

The best way to start a Monday… and every other day!

Black Coffee Holly Sharpe 72dpi

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Day 28 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 28: Flowers from a friend

Inky roses Holly Sharpe 72dpi

Created with pencil, pen, and watercolour

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Day 27 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 27: Green space

Today I wanted to draw one of my many house plants. This is one of my more recent additions to my ever growing indoor green space, and is definitely one of my favourites. It is also in a little pot that I painted. I realised that all my illustrations so far have had colour in them, and although in most of them I have used pencil to create them, it has usually been combined with watercolour or ink. So, I wanted to leave this one as as pencil drawing, no colour.

Green Space Holly Sharpe 72dpi

Illustration created with pencil.

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Day 25 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 25: Swim

I feel really grateful that my parents got me and my siblings all swimming lessons when we were kids. Since neither of my parents are great swimmers, it was a big priority for them to make sure we could all swim. At the time, I am sure there were times when I would rather be doing something else, but now I am so glad we didn’t. It is like riding a bike, once you have been taught to swim properly, and then practiced it A LOT, you never really lose it. What you do lose is stamina… I don’t swim as much as I would like to now, but when I do I love it so much. I realised recently that I actually find it very meditative as I am usually focusing on counting breaths, lanes, strokes, so much so that I feel like the whole time I don’t think I am actually thinking about anything else! There is something so tranquil about gliding through water, feeling fresh, energised, and like you are physically, and possibly mentally, lighter.

“We lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there too” – Kristin Martz

Swim option 1 Holly Sharpe 72dpi

‘Swim’ illustration created with pencil and watercolour.

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Day 21 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 21: Rejuvenate

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!

Face Mask Holly Sharpe 72dpi

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Day 20 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 20: Aerial

I decided to do another illustration on my new and exciting aerial/ trapeze class! (You can see my first one on day 1 here) I have now been going every week for over a month. In each class we do a combination of trapeze, silks, and rope. I am still nowhere near the pose illustrated, but have been doing things that frankly, I never thought I would or could. It has become increasingly more difficult each week, but also pretty exhilarating, and really does make me want to increase my strength (because you seriously need a LOT of it for this!) and flexibility so that I will hopefully start to improve. It is for sure a new found love, and I would encourage anyone to challenge yourself in starting something new, whatever that may mean for you.

Aerial 2 Holly Sharpe 72dpi

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Day 19 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 19: Wish you were here.

“That’s it. Love makes us all strong.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

Wish you were here Holly Sharpe 72dpi

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.” – Mother Teresa

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Day 18 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

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!

 

Studio Ivy by Holly Sharpe 72dpi

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Day 16 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

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

Keep Going illustration Holly Sharpe 72dpi

 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius

 

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Day 11 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

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.”

Black Lungs HOLLY SHARPE 7dpi

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