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.

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Day 14 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 14: Swimming Thoughts

Woohoo, I made it 14 days already!

My illustration today is inspired by a quote I came across last week. It reminded me that whenever I doubt myself, or my work, or what I am doing, the best thing I can do, is to just do it, whatever that thing is. I think this can definitely be applied to anyone doing anything creative, but probably a lot of other things in life as well. When you have any doubts, or self doubt, stop thinking and planning and analysing it, and instead just START.

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

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Day 10 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 10: Toxic Thoughts.

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

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“Learn to forgive others so that you can release yourself from being held captive by the very negative thoughts around you.” 
– Stephen RichardsToxic Thoughts 1 HOLLY SHARPE 72DPI

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..

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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 >>>
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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

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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 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.

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“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.

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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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Fashion Diaries. day 5.

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Another one from the amazing ANNA SUI 2015 fall ready-to-wear collection. See my first one in the previous post here. Created with pencil, pen and brush pens, oh a a little bit of coloured pencils!
Read the intro to my Fashion Diaries here.
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