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

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A little corner of my world

studio corner

Above is a recent photo of one little corner of my studio, and of course my world (!) when I stayed late to keep painting. – see more pics on my Instagram.

I just wanted to post a quick update on what I have been doing recently as I feel like, once again, time is somewhat escaping me and I haven’t been able to keep up to date with everything that I wanted to (what’s new). But I think it is important to keep swimming, and flow with it, rather than resist what is trying to happen to you and instead embrace what is coming your way. Not always so easy to do, especially when we get caught up and fixated on something that we are so desperate to make happen.

Storm - H.Sharpe Close up of ‘Storm’

The main focus I have been working on for most of this year, is creating new watercolour paintings for Breeze gallery here in Scotland (see above image). I feel really lucky to have a very supportive outlet to create new originals for. They really believe in me and my work, and of course that is always encouraging. So in some ways it feels like my illustration work is taking a slight side step, but then I like to think that it isn’t always necessary to define this work or that work and decide what you do and what you don’t do, as a creative person this scope is so broad and as much as it is good to have a focus, I do not want to be bound by any title or genre. And I know I am not alone in feeling like this, for anyone else that is very creative and has many ideas and directions all at the same time, it is sometimes a struggle to ‘manage’ it all and find the ‘right’ direction. So as I said before, I try to go with it and embrace what is working, and what I most enjoy doing at that moment in time, and this usually helps to produce the best work, if it feels right, and isn’t forced. So for me, right now, I am painting, a lot. And drawing. I draw before I paint which is part of my process. As well as trying to create lots of new colourful, sunshine-filled watercolours, I have also been busy with a few private commissions for individuals, all very special and unique in themselves. And then there is all the background stuff, seeing to my online shop, trying to create a new website (my on-going saga) , and constantly trying to make my studio a bit more organised and less messy…. but then I start drawing/ painting and it all gets a bit crazy again! There is probably lots more that I can’t think of right now… but that is my brief work update for now!  – oh and stay tuned on the new website… I *hope*

-Holly
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