Day 28: Flowers from a friend
Created with pencil, pen, and watercolour
You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge here.
Day 26: Swim II
I talked about my love of swimming and being in water in my last post here. So I felt inspired to create another underwater themed illustration. Sadly I am not usually swimming with tropical fish, but I have been lucky enough to go snorkelling and scuba diving a couple of times years ago and wanted to try and capture the beauty and vivid colours in these phenomenal creatures. Still hoping I’ll get to swim in the Great Barrier Reef one day!
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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’ illustration created with pencil and watercolour.
Day 24: Black lines.
I have worn liquid eyeliner for years now, and regular pencil eyeliner for even longer. A lot of my girl illustrations wear it too! So today I thought I would indulge in drawing some lovely eyes with different liquid eye liner styles…. Illustration created with pencil, pen and watercolour.
Day 23: Studio tools
It’s day 23 and I decided to illustrate more of the tools I use in my studio! On day 9 I illustrated another of my favourite mediums which you can see here.
I created this illustration with pencil and watercolour.
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!
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.
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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