Monday, March 30, 2015

Elemental

Having a bit of a love fest with the symmetry of the last couple of assignments with Skillshare. Pattern and colour combined with balance is very soothing.
This was inspired from a Brooke Taylor song I have been listening to lately "Thunder". A line in the song goes "We speak storms, we're all electric...thunder thunder...first the light, then the sound..." 

I have entitled this "Elemental"



New Skills with Skillshare - One Red Fox

Sometimes you just need to break out and try some new stuff. To that end I have joined Skillshare
The first assignment I joined up for was with the cool guys from DKNG Studios, create a geometric animal. Of course it had to be a fox!
So here it is, showing the initial sketch and finished illustration.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Illustration Friday - Bee Strong!


This is a little character that's been around my drawing board for a while now, BeBe! Thought he went well with the prompt for Illustration Friday this week. I haven't participated for a little while...actually it's been a loooong time so nice to be doing something here again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hunny Bunny

Hey there Hunny Bunny! This little guy looks a little bit cheeky don't you think? I wonder who he is ogling...I think a matching girl bunny needs to be made!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Artist Self Doubt


I don't know if it's just me, but as an artist, when I can't create the feeling that it's never going to happen ever again grips me and the idea that I was just a big fraud all along dogs my thoughts.

So I 'throw' (figuratively) my pencils across the room, flump on the couch and sulk (not so figuratively), threaten to run away and never come back, then go and dance to some cool latin grooves at the local farmers market, hang out with friends and my awesome kidlets, drink coffee till I'm sick, have a good nights sleep and then thank God when I wake up at stupid o'clock with inspiration and my hand and heart are talking again and out it comes....the life of an artist...wild ride I tell you!

So initial sketch for, hopefully, final finished portfolio piece. Time to try and get myself an agent...crossing fingers and toes!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wake Up

Watching the sunrise this morning while on my morning walk the colours in the sky were amazing I think that's where I got the inspiration for this quick drawing this morning. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sweet Poison...the facts







Photo Credit Gary Gray


This article really explains the addictive nature of sugar and how it literally changes your brain chemistry!

Sweet Poison



Quite often words and music inspire the illustrations I do. It might be just a throwaway line or a single word, in this case 'Candy'. Candy is more of an American phrase, we in Australia call sweets, particularly hard candy, lollies.

As a diabetic these are a definite no no for me but it always amazes and concerns me how much hidden sugar is contained in 'regular' food. More so how much is directed at children especially now we are more aware of the toxic inflammatory effects of sugar on our bodies and the addictive nature of its response on our brains.

The epidemic of diet related poor health and weight issues, of which I'm a victim, is tragic and so unnecessary. But if you even take a passing glance at the food labels it's pretty clear why!

Since becoming a Paleo eater I can't testify to the difference living clean living makes to mind body and spirit. I have been able to loose weight, my blood sugar levels have normalised to the point I no longer need medication and my brain clarity and moods have improved beyond anything I could have believed. It's that old thing, you don't know how bad it was until you feel so much better!

Monday, March 2, 2015

The other side of the rainbow

Photo credit Sparkle of Lilac

I don’t know why, but sometimes achieving a dream really sucks. Sometimes what you were trying to achieve turns out not to really be what you wanted at all. 

Over the past few years I have had a few goals like getting my Degree and following a career in Graphic Design, all of which I have achieved. Great, awesome, all done. But it’s been a tad disappointing to tell the truth. So am I just whingeing and ungrateful? Maybe…

My job has kind of stalled, there is no real advancement possible and opportunities where I live are limited. A lot of what I do at work is creatively restrictive and tends to revolve around adverts, annual reports and document design, cue large yawn. I have seriously nearly face planted my desk on a number of occasions as brain fog descends and sleep envelops while choosing the perfect location for a door mat!

My job gives me just enough to make it impossible to let it go without financial worry but the downside is creative soul atrophy. Sometimes I think working in a totally different field would at least leave my creative head space alone.

What to do? I have a few ideas.

One, I'm planning a trip to Kathmandu.

I am going to totally step out of every single comfort zone I have and challenge myself to do something radical and different. It’s not related to creating anything just widening my horizons and blasting away at complacency.

Secondly, I’m creating new material for my portfolio, and blog. Things I'm interested in and that I enjoy.
Thirdly, I’m going to get an agent.

I think this one is about really starting to take what I do seriously. It’s not a hobby, it’s not an option. What I do is as necessary to me as eating, and eating is something I do quite regularly, not every so often!


Is this all just dream chasing yet again? Maybe, but then maybe that’s what it’s all about, the chase!