Inktober 2017: Week 1


Day 1 and still my favourite!






This year I’m just taking it easy. I’m not putting pressure on myself or spending a long time on each drawing. I’m not necessarily 100% happy with any of them, but it’s quite freeing not stressing about it!

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Some Current Favourites

When I draw with promarkers it always looks like it was drawn by someone else… Anyway! I haven’t done a “Favourites” post in a while, and in an attempt to make it a little more interesting I drew them in my sketchbook! It was pretty fun sketching everything out really simply so everything fit on one page of my little sketchbook.

Harry and I visited London last month and found Boxpark in Shoreditch; a block of buildings with small shops, cafes and restaurants. We originally went because Harry has been desperate to try Voodoo Ray’s for years, but also found that the shops there are AMAZING! I had drooled over Papersmiths website on many an occasion, so when I walked past it I did a double take, squeaked and proceeded to float around the shop as if I was dreaming. I came out with some Koh-I-Noor pencils and an orange tote bag with “Rock Paper Scissors” printed on the front. I’ve been using it non stop as my everyday bag, and my sketchbook fits perfectly in the front pocket. Yes!

Now that Harry can drive we’ve been taking silly trips to places like Ikea purely because we weren’t able to before. My mission for the past few months has been to buy a Monstera Deliciosa (clearly so I can live out my Instagram apartment dreams HA), and when I found out that Ikea sell them, we were straight in the car and on our way! We spent an embarrassing amount of money, as you always seem to end up doing in Ikea, but came out with the important stuff – The monstera, and those chocolate layered crisp cookies that I HAVE to buy every time I’m there.

I’ve had an Apple Watch for a little while now, and its managing to get me off my bum and go running a couple of times a week! I’m still finding it weird and a bit clunky looking on my little wrist, but its definitely making me more active.

Finally, my new baby, the Fujifilm X-T2. My previous post went in to more detail about it so I won’t go in to it too much here, but I am seriously in love with it. I had been Saving up for a new camera for over a year now, and it felt super weird finally using that money to buy it, but its so good to finally have a camera that I can say I am 100% happy with and can see myself using for years and years to come!

Thats it for my current favourites! As soon as I notice I’m lovin’ on a handful of things I’ll be sure to do another one. Do you have/ have you tried any of these? What are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments! ♥

P.S: I have an Instagram account that features just my sketchbook pages, processes and finished pieces; check it out here – My other Instagram is going to be a bit more photo-based, with the occasionally photographed finished illustration piece dotted around.

Inside My Sketchbook: 7

I started a new sketchbook. The Leuchtturm one I was using had been bugging me since I started it, so instead of beating myself up for not using it, and in turn hardly sketching at all – I opened one that had been waiting in the wings for a while now. Surprise surprise, I really like it! It’s the Magma Art & Illustration Sketchbook in a not-quite-A4 size (18.4 x 24cm). Promarkers don’t go through as much, or pill up as the leuchtturm one did, and its a good size to carry around in my bag without taking up too much room. I haven’t used it with watercolour, and probably won’t because its just not the right paper, but I’m really happy with it so far. It also has lots of interesting information in the back that I have actually read and go back to! I usually end up ignoring stuff like that, but some of it is pretty useful.




I’m getting pretty in to sketching nature and animals at the moment. It makes a nice change from my usual portraits/people theme I think. It’s also making me want to sit outside and draw down local footpaths, woods and beaches. All I have to do is overcome my fear of drawing in public (!!!)

Inside My Sketchbook: 6

Drawing is a struggle for me, it has been, probably, for the last few years. I couldn’t think for the life of me why, as drawing and painting has always been one of the biggest parts of who I am. Then I watched a recent video from MAIS2, and saw one of those usually annoying “meaningful quotes” (barf) that stuck with me and all of a sudden it made sense!

I think A) I’m scared and therefore procrastinating and B) I’m just not enjoying the process anymore.


By scared, I mean as soon as I pick up a pencil I automatically tell myself that whatever I create is going to be terrible and not up to the standard of my favourite illustrators. So whats the point?? The only people who tell me they like my drawings are my family and close friends; does that mean they are just saying it to be nice? I never sell anything on my Etsy shop; should I just give up? – I’m trying to silence this damaging voice, but sometimes its overwhelming, so my fear turns in to procrastination. I end up cleaning the kitchen or doing something that really can wait, instead of getting my head down and practising.


Even though I have spent the last few years experimenting with style and different mediums, I just don’t enjoy the process anymore. It took a long time for me to discover that was what was wrong with me, and its difficult to accept, but its true. Now that I know thats what it is, I can at least get to the bottom of why and try to fix it (right??). It might have a lot to do with the fact that I put too much pressure on myself (CONSTANTLY) – this is probably mostly caused by social media, specifically Instagram. I start to question if I am skilled enough while surrounded by all of these talented people all over the world at my fingertips, who have made something of themselves, and quickly decide I’m not.

So, what I’m trying to say is – my aim is to find out how I can quash these fears and just get on with it and create without beating myself up. I can only improve with practise, and the more I create the more creative my processes and themes will become. So perhaps, hopefully, you will be seeing more “sketchbook” posts with updates on how I’m feeling about creating. Does anyone else struggle with these sorts of feelings when it comes to creativity? How do you carry on and stop yourself from freezing up?

(these sketches are from the past couple of months, some are digital and some are pencil/pen/marker on paper)

Free iPhone & iPad Wallpapers: The Breakfast Edition

A breakfast themed iPhone and iPad background for all you fellow breakfast lovers out there. Click on the links below to download for free!
I Had so much fun using my Promarkers & Procreate on my iPad to make this; hope you like them!

Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

Vegan Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

If you like these, please feel free to let me know – I will get to it and make more repeat patterns to share with you! Perhaps a desktop background next time? Or free printables?

Inside My Sketchbook: 5

I’m not feeling very inspired to draw at the moment, but I’m trying to push through that and just draw whatever, even if I think its super boring/predictable!

I’m also not getting on with this Leuchtturm sketchbook. It doesn’t like watercolour at all (!!!) and I’m finding it very limiting, and not in a bring-out-your-creativity sort of way. What do you do when you don’t get on with a sketchbook? Do you try to finish it because its a waste not to, or do you just start a new one?

Is anyone thinking about doing ‘May We Draw Daily’ this year? I might just go for it and see what happens!

Etsy Shop Update/Reopening

My Etsy shop has been receiving a little bit of an overhaul these past few months and I’ve finally uploaded some listings to it! I guess you could call it a miniature reopening. In the process of doing this I’ve also been drawing a lot more, and trying to hunt down, catch and keep my style. I feel like it differs day to day depending on what I’ve seen/read/heard – I guess I’m easily influenced creatively. I do feel like I’m getting there though and I’m expanding my “themes” more as I go to see how far I can stretch. It will be interesting to see how I progress over 2017!

These listings are a mixture of new and older pieces that I’m still happy with, and more will trickle in as I create…


Moon Keeper A3 print – £15 plus shipping. Finished painting this a couple of weeks ago.


Cat Friend A4 print – £5 plus shipping


Imagined Flowers blank greetings card – £2 plus shipping


Honeybee original mini gouache painting in vintage frame – £35 plus shipping

I’ll try to always have a few things to list at a time, so I will do shop updates on here as regularly as I can get things printed.

What would you like to see in my Etsy shop? More “useful” things like notebooks and other stationary? More mini originals? Pins? Let me know!