What do you want to be when you grow up?

I, honestly, want to be an illustrator. I would love to draw for a living; artwork for childrens books, designs for magazines, anything to be able to sit down at my work space and draw to put food on the table and money in the bank.

There’s just one problem…

I don’t draw.

I am probably the most useless self-proclaimed illustrator there is. I get in my own way all the time, I criticise myself too much, I want everything I do to be as perfect as the people I admire today. As you may have seen in one of my most recent posts I am moving out of my family home soon, and I’m planning my work space with a twinkle in my eye, thinking of all the possibilities to motivate myself. Now, other than pretty paints, pens and notebooks, I am following some bad-ass illustrators on Instagram who have kept my small, inspired flame alight. I want to dedicate this post to some top class artists that keep me going, make me laugh daily and inspire me to achieve my dreams.

 

Gemma Correll

Gemma is a British babe living it up in the US with her gorgeous and art-inspiring pug. I love Gemma for her love of stripes, her honesty and her style. I own so much of her stuff it’s a joke, and her calendars are my favourite. She came to Loughborough for a book signing at Ohh Deer on 11th Feb and I was too ill to go, I genuinely think I’ll be regretting it for the rest of my life!!! CURSE YOU VIRAL FLU I WILL DRAW ABOUT YOU UNTIL YOU DROWN IN IRONY!

 

Mari Andrew

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I discovered Mari on the Instagram explore page. I think she was partaking in a ‘Draw Everyday’ challenge and I fell in love with her vulnerability, her thoughts and how honest she was in documenting what happened in her every day life. If she was upset, she would draw about it, if she suffered heartbreak, she would communicate to her followers through her designs, and it began to feel like I really knew her! I genuinely look forward to seeing what she produced daily, and I think her 350,000 IG followers feel the same! Without sounding cliché, she’s incredibly relatable. Mari manages to make even the most mundane scenarios entertaining, which is one of my favourite approaches to art.

 

Emma Block

Emma Block does things with watercolours I could only dream of doing. She’s a freelance illustrator in London and she is the epitome of cute, quirky and creative. I love her fashion as well as her artistic style, and I’ve always dreamed of going to one of her workshops! Whenever I think of Emma, I think of vintage cars, springtime flowers and stripes. She seems like an absolute babe and her precision is jaw-dropping.

Side note: I’ve just noticed illustrators like stripes(!?)

 

Chloe Hall

Some of my most recent patterns 🌷 which ones your favourite?

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There is no way in hell I could write a post about inspiring illustrators and not include Chloe.
Chloe is a really sweet, down to earth girl who I met through my boyfriend. The first two things he told me about her were 1. “She lives on a boat!” and 2.” She likes drawing, you’ll like her”. He was not wrong! Chloe finds her inspiration in nature, primarily in plants and greenery, and her colour palettes are combos you’d dream about. I’m a little obsessed with green & pink and I think that’s because of her… You’ll find Chloe’s work on Etsy and Casetify!

 

Molly Mathews

Sorry trumpy-bum but you make this too easy 👹

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I couldn’t find an active illustration account for Mol, but tbh I’d follow her personal one cos she is style goals, and her hair is icy dreams. Molly is an illustration student from Leicester, currently studying at Loughborough University. She designs super cool pins and has even had the likes of Jamie T wearing her stuff! Mol’s designs are inspired by pop-culture and she nails satirical work that echoes society in a light hearted and playful manner. Her A-Z of celebrity scandals is probably my favourite thing that has ever graced the internet. I genuinely think this girl is destined for great things. Find her website here 🙂

 

 

 

 

Here’s blog 2349i32490 about New Years Resolutions, but they’ve got to be done!

I find I always make new resolutions, but because they’re not measurable, I never know whether I have achieved what I originally set out to.
So here’s me trying out some smart resolutions, hopefully in a years time I can go back and reflect on what I have stuck to!

#1 Create a healthier lifestyle for myself

I could have called this ‘lose weight’, but I think what a lot of people miss is the reasons behind losing weight. It might be that you want to fit into that dress you looked incredible in on your birthday, or you want all eyes on you when you’re on the beach in summer. But what it all boils down to is having more self-esteem. I started with a personal trainer at the back end of 2016, when I started I was on Slimming World, desperately waiting for my weigh-in day to be a positive one. My mindset changed from wanting to lose lbs to becoming stronger and healthier. I am so much happier eating things that I know are good for me, rather than things SW tell me are too many syns. I LOVE YOU AVOCADO.

#2 Stop worrying about my blog content so much

I have definitely worried too much about what I post here, whether people will like it, whether it fits in with the “blogging culture” and honestly I feel like a poo head for even feeling that way, it’s not all about ‘whats in my bag’, ‘shopping haul’ and ‘what I got for Christmas’ posts. I love reading posts like that, but they’re not me. Unless the shopping haul is stationary. I could do a million of those! I will post at least once a week, anything more is a bonus!

#3 Learn to say no

This isn’t really to do with blogging, because no one asks me to do anything (lol) but in terms of my social life I need to take a break. I hate letting people down and I burn myself out keeping plans with everyone which doesn’t leave me any time for myself. MY FAMILY NEED TIFF TIME TOO. I will dedicate 2 evenings a week to seeing my parents, and as me and my love are moving out this year I will dedicate at least 1 evening to us just being creative together. He’s so lucky.

#4 Draw anything and everything

Just like blogging, I overthink what I create. It has really dampened my creativity and I hate that. The other day I wanted to draw a seal with sweetcorn for teeth, my friend told me a story and it’s all I could imagine, and I never created it because I thought it was stupid. Why? I don’t know, ask my brain. I received the most incredible book for Christmas, and I am going to draw every day to keep my juices flowing. Yesterday I drew 2 dragonflies, I don’t think I’ve ever drew dragonflies in my life!

#5 Continue to do the things I love

This year, I started two projects which I am really excited about continuing. I started volunteering at the Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre, also known as the World Peace Cafe in Leicester. I’m helping them to update their website and increase their social media presence, it’s been so fun to throw ideas into the mix that I don’t have to worry about being great, as I’m not being paid to have them! It’s helping me increase my confidence in my ideas, and I’ll be starting meditation classes in the new year!

The second project I have started is Le Doodle Crew, a place for creatives on Twitter to share their ideas and creations, and can also ask for advice if they’re suffering from a creative block. Right now it’s just a page that retweets artist’s work, but I am so excited to implement my plan. I just hope followers will be engaged!

 

Anywho, they’re my resolutions. 24th year the charm eh? I wonder where I will be this time next year, hopefully not moping about doing jack shit all year…

MIND2

When you’re feeling inspired by your needs? Yep, my needs were flowers and fries!

I love drawing, so much so that I tend to criticise everything I create. I hope this is a comment trait for all artists, because it stops me from doing what I love because I set such high expectations for myself. The proof is in the pudding. I’ve had this ‘CREATE’ section on my website since I started my blog in early June, and this is the first post, in September.

How do you overcome self-loathing when it comes to your work? I feel like I need to recondition my mind.