I was going to do a thoughts post today for a quote, but I want to document my thoughts about illustration instead. I already think about illustration and drawing a lot. But lately I’ve been thinking about it even more. My ‘Save for Later’ collection on Amazon is growing more and more. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been going crazy and buying various creative tools (watch this space for a post all about that). This is to expand what I do and make it look better. At the moment, I’m limited with the colours I can create. Now that I’ve decided to buy decent watercolours, I can break past this barrier and create a much wider range of colours. I was watching a video of one of my favourite illustrators, Frannerd, where she shows the process of her drawing things. I just thought to myself – being inspired by something is good, but how about using that and acting on it. If I love the brush she uses for her outlines, why am I just thinking it, but not buying it, so that I can be happier with my drawings?! Ridiculous, I know. Well, that ends…now. If I want my drawings to make people think, they have to look appealing first. I know it takes years to perfect your unique style and everyones is always changing. I will be documenting this process here on my blog, and I will be sharing what I’ve bought and how I plan to use it. Hope you creative ones out there enjoy it!
Treat yourself kindly. It’s taken me about five years to understand the difference between being extremely motivated and pressurising myself in a negative way. Yes, you do need to work incredibly hard to make it in this industry, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your mental and physical well-being because nothing is worth that. Also – STOP comparing yourself to others. Easier said than done but it’s a very toxic activity for an artist. Try to remain focussed on your own goals, and work on these consistently, whilst making sure you’re having lots of fun in the process. – Holly Exley