Monthly Archives: November 2016

New Studio Tour

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As you may know already, I moved to Nottingham from London quite unexpectedly in late February this year. After being informed that our rent in Lee was going up, Aneurin and I decided that we would like to be able to save money and Nottingham was the best place we could live in. I especially was a little sad due to having to leave my family (including cats!) and best friends behind but I was also excited for a new chapter as well as curious what it was like living in another city because I’d lived in London for 15 years.

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My Daily Art In October

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If you were following along, you will know that I tried to be a ‘wild sketch-er‘ (e.g. 4th picture above) using pro markers I very rarely use and fine liners, without overthinking and using pencil as a guide. Naturally I went for abstract and doodle style. I had so much fun! I am still uncomfortable doing this kind of thing but I know that it is important to grow as an artist by challenging myself constantly. That’s funny, doing something I feel uncomfortable with always turned out to be a fun thing to do.

I did another countryside painting but I wish I did more. My creativity is not particularly great in October, I was away a lot and was quite poorly most of the time. Really, I should have just found time to sketch something quick! That is something I need to work on at the moment.

I also did my InkTober project during October, drawing mini portraits of inspiring women every day. In case you didn’t know, I have blogged about them in details – Day 1 – 10 | Day 11 -20 | Day 21 – 31.

My Inktober Project | Day 21 – 31

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I did it! This project has become something I am really proud of. I was struggling at the beginning due to lack of likeness in these portraits and choosing women that could be controversial, but I overcame my worries by accepting that the meaning is more important than how technically good these drawings are and that controversial women can still be inspiring. Excuse the cliche but nobody is perfect!

I am also grateful to have such a warm reception towards this little project, and after someone suggesting that I should turn these mini portraits into a small coffee table book I am seriously considering it but since it might be costly I might do a zine style instead to keep the cost down. Let me know in the comments if that is something you are interested in! Thank you.

See the rest of my InkTober illustrations here.

My InkTober Project | Day 11 – 20

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inktober-inspiring-women-katrina-sophia-harriet-tubmanHere are a few InkTober project I enjoyed following –

Crystal Moody’s skull drawings.
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Lily Anja‘s playful illustrations.
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Lindsay Stripling‘s intriguing paintings.
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