Procrastination to motivation… and lotsa pink

Hello! So I have finally finished studying, and rather than feeling elation, as I thought I would, I felt even more stressed. It’s taken me a couple of weeks to calm down from it. I’ve also realised that procrastination is both a gift and a curse: curse obviously because you get done just about everything but what you’re meant to, and gift because it is so motivating.

It’s difficult to get myself motivated, but I am really good at watching tv. And last week I binged the 2 series’ of GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) on Netflix. Really enjoyed it, and I especially loved their costumes, make-up, the lighting (talk about an aesthetic!), and how much fun they seemed to have playing their parts. After some warm-up doodles yesterday, I thought why not give it a go and try and draw someone from GLOW.

I found this picture as a reference:


See what I mean!?

This was my starting sketch, focusing on the main character on the right, Debbie Eagan.

glow sketch2

I had to enhance it a bit as the light was dodgy.

Then I spent today colouring it in. I don’t know why but I felt a lot of doubt about using coloured pencils in case I ruined it, but it turned out to be a great decision (in my opinion). And I really enjoyed using them too. I feel much more peaceful than I did earlier today.



Proportion is still a bit off compared to the picture but hopefully I’m improving. I loved loved LOVED using colour like this! I feel daunted by pictures with simpler lighting and colouring because I struggle with putting too much or too little colour on the page. I felt this image gave me permission to let loose a bit. I think I could have gone even darker in some places, what do you think? And yeah I was a bit lazy with her hair.

One pleased pumpkin over here. Thanks for stopping by, for reading and letting me share my work with you. Feel free to say hi in the comments!


MerMay… sorta

So after my last blog post I was raring to go and decided to try my hand at Mermay 2018.

There were so many utterly amazing Mermay pictures on Twitter and it was difficult not to judge myself by the standard these amazing artists were setting. You have to run your own race!

Well, I was pleased with what I produced for the first 3 days… then fatigue set in by the 4th! I was shattered by the end of the week. I do suffer with fatigue anyway (because of rheumatoid arthritis) but I didn’t realise how much these little A6 drawings would take out of me after being at work all day.

It was nice to draw mermaids though; they were all I drew when I was little and it was good to try and be a little bit more creative with their general appearance, colours, shape, pose and background. I also tried to vary the materials I used: I mainly used watercolours and pens, but for day 2 I went a bit mad and got the oil pastels out which resulted in something very bright and unexpected!

I finished my MerMay today with a copy of a picture of Ariel from The Little Mermaid (using this beautiful reference) because I was tired and lazy but wanted one last go! (Note to self – use a bigger sketchpad! I really am terrible for not drawing to fit the page haha) Her arms and her face are a bit off… and I got bit carried away with the colour/shading… but I pushed past the fatigue and feeling sick to attempt it, so I’m happy 🙂

Mermay 2018: that’s a wrap!

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Desperate to paint

I’ve been away from art for so long that now I’ve rediscovered my love for it, I can’t ignore it anymore! Which is tricky as I’ve got 2 months left on a course I’m doing and I should be writing essays *cries*.

It’s quite a sciencey course and it’s interesting how it has propelled me in completely the opposite direction towards art and music. And as much as I thought I wanted to do this course, now I can’t wait to finish it.

I keep telling myself that I can immerse myself in arty stuff once I finish the course, but I can’t put myself on hold like I used to, I can’t stand it. I get worried that if I don’t let myself make art now that when I am able to I won’t want to or won’t be able to.


#shouldbestudying #lovethesepaints #dodgyscan

So I doodled a bit… with some paints ❤

And er… yes I should be studying right now. I should probably go do that…

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