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There are a LOT of people who are hurting and are scared due to recent events and it breaks my heart when I see that devastation on my friend’s faces or hear it in their trembling voices. What’s going on terrifies me and everyone’s collective panic is palpable. It is in these moments that I feel I have to reach out to others who feel the same, just for the sheer relief that we will not be walking this path alone.

While scrolling through my Instagram I came across a post by @pixielighthorse, it was a message of comfort and solidarity, a project where us artists join together and do what we do best. Create and spread a message. Pixie explains it better than I ever could in her blog post here, but the gist is that we create a piece of artwork with this message and share it everywhere we can. We post it to our social media accounts and we can print out our work as posters to display in places where people can see it.

Above you will see my contribution to the #artistsforlove movement. It is available as a free download here so you may spread it too, though I hope you also create your own artwork too!

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no place for despair, no time for self-pity, not need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. This is how civilisations heal.” – Toni Morrison

So I was very grateful to receive money from my family for my birthday this year, with this money and my savings I was able to finally purchase an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil! I’ve wanted to get these since I first saw them released and did some research to see how well it works for creating artwork. After checking out all the information I could find, I came to the conclusion that this would be a cheaper and more versatile option for me over the Wacom Cintiq, a drawing tablet that I’ve been lusting over for as long as I knew about Wacom as a company! I’m now three months into my iPad Pro art journey and I don’t think I will go back to my old graphics tablet to draw ever again! My two favourite art apps are Procreate, an amazing art app that’s incredibly versatile; and AstroPad, an app that turns the iPad into a graphics tablet so you can use it with your computer programs like Adobe Photoshop! Drawing in Procreate is so fluid and feels so natural that it makes Photoshop feel clunky to me! Although it costs about £4.49 to purchase, I have never regretted doing so as this app has helped me so much to develop as an artist and illustrator.

So do you fancy seeing some of the pieces I’ve made with my new tools? You’ve probably already seen them if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, but I’m actually very proud of how these have come out, so I hope you like them!

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Be sure to use the coupon code “MYFAIRPIXELBLOG” to get 15% OFF in my Etsy shop!

I’ve also uploaded the sketching and painting process of “SEER” to my YouTube channel so be sure to watch that too!

I hope you like the work I’m creating now! I feel like I can be more experimental now so I’m having a lot of fun with it!

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Welp, it’s been a while since I set some monthly art goals, wanna know why? Well my last set of goals made me into a complete mess!! I set goals that I just could not keep up with, which made me feel really crappy about myself & my work, and ultimately burnt me out. So why am I back making more goals? Am I daft?! Maybe.. but I really do believe that goal setting is vital for self-improvement, so I have three new goals for this month. I’ve also purposefully made the goals quite easy to accomplish just so I can ease myself back into this process.. and not go through what happened last time!! So here are the three things I’m going to be focusing on this month!

1 )  DRAW AT LEAST ONE ILLUSTRATION A WEEK!
The most foolproof way get better at something, is just to keep doing it! If I wanna get better at illustrating then I need to make more illustrations! Since I’m doing my #100days project at the moment I have been barely drawing anything else as it’s been keeping me quite busy, I think I can manage to get one separate illustration completed each week though!

2 )  PRACTICE DRAWING MORE PLANTS & INSECTS!
I adore looking at plants & insects, and I really enjoy drawing them too! My illustrations have featured a number of beetles and moths in the past but I would love to expand my repertoire and get even more creepy-crawlies involved. Plants too, I love drawing different types of leaves but I really struggle with flowers, so getting some practice in will be super helpful!

3 )  EXPERIMENT MORE WITH INK!
Pretty much all of my artwork is done in black indian ink right now and I really love the medium, but I’m not really playing around with it and seeing what it can do. I know that ink is incredibly versatile, I just haven’t been versatile with it yet. This is the month where I will change that and hopefully develop some new techniques for my work!

As I said they’re easy goals, but it’s also very easy to fail at any goal so I think these are a good restart point for me. If I don’t manage all of them then I’m going to try to not beat myself up about it, I can’t afford to hit another art block like the last one!

​Let me know what you think of the goals I’ve set and if you have any goals for this month!

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We’re four weeks into the project now, am I allowed to call it a month yet?! I’m excited because, as I keep saying, I’ve never kept up with a challenge so well and for so long! One half of me is just waiting for me to slip up and stop participating, while the other half just laughs and says “nah, we’re here for the whole thing!” Even though I am super pleased with how well this project is going, there is one thing that I feel I really need to work on.. my participation & interaction with others & their work within the challenge. On a typical day, I’ll sort out my illustration then post it to Instagram, then I won’t think about it again throughout the rest of the day. That sucks, and I’ve begun to realise that a lot of the joy from this challenge comes from interacting with the other artists and following their journey too! I’m going to make it a daily goal now, to go through #THE100DAYPROJECT tag at least once, then I can catch up with everyone and feel more part of the growing community.

Do you have any favourite projects in the challenge? Link me and share the love!

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Golly golly gosh, week three already people!! Is time going by super quickly for you all or is it just me? Three weeks is a decent length for an everyday project but it really has flown by for me.

This has been my most challenging week so far due to a combination of not staying on top of the illustrations, and having to illustrate some HUGE constellations! I don’t know why for sure, but my normal practice of doing the day’s illustration the night before went right out the window for me this week. I often found myself quickly finishing them off right before I head off to work so I’m certain that I can photograph them well enough and get them posted for the day. Thankfully I haven’t missed a day yet, but I certainly came very close to that a couple of times in the last week! I found this to be much more stressful and frustrating for me so I am making sure to go back to readying the illustrations the night before again! We also had some quite tricky constellations to illustrate this week. Carina, Centaurus and Cetus are all huge sprawling constellations in the sky, so trying to get the proportions and shape right in a teeny A6 illustration was quite challenging. I’m very happy with how Carina and Cetus turned out, but I planned Centaurus so badly that I had to cut off some of the constellation as I set it up far too big! I’m trying to be really careful with the larger constellations now so that doesn’t happen again, so at least I have learnt my lesson!

So it’s been a challenging week, but also the week where I have learnt the most in so I’m happy with that!