Saturday, 5 September 2015

WORDS FOR THE SUMMER

Summer is nearly over, and it's time to get back to reality. For me summer is the best time of year, I just love the sun, the colours, the light, but it can often feel like a sort of purgatory as nothing productive really gets done. Or does it? 



I know productiveness is often seen as a physical thing, and I'm a big culprit for thinking this way; as a creative person I like to see physical evidence of the time and effort I've exerted, something 'real' like a piece of art. But why can't memories be real even if they aren't physical?

At times, especially when I've had a day where I haven't made any art I feel disheartened or even panicky that I've wasted the day, but this is never the case. You can't really 'waste' a day. There's no rules as to how you should spend a day, you made those up yourself, and once I realised this I started enjoying myself more.

Instead of thinking that a lack of physical evidence makes a wasted day, I started seeing productiveness as myself moving forward. I try to move through the days collecting pieces that improve me as a person and discarding anything that holds me back. After all, what's the point in experiencing anything -- be it good or bad -- if you don't move on from it, and take things that make you better?

I really hate motivational quotes and all that, they're so condescending. But I guess what I'm saying (and I'm aware I'm sounding preachy but I'm not trying to be I swear) is that I've learned things this summer, and although I've had a lot of fun and met new people etc. it would all have been a massive waste of time if I hadn't improved as a person. I like myself more and more everyday, and I believe I'm a much better version of myself than I was three months ago when the summer started.

Keep improving and never stop. What's that quote on Tumblr again?

I give up. On to Autumn.

Emily x

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

AUGUST FAVOURITES

 Hello, I do believe it is Sepember, and it's time to talk about my new stuff. More important than this random load of stuff I've gathered this month, there's been numerable things that have happened that have made me very happy this month.

Firstly, I go to university in Northampton which is in the midlands; because of this, I seem to accumulated friends from all over the country which is great because I've spent the month visiting them and had them visit me. This meant I got to see cool stuff all over the country and have a laugh. Highlights were visiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park with my friend Caitlin (you need to go there it's amazing if you're an art nerd like me), getting pissed in Stourport with all my flatmates and exploring the Lake District (where I live) with my good friends Luke and Megan. Secondly, the lovely old time I had at Hayton Castle meeting all the wonderful people there and having a right laugh playing guitar till the early hours of the morning. And finally, Solfest. I have little words to describe how much I love this little festival, and I got to spend it with some pretty amazing people. Good times all round I'd say, hurrah to August!

Now on with the random crap.

 As it's September I'm in uni mode at the moment, and couldn't resist these sunshine yellow pan and wok set from Aldi. Hopefully it'll make me feel better about cooking, but that's a long shot.
 I made this cushion! I'm very pleased with myself and think it'll fit very well into my uni room. Also, have you noticed the colourful backdrop? This is an offcut rug that I bought from Solfest. I just love these rugs, they're really cheap and add colour and cosiness to any room.
These beauties were found in charity shops on my travels, in total I spent a fiver! The jumper, as it says on the logo, was actually hand knitted, it's so cute. The floral number is actually a button up dress in a chiffon material that I use as a long kimono.

Anyway, onwards to September for Freshers, moving, gigs and lots of job applications! I hope you've had a wonderful month too.

Emily x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

DOGS ON THE SHORE

Hello, I hope you've had a good week! This week I've been away visiting some of my friends from uni round the country which was pretty fun. It's only when you go away that you really appreciate the things that you love from your home town, which is why when I got back I went dog walking with my friends Ciara and Gareth.

To be honest with you, my travelling around the country - well, mainly the midlands, I don't want to pretend that I'm some avid explorer/adventurer - was somewhat challenging for me. I find trains themselves very stressful (who doesn't?) but taking them three times in one week was a bit much for me, especially when they dragged up a load of weird-ish memories that I didn't appreciate reliving when I was dragging a suitcase around on my own. However, I managed to get where I wanted to be in one piece; I may have lost my phone and a little bit of my sanity on the way but I'm okay. Needless to say I was relieved to pull into Carlisle station on Sunday.

Anyway, I wanted to talk a little about a lovely lady called Linda that I met this summer and how her dogs make me very happy indeed. Linda has nine dogs, all of whom are either rescued or taken on by her if their owners can't look after them anymore. The dogs are all happy, healthy and love playing together and keeping each other company, this is why I love walking them along the shore and watching them run and explore and just generally have the time of their lives, it's lovely to be a part of. I think because the dogs are always so happy to see you and excited about everything it rubs off on you and has a sort of calming effect, I love it.

Each dog has their own character, and trying to capture that on camera was very difficult as they all went wild on the sand, I must have had to delete so many blurry photographs! However, I hope from the photos here you'll be able to get an idea and that they make you smile as much as they make me smile.








Emily x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

RECENT DRAWINGS


Hello! Here's a sneak peek into my sketchbook again of what I've been sketching over the past few weeks. In my last post I mentioned about my creative block that's been plaguing my life recently, the last recent drawings post I did (read it here) includes the drawings I had been making during the block, so today I'm going to show you the drawings I've been making as I was coming out of it. I don't know about you but I can notice a big difference between them!

Stop rambling Emily, show them the drawings...

Okay here goes:
The first drawing is actually a drawing of Aaron Johnson, don't ask me why. The second is the outcome of taking my sketchbook out on a night out with me, I can't actually read half of it or remember writing it al all, but there it is.

I know this isn't a drawing, but I just love pressing flowers! I was given a huge bunch of flowers for helping out with an exhibition a few weeks ago and I couldn't resist pressing some.

The first one is space-related things in fineliner, and the second is a ceiling fan in biro from when I was sitting in a pub. As far as fans go that one was pretty useless.

Fucking feminist. Just because. And that's a rather rushed self portrait.

This is my thought process when researching and coming up with ideas for my drawings for Neon Moon last week. It was fun creating a drawing that I wanted to be both inspirational and empowering at the same time. See the post and the finished drawings here.
There you go, my visual diary for the month. I'll be heading out on a little tour visiting some of my uni pals this week so I hope to have a few more interesting drawings to show for next time. I hate trains with a passion but I have to admit they're good for sneakily drawing unsuspecting travellers. Until you get caught staring at someone that is, it's pretty awkward after that...

Emily x

Saturday, 15 August 2015

PHOTO DIARY

Over the summer I seem to have uncovered a new-found love for photography, something which I have always had an interest in but never had the time for. If there's one thing I've learnt at uni this year it's been the ability to find beauty and interest in unconventional places or things. In fact, one of the most important things I've learnt in my artistic education is that a good artist can make anything look beautiful, and the way you capture it makes all the difference. This summer has been filled with some rather breathtaking views, lovely walks, painfully boring days and one crippling creative block all mixed together, and these photographs are the result.

Carousel in the Lakes

Maryport Dock at night

The train track

Maryport Aquarium

Maryport Aquarium

Old Farmhouse

Muddy Puddle

The view from Dodd Wood (Derwent Water)




 It's difficult to take a bad photograph when you're stood on top of a mountain overlooking miles of picturesque little towns and countryside, and I suppose that's what my creative block felt like. I've never had one before and it took me a while to work out what was happening to me, I was still making art, still drawing and generating new ideas and such but all my work seemed rather stale and flat, like what I wanted to make wasn't coming out onto the page. It was extremely frustrating to have all these ideas running through my head and not being able to make anything that amounted to anything; everything felt like a humongous waste of time. Yes it was pretty but it wasn't what I wanted.

Anyway, how I got out of it was simple. I kept myself busy doing and experiencing things other than my art, having a laugh and surrounding myself with the people who make me the best version of me that I can be. Although I was still sketching daily (something I try to do no matter how successful the drawing is) surrounding myself with the people, places and experiences that inspire me began to have an impact on my drawings, and I began to be able to communicate visually again.

I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them. Have you ever experienced a creative block? If I ever have one again I know how to deal with it that's for sure!

Emily x

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

WHAT I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO


Today I want to talk about music. It's one of my favourite things in the world - after art of course - and I've had a constant love affair with it since I was very young. I have my parents to thank for introducing me to some classics that form the base of my music taste. My Dad for the likes of Led Zeppelin and Hendrix, and my Mam for Fleetwood Mac, ELO and Foo Fighters. I've recently expanded my music taste and found loads of new artists that I've never listened to before (I have my Spotify subscription to thank for this one); there's no greater feeling than finding a band, instantly falling in love with them and listening to their full discography non stop for the rest of the week. So here's a playlist of new and old favourites that have filled my ears this summer:
I've been loving Florence + the Machine after watching her set at Glastonbury. How can you not love an artist that shows so much passion and excitement when performing? She was so overwhelmed and thankful to be there and I can't help but respond to that with equal enthusiasm for her music. Also, Kiss with a Fist is such an empowering song and makes me walk down the street with an attitude!

I had to get Bombay Bicycle Club in there somewhere, they're my 'go-to' band that I always return to if I don't know who to listen to. Their So Long, See You Tomorrow album is utter genius and one I like to listen to as a whole, there's not many albums out there that I won't skip a single song while listening to it all the way through.

Arctic Monkeys don't need an explination because they're an old favourite and Alex Turner is a lyrical genius.

The Vaccines, Ella Eyre and Lucy Rose were all artists I got to see at Kendal Calling last week and they were all amazing so they had to get onto the playlist. Comeback (Stripped) by Ella Eyre is a beautiful song; it's just her voice and a piano and because her voice is so pure and raw it really draws you in. The same to Lucy Rose who has such a beautiful, haunting voice that sounds exactly the same live (her cover of Taylor Swift's Bad Blood is better than the original, soz!). The Vaccines were undescribable.

The Stone Roses are definitely a very summery band that never fails to make me bob my head like a maniac and smile my head off! I will never got bored of the song Waterfall, which reminds me of being at uni actually.

Everyone else on the playlist is well worth a listen if you're looking for some new music to listen to, I know when you get stuck in a rut and can't find any new artists to listen to it can be quite frustrating so hopefully here's some ideas for you. What've you been listening to this month?

Emily x


Sunday, 9 August 2015

I LOVE COCONUT OIL

I know I'm a bit late to the party with this one (as with most things) as coconut oil and it's benefits has been floating around the internet for a while now, but I just couldn't not mention it on here because I think it's amazing! I'm going to tell you what I use it for and how it's helped me in my beauty regime.

Coconut oil is multipurpose and cheap, so I've replaced a lot of my usual beauty and skincare products with it. It's great not having that massive bundle of products to carry with you when you're travelling or to clutter up a bathroom with.

The first and most obvious use for coconut oil is as a moisturiser. Now, be careful with this one, because depending on your skin type, coconut oil might not be compatible to use every day with your skin. I have oily skin at times, so I use it after shaving or if my skin is feeling particularly dry. Another useful tip is to use it only at night time before going to sleep. It's quite oily (duh!) on the skin for a while, so if you use it at night then it'll give it time to soak in over night and leave you with luscious soft skin in the morning. Likewise, don't apply it just before doing your makeup, out of experience the makeup will just slide right off your face...

Secondly, I use coconut oil as a hair mask occasionally. Just before washing my hair I apply it all over my hair and leave it for maybe 10 minutes. I then wash it out with shampoo to get the greasiness out of my hair, use my conditioner as normal and it leaves my hair nice and soft! If my hair is feeling a bit dead and dry between washes I usually stick a little bit on the ends and leave it to disguise my split ends.

Another key use for coconut oil - and this is my favourite - is a makeup remover. I mentioned before how it makes your makeup slide off your face, this is what you want from a makeup remover right? I take a small piece (about the size of a pea) allow it to melt in my hand, then gently rub it over my face - but don't scrub! Try not to get too much in your eyes, it won't hurt them, it just makes your vision a bit cloudy when it gets on your eyeball. Moving it around my face breaks up the makeup so when I get a cotton pad and wipe the oil away the makeup comes with it. After this I usually wash my face with my cleanser to remove the oil completely and I find my face is moisturised already so I don't have to use moisturiser! You'll find that not only is this method better for moisturising your skin (better than makeup wipes anyway), it also helps strengthen your eyelashes.

I use it on my lips if they're feeling particularly dry at times. I often put a small amount on my lips and apply some lipstick over the top to create a tinted lipbalm when I don't want a really dark lip. Sometimes I find lipsticks clump on my lips when they're dry anyway so this really helps to prevent that.

Okay, I've finished kissing coconut oil's arse now (although it can kiss mine as much as it likes). I'm sure there's loads of other uses for it that I haven't discovered, so please let me know if you have any other tips.

Emily x

Friday, 7 August 2015

NEON MOON FEMINIST LINGERIE

Hello! Recently I've been working with Neon Moon, a British lingerie company that makes underwear with feminist ideals. I love what they stand for and wanted to join them in their fight for body positivity, so I made some work for them.

Neon Moon's lingerie - a one-woman operation run by Hayat Rachi - stands out from the rest because not only does their underwear support all body types, but it moulds itself around your natural curves so that your body dictates the shape of the underwear, not the other way around; therefore it's your body that makes the underwear beautiful. With no uncomfortable underwire or tight fitting garments to shape the body, this underwear is designed for comfort instead of looks. What a radical and revolutionary idea in a world that thrives off low self-esteem to market their products, even more so in the fashion and lingerie industries.

Another thing about Neon Moon that I love is their unretouched models on their website. They show the models' 'imperfections' like stretchmarks, freckles, body hair and cellulite - all naturally accuring features on women - and celebrate them instead of hiding them, which in my opinion is a huge step towards body positivity in society. By showing their models in relaxed situations with their bodies sitting in a natural way they're showing what their underwear really looks like on a woman, and not sexualising the model in the process. Brilliant!


To celebrate Neon Moon's work towards body positivity and empowering women I decided to create some illustrations for them. The first piece is Practice Aggressive Self Love, which depicts an unshaven leg. This one celebrates being unapologetic about your body and embracing things about youself that other people don't appreciate as much as you. The second one shows a drawing of one of the Neon Moon models looking very natural and happy. I wanted to cover the drawing with pattern, it surrounds the model and moulds around her curves, just like the underwear does.

If you want to visit the Neon Moon website and check out their underwear for yourself you can find it here. Finally, a big thanks goes out to Hayat at Neon Moon for featuring my work on her platforms!

Emily x

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

BECOMING VEGETARIAN


I thought I'd talk a little today about when I became a vegetarian and my experience in 'transitioning' into not eating meat anymore. First of all I'd like to say that I'm absolutely not an expert and have only been veggie since March this year, and if it wasn't for my friend Ciara who's been veggie for nine years giving me advice and help I would have found it harder.

So I would say that becoming vegetarian is easily one of the best decisions I've made, and I found it so much easier than I thought I would. I think because I'm doing it for a reason, that I genuinely care about animal welfare, any time I found it difficult I just thought back to my initial reasons for becoming veggie and that made me stick to it. I decided that I didn't want to support the meat industry anymore because I find it needlessly cruel and I hated the fact that every time I sat down to eat a meal an animal had to die in order for me to eat it, it just wasn't something I was comfortable with anymore. That being said, I don't have a problem with anyone else eating meat, I ate it myself for 19 years so I'd be a bit of a hypocrite if I did!

I first decided to try the vegetarian lifestyle after watching a video by one of my favourite YouTubers Anastasjia Louise who talks a lot on her channel about her experiences and it just made me want to try it. I started off by slowly cutting out the meat from my diet, and for about a month I only ate meat once a week, this was to ease my body away from eating meat and to check to see if the veggie lifestyle was suitable and healthy for my body. After speaking to Ciara about replacing the meat with other things in my diet, I started to eat Quorn, a popular meat substitute that's high in protein (the 'chicken' is fantastic!). I thought these soya and Quorn substitute foods would be awful and have little taste but they're actually lovely and I love the sausages more than meat ones. After five months without meat I can honestly say that I don't miss it one bit, and I've stopped craving meat products now. I don't have to take any vitamin tablets of any kind because I replaced the meat with other things in my diet like Quorn and nuts and I'm just as healthy as I was before (maybe even more so). Some of my favourite things to eat are: jacket potatoes, omelette, cashew nuts and veggie curry (usually made with chickpeas and sweet potato).

I hope this post isn't preachy in any way, and I suppose the point that I'm trying to make is that becoming vegetarian isn't as hard as you might think, and there's plenty of stuff you can still eat. I'm still learning all the time so if you have any advice or stuff for me to try I'd love to hear from you! If you're considering being veggie give it a go, even for a week, because I promise you you'll love it!

Emily x

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

JULY FAVOURITES

 Hello! August is here, and the festival season is well and truly on the way which is very exciting. A few of the items here came in very handy during my trip to Kendal Calling last weekend. It was my first trip to Kendal Calling and I loved it, especially The Vaccines and Kaiser Chiefs. I've also been painting a lot more this month. Painting isn't something I really get to do on my course because it's very fast-paced and I like to take time over my paintings, so it's nice to use the time off to brush up on my painting skills. Anyway, on with the favourites...

First up is this Boohoo dress with quite a 70s vibe I would say. It's also very festival-esque as it's easy to throw on over some leggings or with knee high socks or something. I love the embroidery detail on the front and the hem.

Next I'm delighted to show these new Doc Martens, they're beautiful! I've had a pair of the black, 8 hole Docs for about 5 years now and they're absolutely trashed the poor things! To be fair to them, they've been to countless festivals, covered in mud, and on various nights out covered in alcohol, they've certainly put in a good shift. So my Dad got me these from the Made In England range, they're made from a different kind of leather than the normal Docs, and he hopes these will be more sturdy and last me longer than the others. I'm in the process of breaking these in, if you've ever had a pair of docs you'll know the pain of breaking a new pair in, it's hard work but so worth it.

The next two items came in very handy at Kendal: a bum bag from River Island and this money wallet that I got from eBay. If you're attending a festival this summer I would really recommend you getting yourself a decent bum bag as you dont have to worry about all your stuff, it's securely around your body making it harder for people to pick pocket you. I also kept all of my money in this money wallet under all of my clothes. I kept all of my money for the whole weekend on me at all times at the festival as you get a lot of tent thiefs that go into people's tents looking for their money, I've even heard of people getting it stolen when it's been wrapped up in socks in their bags and everything! I didn't want to risk it.



Finally, I want to give this artist a mention in my favourites as I love his portraits. Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo is an illustrator from Chile. His work features a lot of overlapping and layering of different images over the top of each other, usually several different views of the same person's face with abstract shapes and colours encorporated into the face. A running theme in Hidalgo's work is how he depicts the eyes very circular and staring, I find this effect very eerie, but it draws the viewers eyes into the portrait and sets the mood for the piece quite well. Visit his website here.

Anyway, there's all my favourites for July. Sorry it was a bit rambly, I'm still very excited about Kendal Calling! Hope you've had a good month, especially if you've been to any festivals.

Emily x

Saturday, 18 July 2015

SURVIVING FRESHERS YEAR

I noticed that A Level results day is coming up soon (I apologise if you're freaking out and didn't want reminding of that!) so I thought I would talk a little bit about my uni experience and share some tips with you Freshers out there...


I'm going into my second year of the Illustration course at Northampton, so just a heads up that these tips are coming from an art student and my experience will be different to someone studying a more academic course, however these are just general tricks I've learned at uni so far, so they should be some help to you at least!

First of all, before I start, I just want to say how important it is to ask yourself the following questions before you even consider going to uni:

Do I enjoy the subject I'm going to study?

Now this doesn't mean 'Oh yeah, Maths is okay I suppose, I'll study that' and it also doesn't mean 'I'm dead good at Media I got a good grade at A Level, I'll study that'... No, it's absolutely essential that you feel passionate about your chosen subject. Obviously good grades are important, but theres a difference between being good at something and genuinely enjoying it, and it'll be a massive waste of time and money if you don't enjoy what you study because you won't do very well!

Am I willing to challenge myself?

Moving to uni was possibly the biggest challenge I have ever set myself, and I'm so glad I took the leap. You've got to be prepared to be taken out of your comfort zone, and if you're not comfortable with this then uni probably isn't for you. That being said, it's completely normal to be nervous about it!

Okay, lecture over (ha ha!) let's talk about some tips and tricks I learned as a Fresher.

1. Go into halls for first year
Halls are accomodation that is run by the university. I know you probably find it scary the thought of moving into a flat of strangers but trust me, there's no better way of making friends than being in a tiny little flat with no idea what you're doing, you'll help and learn from each other, therefore creating friendships (you're all in this together and all that). Also, find a Hall that's relatively close to your uni campus where you'll be studying, you'll be thankful for this when you sleep in for a lecture and for the extra money you'll save on travelling to uni every day.

2. Don't take every single thing you own
You think I'm joking, but some people take so much stuff I wouldn't be surprised if they had to hire a moving van! Remember you've got to get it all in the car and then move it all into your little uni room (they're smaller than you think! Here's what my room looked like) so take only the essentials. It will probably help to get some, but not all, of your stuff when you actually get there, you'll be able to work out what you actually need as you go along and won't be left with useless kitchen utensils or stuff that takes uploads of room. Obviously you'll need bedding, clothes, cutlery and dishes though.

3. Freshers Week
I'm going to be honest here, my Freshers Week was pretty full, I wrote a post about what I got up to here. I was out (almost) every night and in uni every day for welcome talks and such. My advice for Freshers week is to embrace it, go with the flow, but don't do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Suss out your surroundings before you start drinking and make sure you're in a state to get yourself home when you need to. Also, there's nothing wrong with not drinking either! Freshers Week is about socialising and making friends anyway, but I would advise going to at least some of the events even if you don't drink while you're there to break the ice a little.

4. Don't worry about getting on with your flatmates
Here we are, the big one: getting on with your flatmates, my biggest worry before starting uni. Sure, getting on with the people you're living with would be great, but it's not the end of the world if you don't I promise you! Most people get on with at least some of their flatmates but it's important to remember that not everyone's going to like you or be your kind of person, and that's okay. What's important to bear in mind is that there's loads of opportunities for making friends on your course, joining societies or even just visiting your Student Union.

This was a rambly post so I apologise for that, I definitely haven't covered everything though, I might do a post of what I'm actually packing before I move back to uni too. If you have any more tips that you learned while at uni please share them with me! Also, if anyone's got any tips on starting second year that would be great too as I start in September.

I hope this helped,
Emily x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

NO HEAT WAVES

 I hate using heat on my hair! Sometimes it's necessary, like when I'm going out or when my hair just won't behave. But I try not to use heat on it very often because I already dye it anyway, I don't want to damage it any more than I already am. Today I'm going to show you how I get natural-looking waves without any heat at all.  
The only things I use to create this look are a bobble, a spray bottle (I use this on my plants mainly but it's ideal for hair too!) I got for 30p from Wilko's ages ago, and VO5 'Plump It Up' Mousse (any mousse would do).
 So it starts the night before really, but here's me with a very attractive hairstyle here, a French plait. The night before I French plait my hair before going to bed and then spray it with the water spray bottle with just plain tap water to dampen my hair a little, I don't completely soak it. Alternatively you could tie it into a plait when you've just washed your hair but I find plaiting wet hair quite difficult. If you don't have time the night before you could also do this in the morning and dry your plait with a hair dryer right after dampening it. I like to let my hair dry naturally overnight because plaiting my hair keeps it out of the way and anyway, using a hair dryer defeats the objective of using no heat!
 In the morning I undo the plait to find lovely wavy locks! Untie the plait very gently, and whatever you do don't brush your hair, it will make it frizzy! However, I find that it can be a little frizzy of the ends from being in a tight plait, so some styling needs done.
 I use the mousse to scrunch the ends of my hair. If you do it with your head upside down it adds extra volume too. The mousse helps to keep the waves in for the rest of the day and gives it volume. I like to clip some of the hair up and add plaits and stuff when I'm finished with the waves as it keeps my hair from looking too bushy - I have thick hair.
Finished! I think this would be a lovely way to style my hair for the first day of a festival, and as the festival goes on the waves will have a more homemade, lived-in look to them (a nice way of saying messy...) which is a popular look at festivals because people don't really care!

Emily x

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

RECENT DRAWINGS


Today I'm going to share with you some scans of my sketchbook that I carry everywhere with me. I'm quite nervous to show you these, as I treat this little book as more of a visual diary than anything else really. This is where I put everything that's going on in my head at the time whether it be words or images, I don't tend to bother with making things look perfect in my sketchbook because it's personal, but here we go...

So this first one is from when I was waiting of a train home. For some reason Carlisle is always full of trainspotters that crowd round the platforms with their massive cameras waiting for certain trains. I love to watch them, just like they watch the trains, I find them fascinating. So here's one chap with his camera, I actually nearly missed my train drawing him!

Second drawing is on a post-it-note (as you can see I got them free from Sainsbury's) in biro (also free, gotta love freebies!). I went to Cumbria Pride in Carlisle that day with my friend Ciara, and we sat in the park for a while so I drew this flower.
 This day I went for a walk to one of my favourite places on the shore where I live. I spent a while recalling old memories of times spent there and drawing the old lighthouse.

A thunderstorm inspired this next one, I love thunder and lightning. I love the way it lights up the sky with huge forks. I think my favourite part is the loud rumble it makes when it strikes the ground, amazing.
I love to draw people when I'm out and about, it's a creepier form of people watching I suppose. The trick is to spend just the right amount of time drawing someone before they start to notice you staring at them, yes I'm a creep.
 The first drawing here is based around a lovely quote I found 'If flowers can teach themselves how to bloom after winter passes then so can I.' I love this quote, and I drew this to remind myself to follow this advice. Also, the next one is quite motivational too, I suppose there's a theme to this page.


These final two drawings aren't from my little sketchbook, they're more finessed then the others and are based around old-fashioned illustrations. I just love vintage illustrations, how bold they are as they're just line drawings. I love this anatomical heart especially.

So there you have it, the endless ramblings of my brain over the past few weeks! I hope you enjoyed a little insight to my sketchbook, I post a lot of these images onto my Instagram if you want to see some more. What do you like to doodle?

Emily x