I'm going to start the New Year off with some exciting news about my greetings cards. As usual, there's a story behind this which involves my gut instinct taking me to unexpected places... Last year I was thinking about spending a small fortune on a 3-month online course which would 'help my career'. But then… Continue reading The adventure that led to selling greetings cards
Five weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown. This turned out to be one of my most popular posts, so I thought I’d give you a quick update on how things are going. If you recall, I was taking ridiculously small steps towards writing and illustrating.… Continue reading An update on taking ridiculously small creative steps
The illustration above is very pertinent right now as 4 weeks ago, I lost my job. There was no warning. I walked into work and was told that there was no more work in the pipeline. These things happen when you freelance. (I have been freelancing for the last 2 years, writing wellbeing books for a… Continue reading Follow your own star
Hello. Remember me?! Sorry I've been so quiet lately. Before Christmas consumes me, I thought I'd better post an update! The reason I've been a bit preoccupied lately is due to the hairy dog I drew way back in May. A friend very kindly put him on a t-shirt and a mug for me as a gift,… Continue reading My new business… possibly
Remember those dog doodles I did recently? Well, I am now the proud owner of a new mug! Awww... I'll take him to work and chat to him whenever my brain is fried. (He looks like he might understand.)
I am experimenting with having more fun with my creativity – just doing things for the heck of it really, just cos it makes me smile. Today I drew some dogs. A long dog… A hairy dog… An angry dog… And a surprised dog… What I love about quick doodles like this is that, within… Continue reading Today I drew some dogs
If you’re pondering what to buy someone you love this Christmas, I can recommend Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake. It's bloody brilliant. Described as "a sketchbook with training wheels", it’s perfect for little kids and big kids who long to draw but are too scared and/or don’t know where to begin (that… Continue reading Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered
Drawing my first doodle in years had an unexpected effect on me. For the rest of the day, it made me smile! I have taken this as a sign: I need more of this 'silliness' in my life! So this morning I drew a bow-legged bird...
Fellow 30 Day Challenger Richard Pettit has started a Wish of the month blog. Last month he cycled to work and back (this was no ordinary commute; it was a round trip of over 50 miles.) This month he’s bravely learning to street dance. Pondering what my wish would be, especially in light of my… Continue reading Little doodle: my first hedgehog
My first postcard designs have come back from Moo.com! (Cue big grin). I have always wanted to create a product I can sell. When I was a kid I told my mum I wanted to sell cups of tea to passing drivers. (See - entrepreneurial from an early age.) Sadly, my business plan was slightly… Continue reading I’ve finally done something I’ve always wanted to do!