New pens + my MA

 In september I'll be going into the second year of working towards my MA in Illustration. I'm so excited, nervous, scared and for some reason in a constant state of hunger. I can't wait but at the same time I know it's going to be hard, the last year was so much work and difficult. This year will be worse and so much harder...but I know it will be so worth it. I've mapped out in my head all the things I want to do whilst studying, like all the new illustrations I want to make and add to my shop (actually have a few of these in works at the moment). How I'm going to plan and organise how I'll fit working around full time study. I don't want to write this down because I'll just forget it all as soon as it's down on paper, and also I'm too afraid to see it written down.

So I've been drawing a lot to calm myself down a little, I've been making myself draw people (one thing I don't like drawing) and then treating myself to drawing buildings (my favourite thing to draw). Also treated myself to new pens too but that's nothing new...they're very good though!

Trying to draw people while they're out and about, moving past places and just doing things is really hard. I've been practicing and trying to get better at it. The more I go out and sit somewhere, then draw people going past something the easier it gets. It can be awkward though at the same time, when someone notices you drawing them. Most of the time I see them suddenly try to run away, hunch over or turn away. I feel silly then but my drawings will never look like them, it's just an outline and an action. They could look at what I'd drawn of them and they wouldn't even know it's them.

One thing I'm really excited about at the moment is that I'm creating greetings cards. I've got a couple of drawings that I've done, now just need to tidy up and finish on my computer. Can't wait to see how they'll look printed out.

Google reader disappears today

Cat make up bag - Small

I know that I'm not the best blogger, in fact I'm very bad at making time to blog.
This isn't something that I'm happy about, it's something I'm trying to work on. So I did panic a little when I realised that google reader is disappearing today, I do love blogging and I want to blog a lot more (a lot more). So this is something I will work on, and plan posts.

So if you would like to stick with me and my blog then please move over from google reader to Bloglovin' or subscribe the RSS feed through email.

There's a Bloglovin' link by picture in the side bar, and importing the blogs you follow from google reader to Bloglovin' is really easy. When you sign in or register there is a drop down from a little heart and in there it has an 'import from google reader' option. That's it, it does the rest.

Bank holiday sewing

Last week the buckle strap on my beloved satchel bag broke, it's not that surprising as I've been using it every single day for the last three months and it has gone through a beating carrying so much stuff (my shoulder has been through the same sort of beating...).

Over the bank holiday weekend I was trying to work on my final uni project of the year, but I took a little break to fix my bag. I was in the mood to do it and I knew that I had to get on with it or I'd leave it for months. So I spent a couple of hours sewing together a new canvas and floral strap. It took ages, I broke a seam ripper and hurt my fingers, but it was so worth it.
I really love how it turned out and I think it looks even better than before with the normal leather straps.

Aztec pencil cases

There's a new selection of colours for my aztec print pencil cases, which has only been in a black print until now. I've been wanting to print these in lots of colours for a long time, and have finally managed to make a few.

It's sort of a test to see how they go, there is only a few at the moment but if it goes well then there will be a lot more in these, and possibly more, colours. I really like the new colours, I think the orange one is my favourite.