Hello again its me the dust covered inky illustrator!
I know I’m sorry, I’m so bad lately with my little blog here as I’ve been up to lots of different projects and to do’s which to say the least has taken more time than I expected! Day’s rolled into a whole month and I’m back to share with you the final part of my big hoot story . So where was I? Ah after day one in the studio I spent around 5 more days going to and from Birmingham to get my inky owl finished.
Lesson two however was when you’re going to do this kind of project bare in mind that it’s a lot of work and you’re not wonder woman, I put so much stress and pressure on myself which really didn’t go down to well health wise, so note to self give yourself a break next time. The paint also needed at least 3-4 coats in places to really cover the owl perfectly to avoid transparency or patchy paintwork ( I envied how easily people spraying a base on looked apart from the smelly fumes lol).
Before I knew it my brown inky owl was all done and ready to fly the nest for the Big hoot launch this July. We made our way to the Fort Dunlop building where the launch was held and I have to say guys despite the 2 hour drive it was fantastic. I had no idea what a big impact taking part in the big hoot project would have on me, not only as a illustrator but a person to. If you were to ask me if I would take on another project like this I would definitely say yes. I challenged myself in so many ways and was able to prove that despite the self doubt we can feel no matter what you’re afraid of or unsure of possibly achieving you can if you just try. The outcome might always be a mystery but if its good then it will all have been worth it. The big brown inky owl is currently on display outside the Jewelery quarter building ( my very kind sponsors), so if you happen to be in the area be sure to take some time checking out all the wonderful owls!
Inky illustrator over and out! Katie x
Sometimes living a creative life can be pretty tough. Balancing out your miscellaneous daily doings, day job’s, the late nights and pursuing your aspiration for creative success can be tiring!
Sometimes I sit here and have to remind myself how much I want to achieve and be the best I can be, even though there are days when it’s all seeming too much work.
However you’ve got to remeber as easy as it may seem success and achievements don’t come over night, like opportunities don’t fall onto your doorstep. You’ve got to be creatively brave , think outside the box you’re in and aspire to do great things putting yourself out there whilst not giving into the hard work.
If you look around there are quite a few genuine creative people to admire for their down to earth honest advice about following a creative career, aswell as admiring them for their achievements. I believe you can do anything if you believe in yourself, put pen to paper and don’t give in because it all at first seems to much hard work.
We creatives all start out on our adventures at different times and we develop at different paces. Although there are points when we feel frustrated as if we just aren’t progressing as much as we want to. I used to feel the same when I started out my creative venture through university and starting out as an illustrator.
Feeling as though my art was never to the level I pictured it and compared myself to others in my field. However it wasn’t till I took a trip to the coast and stumbled across some sea glass that I changed my mindset and maybe you can to by reading this.
“Picture every creative out there from many creative practices as a piece of sea glass. They jumped into the sea at the beginning of their venture and were swept through a mixture of tides , some calm and some clashing. Some pieces of sea glass that give up against the tide are then found washed up on shore with edges still rough, imperfect and uncut.
Pieces of sea glass that worked against the tide and smoothed their edges against the sand and grain, became more refined as time in the sea went by. Each of these pieces of sea glass are beautiful and unique in their own way, but how refined they would be depended upon how long they swept against the sea”.
That’s kind of how we are as creatives, the longer you stick at something the better and more refined you become at it.
What kind of sea glass do you want to become?