A wheekly cute little inky adventure…

Hello there my creative friends it’s been a while! I hope you’re all well and are as creative as ever. Today I wanted to share a wheekly exciting update and some inky advice with you aspiring creatives.

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Update one: I’ve started a little inky project and blog called the Guineapig wheekly . It’s an illustrated small pet blog and a little side to this inky business I’m passionate about.  I blog 8 times a month about lots of different things from pet advice to tutorials and more.

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My point I wanted to make with all of you is I found a way to combine two passions together and really connect with over 3000 people through it and my artwork.

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I even created a little wheekly shop and product line of greetings cards,  notebooks,  decal stickers and a colouring book to boot. 

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By doing this I realised where I felt a little lost before in my creative business and maybe you feel the same? I was trying to promote myself and my artwork, but I didn’t realise that sharing a love with others and joining that with your creative passion could really connect with so many people.

Also if somethings not working don’t be afraid to try something new.  Be brave my creative friends and if you have two passions why not put them together?

Katie x

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Inky big hoot adventure part two…

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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.

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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).

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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. image 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

Sly farts in yoga class #truestory

imageSo last month I started going to yoga classes because frankly my butt started to mold into my chair and hurt my back pretty badly ( not enough breaks = inky workaholic). After a quick googling I found a local yoga class not to far from my house and so off I went to my first sunday session.

 It’s really true though that when you work for yourself from home and particularly as a Creative , its super hard to peel ourselves away from work because we feel so bad when we’re not working.

You get into the habit of working too much because you want to be your best and everything we achieve relies on us.  In the end though we actually forget about the engine that runs everything ( that’s you by the way).

 

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(Chubby yoga kitties)

Even though I’ve only been working freelance for about 18 months now , I’m already thinking of the future consequences of not looking after our health and how working at our inky desks are going to affect that. So my advice is do something small everyday to contribute to a better happier you.

  •  Go to yoga classes
  •  Take up that hula hooping ( just try not to break anything like me)
  •  Walk your dog
  • Put on a face mask ( thank goodness no one can see us behind the computer screen)
  • Paint your nails ( unless you’re a guy although you could look rather fetching in a shade of pink?)
  • Talk out your troubles
  • Meet up with a friend for brunch.

Although now the only thing that makes me slightly anxious during my graceful poses in class is the chances of letting out a fart on the sly (#truestory) since everyone’s so quiet! Hence if you’re going to start classes yourself I don’t recommend beans on toast for breakfast.

Have a wonderful day and please let me know what you do to stay at your best as a creative?

Kate x