finding watercolour inspiration in ordinary things

Over the last few months I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the latest season of Masterchef. So to ease my guilt about an absence of productivity whenever I settled in for an episode marathon, I started sketching in an A6 watercolour moleskine, using the fresh produce as inspiration.

It turned out to be such an enjoyable exercise and it reminded me how important it was to just play and create without the high expectations of producing a polished, finished piece.

So I spent some time looking for inspiration in every day objects to draw and here’s one of my favourite watercolour sketches from a recipe catalogue.

inbox 12

I stumbled across a beautiful project this week that brings together 5 cities (London, New York, Berlin, Madrid and Tokyo), half a dozen illustrators from each city and a whole lot of hometown pride into a gorgeous collection of postcard love. The project in essence creates an illustrated guide to each city with each postcard being a recommendation from a local or souvenir of the city.

To read more about it, check out this interview with Inbox 12. If you love these as much as I do, you can purchase them here.

how to find your purpose and do what you love

I found this article on Brain Pickings and found it absolutely invaluable. I hope you do too. It lists seven different sources of wisdom to draw from, including the Holstee Manifesto (below) to the now legendary 2005 Stanford commencement address by Steve Jobs. Also check out the rest of the site, it has a wealth of thought-provoking inspiration for life.

meet shani bijoux

I love discovering inspirational fellow Brisbane creatives, it gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling to see what wonderful things can bloom and flourish in this small and often underestimated city. Shani Bijoux is a street artist and illustrator who recently curated her first exhibition in Brew on Burnett Lane last month. Her graffiti style is so unique, I absolutely adore her use of intricate patterns, bold colours and swift lines, and can’t wait to stumble across her work next time I’m wandering through the city.

lady and the swans

Here’s the latest piece I’ve been working on. It was a pencil drawing I left unfinished a while ago in a moment of uncertainty and it seemed a shame to leave it that way so I recently picked it up again and inked it in, finishing it by digital medium.