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.

 

 

made in the now

This is one of my favourite sources of daily bite-size pieces of inspiration. Every 24 hours, Made in the Now creates a new t-shirt design inspired by interesting current events and global news headlines. Each clever design is only available for 24hrs so you have to snap them up real quick.
I absolutely adore this particular news story and the design created in response to the article.
Shirt #98, 23 October 2011:
From the Times of India: “More than 200 girls whose names mean “unwanted” in Hindi chose new names on Saturday for a fresh start in life. A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony, it hopes it will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls.”  
Georgia Perry’s design fused the colours of India with a strong, simple statement for women everywhere. 
You can read more about it here.

a mild obsession with tentacles

This is the latest finished illustration I’ve been working on. Trying out watercolours as a new medium but my experiments have been a little bit of hit and miss with the colour blends so I dropped it into Photoshop to undo alot of my amateur watercolour work. It’s also the first illustration I’ve left in pencil, I usually ink the drawing before applying colour as my pencil work can tend to be quite messy.

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meet christina ung

This lady has knocked my socks off.

Christina is an accomplished artist and illustrator based in Canada. She’s illustrated for countless major editorial publications around the world from BusinessWeek to Playboy to ‘O’ The Oprah Magazine. Her work is just gorgeous, I absolutely adore her linework and use of vintage comic book palettes.

As well as being a successful illustrator, Christina has also created a brilliant online web resource “Drawing for Dollars” where she regularly posts articles about freelancing and how to make your way as an illustrator. Pure gold for anyone starting out in the creative industry.