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Speed drawing is so much fun! Its actually so interesting to see how you work. For example I know I spend quite a bit of time aligning images and sizing them. But that a good thing, its definitely not time wasted IMO.

Anyway I'm really getting into character development with my illustrations. I've been playing around with After Effects and its so much fun to create illustrations that also move. It actually blew my mind when I first did it. You can check out my first attempt here.

My Friend Inga and I are in the slow and steady process of developing an amazing new animated project. We have a few local artist in the pipelines that we'd like to work with so hopefully by the end of Summer I'll have an amazing animated project to show off. Take a look at Ingas animations here. She's the tits.

Does anyone else use After Effects and have any tips?




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I've never used Pinterest for anything other than enjoyment. The social element never crossed my mind and I certainly didn't think I could use it to drive traffic to my blog. It sounds too good to be true but you can use Pinterest to your blogging advantage. 

I go on Pinterest everyday. If I don't know what to have for dinner I check my food board. When I don't know what to wear I'll look at fashion. I think its a great place to keep all my resources.

First of all my stats are not amazing but when I first started looking at them I really didn't expect much. One thing I was most surprised at was my avg. monthly viewers, its pretty high for someone who gave zero thought to gaining views. 

digital marketing

I didn't realise but I had actually inadvertently been doing all the right things to start building traffic. I used Pinterest everyday, I pinned similar things and was building up a collection on my boards and I was pinning my own illustrations and blog posts which were being pinned in other places.


digital marketing

digital marketing

 Its great to see were my traffic is coming from and seeing new insights into analytics from other sites. Hopefully this will help me gain a better understanding of digital marketing and  learn how to build upon it.

Does anyone else have any digital marketing tricks?




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Journal

journal

Travelogue - bought in Barcelona (you can get it here!)


I bought this travel diary when I was in Barcelona to help keep a document of all the places I've been and want to go. Travel is a pretty big deal for me these days and I want to be able to look back at special memories of the places I went to and this diary has everything a keen traveler would need.

So there are two parts to this book. Part one is a scratch off map so you can document all the places you have traveled to. It's a great visual for you to see the different countries you have and haven't been too. From doing this I've seen that I've never been to the continent of Africa, so its next on my list.

The second part is a booklet filled with lists, itineraries and packing musts. Its made my travelling experience a lot easier to deal with and even has some great suggestion I've never thought off. Theres also a part of the booklet that a diary for all your adventures you've done and are yet to do.

Also I've started a pinterest board for all the places I want to go in the next year. Have you guys got any suggestions?




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sunday

toddler


dAUGHTER

sunday

toddler

Sundays are so much better when the sun is shining and I get to play with my daughter and dog. I sometimes think I need to start a separate blog full of my daughters outfits cause I swear she has so much more style than me. I let her pick out her own clothes so I can't even take some of the credit.

What did you guys do on this sunny Sunday?



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Twin markers

twin markers

twin markers

Twin marker pens from Tiger


I'm gonna brush on by the fact that I haven't posted is two months and hope no one notices and share the new pens I picked up in Tiger.

I've never heard of Tiger before it came to Belfast, but its basically like an Ikea of stationary. Everything is so reasonably priced and I've been in the store every week since it arrived. Its my favourite shop for sketchbooks, candles and art supplies.

Anyway these pens are amazing. I was told about them by my friend Inga who uses them for hand lettering. They're only £2 for a set of three and they're so similar to Letraset Promarker and they're really easy to blend. I've been using them for my illustrations and they're so opaque and the colour really pops.

Anyway at only £2 for three you can't go wrong with these pups!

Let me know if anyone else has any sweet finds from tiger.



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travel book

abstract

monsters

layered

abstract

sketch

sketch

colourful

fish


If you follow me on Instagram you would have been pestered with loads of illustrations I've been doing. I'm trying to do a sketch a day for 2016. Even though I've missed a few days (whoops) I'm really enjoying illustrating again.

A few things I've learned from this little project is not to be afraid of mistakes. When I get a fresh new sketchbook I tend to try and keep everything perfect and when I make a mistake I'm very tempted to tear the page right out and start again. Allowing myself to be free and not worrying about mistakes is hard, but its one part that I'm learning from this project.

Have you set yourself any daily goals for 2016?





iamsterdam

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amsterdam

Amsterdam

amsterdam


Last week I flew out to Eindhoven in The Netherlands for a three day trip. My friend moved over there recently so we decided to go visit.

This was my third trip to Amsterdam so I've seen all the tourist stuff before. This trip I really wanted to get out of the city and see the Dutch countryside. Luckily there was a lot of train journeys from Eindhoven to The Hague to Rotterdam to Amsterdam, so I seen a lot of flat farms and windmills.

One of my favourite places there is the Food Hallen. Its a bit of a trek from the city centre but the food is amazing. It has different stalls so it has something for everybody. I got the burger at The Butchers and I inhaled it. It was amazing.