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My skills may be cheesy but my message is important!

Hello wonderful people!

I thought I’d share my new video with you all – yes, it’s still as cheesy as the first few.

Unfortunately, my extremely limited animation skills only help me get so far, but I do really enjoy making them!

This video is on the topic of baby bluespostnatal depression and psychosis, which are all difficult challenges new mothers and their families can face following pregnancy. It may not be the most attractive or optimistic thing to consider as parents-to-be or parents-in-training, but it is crucial to be aware of all the realities of pregnancy and the tremendous changes it can cause, both physically and mentally.

I hope you all enjoy it and share it with anyone who you feel may benefit from a little pep talk!

 

 

Have a fantastic day!


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When I drew Audrey Hepburn

Audrey IM3It’s time for a confession.

Although 95% of the films I love to indulge in are either all-guns-blazing action movies or colourful-and-magical animations, I must admit that I’m a sucker for the romantic old Hollywood films.

There was a simpler time, when acting in the dramatic arts was exactly that: acting dramatically! From the glamorous clothes to the impeccably unrealistic bedtime make up – the era of old Hollywood has me charmed!

One of the films I’ve rewatched over and over again is the beloved Sabrina. With its well mannered humour and romantic plot, I have been enchanted by Audrey Hepburn’s most wonderful work. I’m not sure if it’s the naive-blushing kind of infatuation that only a teenager could experience, or maybe it’s the elegantly powerful transformation one can undergo with a little bit of inspiration – but something about this movie turns me into a doe-eyed romantic.

So I thought, you know what would be great? If I attempted to illustrate Sabrina doing what she does best: giving a coy side glance to life – I hope you like it!

Remember to have a good day. Remember to smile more, laugh more, allow yourself to get excited!


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Creativity creates creativity

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Are you as excited as I am to see the days lighten just that little bit – signalling the approach of warmer seasons?

This winter has been going on for so long, and when you’re forced to commute to work in the dark hours, things can quickly seem bleaker than they really should be.

But I can’t complain – I have been feeling quite excited lately with the realisation that this is (hopefully!) my final year at university – before I enter the big adult world of paid employment and taxes. I enjoy the sense of progress, as I’m sure you do too! There’s nothing more satisfying than being close to achieving your targets, giving you the opportunity to dream more realistically about the future waiting for you.

I admit illustrated health has been unintentionally paused until the summer months. This is a fact which makes me sad – along with enjoying the sense of progress, I’m also a big fan of multi-tasking – but the reality is that my current workload is dictating my life. I cannot wait to get back to creating cheesy videos (which I hope you all enjoy!).

But I haven’t completely stopped, I’ve created a shop on Etsy to sell greeting cards with even cheesier health-related designs! Creativity creates creativity, and that’s what I’m banking on – by refusing to give up the part of my life where I can draw, make and write, I’m hoping that as the following months intensify with stress due to upcoming exams, my imagination will be a healthy escape.

I’ll leave you with a couple of links: for an occasional tweet check out the illustrated health twitter account, for all the slow work I do in illustration and selling of greeting cards head over to my Etsy shop!

In the meantime, know that I miss you all!


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My quiet blogging voice

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Hello, hello, hello…

It’s been a while…How many blog posts have started with such solemn words?

I want to throw my boring excuses at you – yep, how work has taken over my life, how I’m concentrating on my survival skills of eating and drinking during my ‘free’ moments – but let’s face it, those are such lame excuses, because absolutely everyone is busy, and they still manage to lead an exciting existence.

So I’m going to offer you a hot cup of virtual tea and a seat across the table from me – let’s talk.

Does blogging ever become difficult for you?

Sure, sometimes you have zero inspiration – nothing excites you enough to write it down – but sometimes you have great ideas yet something inexplicable stops you from acting on them. I have been having moments like these, and I am beginning to understand why…

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: every blog has a particular voice.

Some are humorous, some are cynical, some are informative but most are unique. The author usually has specific way of interpreting a situation, and when they write they reveal a part of their thought process. They begin to bond with the people they interact with, through comments and likes, and before they know it they establish their blogging voice.

My voice on this blog is informal – I like recounting parts of my life with you, just as I would if you were sitting opposite me and we were having tea – maybe that’s why my writing is not very awesome…hmm…

When I learn a lesson I write a post, not because I want to teach you the same lesson like a cruel governess, but because I’m sharing a piece of my heart. When I observe something interesting, I want to tell someone about it – and so my wonderful readers become my best friends who hear all about it.

Having such an informal take on this blog has been tremendously helpful when I’ve had to deal with the dips in mood – especially on rainy days! However, when your usual voice is lighthearted, very-unserious and plain gibberish at times, you can find yourself being very quiet when Life requires you to be less Sesame Street and more Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

That’s what’s been happening with me. With exams hurtling towards me, I’ve had to eat into my free time in order to stay on top of things, which has caused my absence from the blogosphere – imagine a sad pouting face…

I’ve not been able to work on my extra-curricular projects, which bring me so much joy (because I love procrastination so much!) – and that has been super frustrating. I’ve gone from being creative and bouncy to a really sad nerd with my head buried in heavy textbooks.

But I’ve decided to raise my blogging voice – I’m raising it at myself and the shouting is quite therapeutic – so bear with me if the upcoming posts are…different…to what you’re used to seeing here. I’m going to need your epic support in the coming months as I try to regain some balance to my life!

Looking forward to our next chat – a bit too excitedly!

 


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The colour of winter is blue

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Here in London, Winter and Autumn are two seasons so in love with each other that they fuse into one rainy-cold-dark seven month period. Technically, we’re in autumn now – you know if you measured the trajectory of Earth’s orbit around the Sun – but subjectively it feels far too cold to stick to restrictive terminology.

Winter Blues is most certainly real. If you ask a doctor they will explain that the correct term for it is Seasonal Affective Disordersounds serious right? It essentially means that your overall mood is affected by the seasons, in a negative way, and winter is the usual culprit.

How could one not feel saddened by winter? Sure, there’s Christmas and New Year’s to get excited about, and our American friends have their Thanksgiving celebrations, oh and let’s not forget how the holiday of Love sits towards the end of the season on the 14th of February. However, a few colourful party days can not alleviate the weight of winter – and so, it is the season of complaining.

I complain wholeheartedly about the brutal awakening each morning to the alarm clock, which is ahead of sunrise by two hours. Forcing myself out of bed when the world is dark and absolutely freezing is not only unnatural, but incredibly painful. I sleep in socks so I don’t have to place my feet on cold ground during the dash to the bathroom. With the dramatic shortening of daylight hours, I have to leave the house in the darkest hour and only manage to return long after the sun has disappeared!

I complain sincerely about the lack of greenery. Autumn strips all trees of their green colours and after a brief red-golden show, all that’s left behind are bare branches. Walking under the all grey sky, I can’t help but feel like everything around me is entering survival mode – and that’s depressing to think about.

I complain avidly about being ill. Recently I was struck down by the horrendous flu – coughing, sneezing, losing the inability to smell or taste food, developing a fever, aching all over and general grumpiness – the flu is a gift that keeps on giving!

And now winter is pretty much here in London. I’ve been layering woolly clothes in doors, drinking plenty of hot tea, and find that I’m still freezing when I venture outside despite being under a massive coat and a matching set of gloves and scarf.

I hope you all stay in good spirits this season!


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On a cellular level

How have you been?

I’ve been fine, thank you very much. This week has been a busy one, but productivity does feel good – so I can’t complain much! I have completed yet another animated Illustrated Health video, which I hope you will all enjoy (just go to the bottom of this post to see it)! This video is about the difference between healthy and cancer cells in our bodies. Cancer is a disease most of us have experienced the devastating effects of – even if you haven’t been afflicted by it, most of us know someone who has. My aim with Illustrated Health is to create awareness about different diseases and conditions, but also about how our bodies work – because let’s face it, if we become experts on our own health, we are bound to care much more about it! And cartoons make anything and everything more accessible!

On another note, I spent majority of the week procrastinating on the purchase of a pumpkin – and then I spent the eve of Halloween moaning about not having a pumpkin. Unfortunately, I sometimes become that person. But I did get dressed up for the occasion, and I decided to become an angry looking granny…how original, I know!

I hope you have had a wonderful week!

Enjoy the video!


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How to be a writer in 10 easy steps

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I am here to give you the only foolproof method to become an awesome writer. Following the steps below will ensure that you can sit in a swanky coffee shop, your laptop open in front of you with a hot beverage at hand, without looking like a fraud. Being a writer is the dream – you are employed full-time by your imagination and your creative fire – that’s why you need to take note of the 10 awesome steps on how to become a writer:

Step 1. Google something unrelated – do this for several hours at a time

I may call it research but the rest of the universe seems to call it time-wasting – whatever. Whether it is reading the news, checking out blogs, or watching videos – “research” is a key part of my writing process.

Step 2. Turn the kettle on and wait impatiently for that water to boil

Let’s face it, when you have to wait for something your mind becomes very work-orientated. Suddenly that mental to-do list you had been waving off into the distant parts of your mind become the top priority in the world.

Step 3. Switch on your computer and psyche yourself up for the intense work ahead of you

Again, the “waiting-focuses-the-mind-on-work” theory comes into play, along with the fact that you’re anticipating pure productivity to occur if only that computer would hurry up and start!

Step 4. Brew your tea

This is an important part of the process. Science has yet to prove that hot beverages increase productivity by 500% – but just trust me.

Step 5. Add some milk to your tea

I’d like to say this step is optional, but that would take away the Britishness of it all.

Step 6. Add a spoonful of sugar to your tea

To achieve perfection.

Step 7. Wait for your tea to cool down enough to not scald your tongue

An important part of being a writer is talking to yourself and anyone who would listen to your writing plans, this is why you should pop your cup of tea on your desk and patiently wait for it to become drinkable.

Step 8. Sit in front of your keyboard and complain internally about how hard being a writer is

Just as I am doing now…in my own special way.

Step 9. Write a few paragraphs following a moment of inspiration

Oh that spark of inspiration is invigorating, isn’t it? In an instant your mind is set on productivity fire and you type faster than lightning and you smile to yourself in pride.

Step 10. Feel quite chuffed with your hard work and return to step 1