illustrated moment

making sense with words and pictures


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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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Look at what I’ve been working on!

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Okay! Stop sending me judgement vibes! I haven’t posted as regularly as my sanity would like but I have been busy producing good stuff for all you lovely people – I promise!

Take a look at that picture – yes, that is my depiction of the human immune system. I’ve been working hard on a series of animated videos about medical conditions, and trust me when I say that I still have a long way to go before I can face publishing them online. It has been such an exciting project, but one which requires a lot of time and energy.

I wanted to show you this single frame from one of the videos, can you guess which disease I’m in the midst of explaining here?

My vacation time is coming to a swift end but I feel happy, rested, and mostly optimistic about my abilities to continue working on my creative projects while I work hard to graduate from university this year!


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Too stale to be Freshly Pressed?

Before you begin blogging you go on a metaphorical shopping trip. You are looking for the perfect host to lay your metaphorical blog eggs in – oh, why must I be so disgusting? 

When I found WordPress the clouds parted and the glow of the heavens above showered the Earth – oh yeah, there were also a few angels singing their hearts out. I signed up immediately and illustrated moment was born! *yaaaaay*

You ask most bloggers why they do what they do and they will tell you about their passion for writing. It’s a special kind of enjoyment you get from recording your thoughts and experiences in a way that other people can freely give their input. Blogging becomes a method of connection in the fleeting world of the internet.

No matter what your long-term ambitions of blogging are, when you sign up to WordPress you quickly become aware that there is an additional goal to achieve in life: to be Freshly Pressed.

Freshly Pressed is where the best mixture of articles from all around WordPress are brought together for your pleasure. I have found some of the deepest, funniest, saddest and interesting posts through this feature. The blogging network is vast beyond imagination, and it is really cool to have the staff at WordPress to take an interest in their unofficial writers, and with their help really unique blogs are raised to the surface.

But this is not intended to be a review or a rave of Freshly Pressed – this is an embarrassing admission of wanting to be featured on it, but not being good enough.

I’m a serial Googler – I will google how to do pretty much anything – so needless to say I googled ‘how to be Freshly Pressed’. The results of my search led me to many places which were saying the same thing: be original, write good content, no typos, wait patiently. So I waited patiently…and even more patiently…then a little impatiently…then I came to terms with it. Illustrated moment just doesn’t seem to be original, interesting or good enough. *turn up the volume on those violins*

I JOKE!

We know that illustrated moment is as cool as a unicorn eating a rainbow! It’s not our fault that WordPress is a giant machine with so many talented writers and creators who really do deserve the recognition for their labour of love! Freshly Pressed has always been the tab I visit when I’m seeking a little movement in my heart, a pearl of inspiration and unorthodox education – and it will never stop being awesome!

This blog has been great therapy for me. I have a little corner of the internet which is all mine! I get to draw out my imagination, I get to vent my frustrations, I get to celebrate the good feelings, but most importantly I get to talk to all of you lovely people. Sometimes the conversation seems a little one-sided, with me doing all the work to impress and dazzle you with my colourful nonsense, but sometimes you talk back – you write a comment or click a little star to officially ‘like’ what you see and send it my way, and I get the opportunity to peek into your thoughts – gosh, that sounds creepy.

So here’s a thank you to you, yes you, who took a moment out of your day to read about my moment. Writing is just writing when it is static on a page, but it has the potential to be one side of a great conversation if it is read and shared.

RUN FREE MY UNICORNS OF AWESOME!


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The unproductive weekend

What are weekends for?

Shouldn’t they be about sleeping in till noon, not caring enough to style your hair, ordering food for delivery, catching up on the shows you feel too embarrassed to tell your friends about, and taking naps – naps are good. I have no doubt that the creators of the week intended for Saturday and Sunday to be celebration days for the lazy soul inside all of us.

And then, work came along – and demanded as much of your life you could sacrifice for it. When you were a child and you brazenly told an adult that you were going to be a doctor, vet, astronaut, fireman and Batman when you grow up, I’m sure you didn’t expect the constant blood, sweat and tears they would suck out of you.

As with any child, I used to like doing things my way – and for me the perfect day involved drawing what I wanted, where I wanted, and deciding when enough was enough. I didn’t like the bit where I would get told off for getting more of the paint on my clothes than on the canvas – but adults hey? The only structure I wouldn’t object to during my perfect day was meal times – but then again, when have I ever objected to food?

Unfortunately, those days are in the archives of my memory bank now. Soon after being hit by the train known as puberty, I was yanked out of my childhood dreams of being a superhero space doctor and forced to face the harsh reality of the adult world. It was a dark place without much room from creativity and certainly no encouragement for those who wished to take an unorthodox route through life. Slowly but surely, everyone around me was being funnelled into one job or the other – and I would be expected to do the same.

The deadlines and tests kept coming at me, and they were the monsters which nibbled away at my evenings and weekends. Unless you can learn at your own pace and pursue areas of personal interest alongside all the necessary components of your education, being a student is nothing more than being a very poor human being who functions with high stress levels and a constant feeling that you aren’t doing enough. Why do you stick at it? Because there is a career at the end of it (potentially), and the hardships you endure today are supposed to fuel your ascent up the ‘career ladder’ everyone keeps raving on about.

Now I’ve never been one to enjoy strenuous exercise, and that ‘career ladder’ business does seem like hard work without the promise of a safety net to break your fall. But I do like a challenge, and this is the reason why my weekends are owned by textbooks and spent scribbling notes to be memorised at some point in the near future – hopefully. It’s why I don’t have a social life, and probably the ultimate reason behind my recently acquired antisocial tactics. You see, I am not supposed to enjoy myself on the weekends, I’m supposed to dismiss any notion of ‘free time’, especially with exams being so close. I’m supposed to measure the quality of my life in terms of productivity – but my short attention span took me on a joyride this weekend. Deep sigh.

I had the most unproductive weekend in the history of mankind. Fine, I ditched the textbooks in an effort to relax and have fun, but I was consumed by guilt majority of the time and I slept through the rest. I had made a conscious effort to post less on the illustrated moment blog (thank you for reading, kind sir and lovely madam) in the run up to exams, but here I was with ‘free time’ and no excuse, yet still unable to do anything I wanted. It has been the most unproductive and frustrating weekend ever. My life had lacked ‘free time’ for so long that a sudden abundance of the thing led me to freeze!

Oh and by ‘freeze‘ I meant ‘to continue abusing Netflix’s free trial, eat more burgers and sleep when I got a break from those two activities’.


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Facebook nerves?

Get in touch!

Get in touch!

I am so grateful that a lot of you sympathised with my social networking troubles – it means that my ineptness is not unique, and well, misery likes company.

A blog is open to the public. People stop by, often incidentally, to read your posts and gain some insight into the machinery that is your mind. Regardless of what you choose to write about, your blog is your passion, and you want people to see it. The illustrated moment blog was brought to life by the imaginary magical elves of the South Pole, and it has become a creative outlet for me that I can’t seem to stop thinking about! I enjoy writing and illustrating for the blog so much that I usually end up severely procrastinating on the other vital areas of life. If you are a blogger, then you understand the excitement of people stopping by to view your work. You’re open to praise and criticism – for you, they are both the start of a valuable discussion with your audience. The more people you can reach equals the more discussions you enter, and each and every one of them is intriguing and thought-provoking in their own right. You’re encouraged to cast your net wider, beyond the safe shores of fellow WordPress bloggers, and actually begin to make use of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and etc to reach potential readers. Personal experience tells me that it can be daunting.

The council of magical elves decided that the illustrated moment LinkedIn and Twitter accounts were only the beginning, and that it was necessary for everyone in the whole world to be able to access the blog – because the more people there are, the more awesome the party is! So now you can find illustrated moment on Facebook and get updates on shiny new posts directly to your newsfeed.

I can’t help but feel a bit nervous. I left Facebook after a dramatic epiphany and here I am asking for its forgiveness.

I blog to connect with the reader, who has kindly devoted their time by reading these posts. I blog to encourage the reader to share their opinion, because there is nothing more exciting than to hear someone’s take on your thoughts. So it’s a no-brainer when it comes to making illustrated moment more accessible in the fantastical kingdom of the internet, because as the illustrated moment community continues to grow I feel compelled to reciprocate their kind support by making it easier for them to keep up to date with the relevant nonsense that we lovingly post at illustrated moment.

Hope to hear from you soon!