#BelindaDrawsHappy

A few days ago, the beautiful Amber from ollieharperstudio.com/@designxiety tagged me in an Instagram photo for a 30 Days of Illustration Challenge. I considered not liking/commenting on it (the digital version of pretending not to hear when someone is clearly talking to you) but only for a split second. Because "Why on earth not?" If there's anything I've learnt this year, it's to get out of your bloody comfort zone. 

I had to pick a theme for the 30 illustrations and made a list of the usual suspects (shoes, bags etc etc) but finally decided on the much broader: 

The perfect theme for the most festive month of the year!

The perfect theme for the most festive month of the year!

I've been illustrating full-time for about a year now and while "fashion illustrator" does describe what I do, it's still fairly broad and I've been struggling to find a niche - how do I differentiate myself from all the other talented fashion illustrators (other than with my style?). What do I want to be known for? Shoes illustrations? Monochromatic palettes? Ferns? (I draw a lot of those...)

I think this theme points me towards the right direction. I'm not one of those "sunshine, lollipops and rainbows" people - I still like my monochromes. But who said happiness can't be black and white (and possibly quite expensive)? 

I'm starting a hashtag #BelindaDrawsHappy - so show me on Instagram things that make you happy and I could totally illustrate it for you! ;) There are no limits - Valentino shoes (just drew these), Aqua S ice cream, these adorable Staffys - as long as it puts a smile on your face! (Extra points for forcing a gratitude attitude). 

Follow me on my 30 Days of Drawing here - here's hoping I make it! 

This smiling Frenchie HAS to make you smile, right?!

This smiling Frenchie HAS to make you smile, right?!

 

x Bel 

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