Of Mermaids and Patience

Wow I can't believe it's June already - this year is totally flying by! I haven't really been doing a very good job of keeping this blog updated, so now I'm going to do a recap of what has happened in May and what's going on in June with me right now in this one blog post :)

During the month of May I participated in Mermay; a month-long challenge, created by Tom Bancroft (who I met in person at this year's MEFCC), where you basically draw a mermaid everyday! I've never drawn a single mermaid in my whole life before so I thought it'd be a good break (but still challenging) after doing the larger pieces of illustrations in January and February - I find that it's a good idea to change what I draw every now and then to keep me interested and motivated (and avoid me becoming stale!).

Although I didn't manage to draw 31 mermaids, due to work, being ill etc., I thought I still did pretty good! I felt it was a really good exercise for me as it helped to push the poses and expressions of my characters a little bit more! View all my MerMays below or on my Instagram!

By the end of May I had over 1K more following on my IG, which I'm still really surprised about! I think the main reason for this is that my first mermaid was reposted by Tom on his Instagram (which I'm forever grateful about!). Thanks Tom for hosting such a fun challenge!

This year the month of Ramadan began on the 27th May. I want to say Happy Ramadan, but we're already half-way into it now haha! For those who don't know, during this month many Muslims, including myself endure a period of daily fasting - from dawn till sunset. I live in the UK and the sun doesn't set until past 9pm here so we are going without food or water for more than 18 hours! Yes, it's totally doable (if ya wanna give it a try ;)) but you have to be mindful of what you do as to not waste whatever energy you have - patience is also key. If you follow my Instagram, you've probably noticed that I haven't been posting as regularly as before - the reason for this is that I've been taking naps or just a lie down everyday after I come home from work, which leaves no time for personal drawings. But don't worry! It won't be forever. Hopefully I'll feel more refreshed and inspired after Ramadan! :)