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Fighting the burnout – Step 3: To infinity and beyond

Hi everyone!

Today our space adventure comes to an end but don’t be sad, there will be new ones!

He’s alive!

I know, this is the second film quote today (well almost, the original is “It’s alive!”) and I haven’t even written that much yet. It could be because I did film studies when I was younger or maybe it’s just that those quotes are so famous that it’s difficult not to think about them.

Anyway, one of the first things I did today was to paint the little astronaut’s face.

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Planets

I also worked some more on the planets adding colour, rings and land on the big blue one.

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(Reaching for the) Stars

Finally, I got to paint one of my favourite parts: the stars (if you have been following this series of posts I was already looking forward to that on day 1)!

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Conclusion

I am very happy with the result!

I’m sure that when I look at this illustration again in a few months (maybe it will even only take weeks or days… or hours) I will be more critical about it and point at things that are not quite right or that I could have done better. And that’s okay.

But for now, the paint on my palette and my brushes aren’t dry yet and I am just happy, and here’s why:

1.I drew the sketch back in February. After such a long time this sketch could have just been forgotten like a lot of my other sketches but it actually became a physical painting!

2. I didn’t use any references other than my initial sketch and didn’t even trace the illustration before starting – this could have gone wrong in so many ways, but it didn’t!

3. I wrote about my process! (Whoop, whoop!) I do normally share work in progress on Instagram – the convenience of pictures and the immediacy is nice but sometimes it is good to sit down and reflect on what just happened.

4. I am very happy because it worked! When I started working on this project I was feeling drained. My brain was submerged with self-doubt. I was lost! Taking some ‘me time’ and painting whatever I wanted however I wanted showed me that I can draw, and paint, and that I have a personal voice. You might think “Duh! Of course you can draw!” but unfortunately sometimes the obvious doesn’t seem so obvious.

Anyhow, I am thrilled that this experiment worked! Now I feel more confident and excited again!

Well, I guess there’s only one thing left for me to say:

Have a great weekend and see you next time for some new adventures on Camille’s land!

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Fighting the burnout – Step 2: Baby steps

Hello! Welcome back!

Fighting burnout might take some time but what matters is to go one step at a time.

I already feel more excited and motivated than I was yesterday when I started so hopefully this is working.

Either way, thank you for accompanying me on this journey!

Below is today’s progress in pictures.

Halo

Today, I started with adding halos around some of the planets.

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Making a mistake… and fixing it

While painting the small planet next to the astronaut I made a mistake: I painted past the outlines that I had set and gradually enlarged the planet (think snowball effect) until it touched the helmet. I tried to make it look like the astronaut was overlapping but the planet was way too big both in relation to both the astronaut and the planets around, and it didn’t look too good so I had to paint over it.

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Extravehicular mobility unit (aka the spacesuit)

I find space and space-related stuff absolutely fascinating! Although for this piece I am not looking at any references other than my skecthes from February (see yesterday’s post), which is rare for me, I am still learning a bunch of things while checking the spelling of some words for this post (e.g. figuring out if ‘spacesuit’ is written as one or two words – the NASA spells it as one word so I’ll go with that, I mean those guys probably know what they’re talking about).

For example, in space talk if you take your EMU out you are not suggesting that you are taking a large ostrich-like bird outside of the spacecraft but you are actually referring to your spacesuit (or extravehicular mobility unit).

Okay I’ve just made up this example but an extravehicular mobility unit is actually shortened to EMU and it made me giggle that it looks like the name of the bird.

Anyway, back on track.

On a piece like this patience is key. I have to add layer over layer to make the colours more opaque, especially white.

Here you can see some progress on the spacesuit:

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Layering some more

I then added some more layers to the planets before I can start working on the details. The spaceship now also has a window!

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And this is where I stopped and where I leave you for today!

I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Fighting the burnout – Step 1: Acknowledging it and taking action

It’s somewhat ironic that exactly a month after feeling so pumped I am now feeling that I am reaching a near-burnout point.

It is nice to talk about the happy things – you know, those times when you are making progress and everything seems to go well – but I think that it is also important to acknowledge that there are also moments when I feel creatively drained and when I feel kind of lost.

I am in one of those phases at the moment and it’s not good to stay in that zone for too long so I decided to take action.

I am starting a new personal project that I will be sharing with you step by step.

Maybe something will come out of that and maybe not. Maybe I will love it and maybe it won’t be my best piece of work. Who cares? What matters right now it to give myself something to focus on. Something that I can have fun with and that will hopefully revive my ‘creative spark’ in the process.

The project

The theme

I wanted to paint something to do with space because I had a lot of fun working on my last space painting and I felt that I wasn’t completely done with the theme yet.

While having a quick flick through the pages of my sketchbook I found those very rough sketches from early February this year.

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So that’s it! Put on your space suit people because we’re going into space!

First thing first…

Space means A LOT of dark blue. I naturally started painting the background first.

Here is a quick hyperlapse:

Then I painted some placeholders for my little space guy and his spaceship, and for planets. I can’t wait to add the stars – it’s a really fun part! – but I think I will wait until pretty much the end for that.

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By the way, if you think that you are seeing some shapes in the background you’re not mad: I painted the background over an illustration that I didn’t like and redid on a different sheet of paper (yes, I am one of those people who doesn’t like waste). Hopefully those shapes will disappear as I start adding details to the painting.

Aaaannnd… that’s it for today, but stay tuned as I will keep sharing my progress on this painting!

Until then, take care!

Blogging review

I was just watching some my friend Trista’s vlogs and today she really got me thinking.

In one of her latest posts she talks about the changes she is going to make to her vlogs and why. One of her main reasons for making changes she says is that she hasn’t been happy with the quality of her most recent vlogs.

That totally struck a chord because I feel the same way about my blog posts.

When I look back at 2016, a lot of improvements where made to my blog at the beginning of the year (in terms of the overall look, I was posting twice a week, etc.) and then things changed a few weeks (maybe even months) before Christmas.

So what happened?

One of the major changes is that around October I became more active on Instagram (it was Inktober remember?). This means that all of a sudden, the content that I was posting on here I was also posting on there. And when people come to see what I do, they don’t want to see the same things everywhere (I certainly find it more intersting when I follow somebody and their content varies from one platform to another).

This was confirmed by an illustration and portfolio consultant I spoke to around that time.

I was advised to use my blog to talk more about my creative process, and Instagram for the images that I was posting on my blog until then (both finished pieces and behind the scenes snapshots).

I thought that this piece of advice made perfect sense and to be fair I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of that myself as it sounded pretty obvious.

But quickly after that I realised that:

  • A lot of the time, I don’t really know what to write about
  • The lack of inspiration means I can’t keep posting as regularly as I used to, and to be honest I liked that frequency
  • Writing takes time and I don’t have much of it these days (I know, I know, it’s a question of reassessing my priorities and changing some of the ways I do things in order to make the time; except that I am not ready yet to make the change)
  • And finally, I don’t enjoy writing that much (ironic for a post that is all text). When I say “writing” I mean essay-type content. I am more of a “lots of pictures with a short blurb” than an “lessons learnt” type of person

So in the past months I have been posting less, I have enjoyed blogging less, I have been unhappy with the quality of the whole thing and as a direct result I feel that I have let you, my dear readers, and myself down.

This needs to change!

So while I spend some time reassessing what I want to do, write and show on Camille’s Land and if you’ve made it this far in your reading, now is your chance to let me know what you would like to see/read more of this year (FYI I can’t post videos on here). I’m all ears!

Thank you all for your support, comments and your suggestions so far!

 

 

 

 

Branching out

Hi everyone!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a little while may have noticed that some of my recent illustrations have been more – what to call it?… – more ‘adult’ in a way.

How did I get there from my light-hearted and sometimes quirky children’s illustrations?

Well, I do still love drawing for children. A lot!

But sometimes I also feel like I want to draw something else.

I started doing it ‘in private’ (my boyfriend owns a whole collection of such drawings and doodles) before I even considered posting them anywhere on the internet. Then I realised that it wasn’t incompatible with what I was already drawing.

It’s still ‘me’. Just a different aspect of my art and my personality, a different ‘mood’ for a more grown-up audience.

Hungry devices (below) is my latest one.

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If you like this,  why not go take a look at the other ones:

Look! I am a unicorn!

Shitty days

Strangely Silly Things

 

 

Crocs, The Return

The other day I was looking at my crazy crocs and I had an idea that I had to try! Here are my crocs again, revamped and getting ready to be put on some exciting products.

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Paperjam Competition

Hello!

It’s been one of those weeks that gets very busy and goes really fast, so my apologies for my absence this week. For my defence – I do feel a bit guilty hence the urge to justify myself – I have been volunteering at the Spark Children’s Art festival, that is running until tomorrow in Leicester. See, I was doing something good!

Now…

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I have just submitted four illustrations to Ohh Deer’s Paperjam competition ! Feel free to go have a look (you will know which ones are mine because it says “by Camille” at the bottom), vote for me if you like my work or just enjoy all the great illustrations that have been submitted! And don’t hesitate to share with your friends!

I hope you enjoy what you see, there’s a lot of great stuff on there! Thank you if you vote for me, no offence taken if you don’t.

I’ll be back next week with some new work to show you.

In the meantime, have a great weekend and take care! 🙂