Sunday, March 18, 2018

30 before 30 : Life - The Results


1. Travel Internationally: There's definitely a long list of places I want to visit throughout the world but these are my top destinations of the minute. Prague / Sweden / Thailand / Iceland (So this year was pretty bad for travel, as in I just didn't do it, at all. I have Slovenia booked for next year for my cousin's wedding, so it's already going to be a better travel year). 

2. Visit Scotland: So close yet so far. It's crazy to live in England and never have visited Scotland. (Nope, just nope).

3. Commit to regular exercise: And Yoga I choose you. All about strength and relaxation. I want a form of exercise that I will do each week, no getting sick of it and no flaking out. (This has been a little on and off, some months it's great but over the winter I've definitely been a little lax - I'm still hoping to turn this around)

4. Read all the unread graphic novels I own. I have a little stack of ones I haven't read yet and I would like to get that number down to zero before I am 30. (I didn't make it down to zero, but I did reduce the amount purchased this year. :)).

5. Learn to cook more recipes. It's no secret that I'm not a very good cook. I don't love it but I would like to feel more confident in the kitchen. (I've definitely cooked more this year, and different dishes too - whoop!).

6. Listen to more autobiographies. Last year I read a few and absolutely loved them all, especially when read by the authors/ celebrities/ comedians themselves. (I've listened to quite a few this year, and from different kinds of celebrities and comedians).

7. Get a car. This is still a tbc one. I do feel I should have one for visiting people more, and travelling to further places. But for my day to day I wouldn't use a car. (Sorry past me I didn't get a car, and like I said I really don't need one right now). 

8. Write more. I would like to post regularly to a schedule on my blog and social media, focusing less on just the photos or artwork I post. I have to add some background and personality to my pieces. (I've improved on my social posts, but for the life of me I can't keep a regular schedule on my blog. Make sure to follow me on instagram if you want up to date posts). ( @harrietalicefox )

9. Stop biting my nails. Easy Peasy or so you would think! (I'm not really doing very well at not biting my nails... I totally bite them all the time). 

10. Go to the theatre more - plays and musicals. Pretty self explanatory, I just don't use this source of media entertainment enough. (Yes, this year I saw; The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid Ballet and I have tickets for Cats). 

11. Organise my personal and illustration life. At work I am extremely organised and focused in the moment, but at home I am forgetful, I push things back. I would like to bring some of work Harriet's good qualities home with me. (I think I've improved as I am currently posting everyday on instagram, but there's still a way to go).

12. Read all my art / illustration books. Towards the end of last year I went on a spree of buying books about being an illustrator. I would like to put these to good use and read through them. (Not great on this one either - I still have a stack to be read - I'll get through them one day).

13. Go to the Cinema alone. (Yes done, multiple times. I actually quite like it).

14. Get a Pen Pal. The beauty of sending and receiving letters snail mail, these days everything is within reach and can be sent in an instant. (Sort of yes - My Nan and I have been sending letters back and forth, it's a great way to keep in touch with her as I don't get to see her that often).

15. Focus on and be positive about my Health. Exercise, Diet and regular check ups, just commit to looking after myself. (Meh - I've done ok but I could definitely exercise & diet more).

16. Practise more Photography. I have a snazzy camera and yet my favourite feature is the Auto button. (I'm getting better and I would like to continue to learn more).

17. Complete or even exceed my Good Reads Goal. This year I have set it to 30 books, an achievable goal. (Yay - I did this, 36 books during 2017).

18. Work on more illustrations and commissions. More work, less procrastination. (Yes, I've definitely spent more time on my artwork this year - this is great!).

19. Work on expressing my anger. I find it really hard to express myself sometimes, so when I'm mad or upset I will often rather say I'm fine and swallow my feelings than express them. This is definitely not healthy and something I need to work on. (I'm not a person to flip the desk, and nor do I want to be, but I have gotten better at expressing when things bother me, and not just accepting other people's bad behaviour).

20. Comedy shows. I love them so much, I need to go to more. (I didn't go to any).

21. Regularly donate to a charity. (Yes - I donate to cancer research each month).

22. Complete my 30 before 30 Movie challenge. (Sort of, I actually watched 22 out of 30).

23. Save more money or spend it wisely. What little disposable income I have I would like to either save it or spend it on better things, not just throw away items or stuff I'm not really bothered about. (I could be better at this, but I have improved, and still hoping to improve next year).

24. Visit a Spa (Yes. I've been a few times now, and oh my gosh I was missing out!).

25. Scrapbook more. The last two big holidays I've had - Japan and California - I have created scrap books for and really enjoyed making them. I would like to do this on a more regular basis. (I didn't do any scrap-booking of my own, but I did a lot for my sister. She got married and went on her honeymoon this year so wanted a scrapbook to remember everything, we ended up working on it together).

26. Go to an art or craft class. (I didn't go to any classes but I did attend online classes through skillshare. Skillshare is a great service and definitely worth a try via the free trial).

27. Do more Art videos and teach myself how to edit (This year I only created a couple of videos... so not great but it could have been worse! I would like to do more and learn more about editing). 

28. Buy less cheap clothes, spend more on quality pieces. Sorry Primark. (I've definitely bought less this year but not avoided Primark completely).

29. See Clean Bandit Live. This will all depend upon when and where the band are playing in the world. But I've got my fingers crossed. (I didn't get to see Clean Bandit Live).

30. Go to Disney. This may be a long shot, I've been lucky enough to go to a Disney park for the last two years. This will all depend upon holidays. (I didn't get to go to Disney :'( ).



Sunday, March 11, 2018

30 before 30 : Movies - The Results.



So I almost got there! Out of the 30 movies on my list I watched 22, there's still 8 for me to watch one day. I do like the idea of keeping a list, or creating a target for a year to see if you will get through. But it still doesn't mean you will achieve it all. :)

1. Gone with the Wind
2. All about Eve
3. Some Like it Hot
4. Mamma Mia
5. Napolian Dinamite
6. Roman Holiday
7. Being John Malkovich
8. Shawshank Redemption
9. Green Mile
10. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
11. Schindler's List
12. True Grit
13. Big Fish
14. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
15. Dead Poets Society
16. In Bruges
17. Duck Soup
18. Grand Budapest Hotel
19. Boogie Nights
20. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
21. Airplane
22. Man on the Moon
23. Casablanca
24. Breakfast Club
25. Goodfellas
26. Rushmore
27. Melancholia
28. The Artist
29. 2001 Space Odyssey
30. Trainspotting

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Grandad Keith's Artwork


Over the festive break I managed to photograph my Grandad's artwork and put it in a video for everyone to enjoy, and family to remember.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Reading Bug 2017!

In 2015 I read a total of 57 books, and my goal was 40 - this was awesome.
In 2016 I read 48 books, and my goal was 50 - Oh so close but still awesome.

During 2017 I decided to set my goodreads goal to be 30, just to take a little bit of the pressure off and hopefully be able to achieve my goal. 

My 2017 reading list
(All books are marked out of 5*)

-January-
-May-

-November-
Nothing :(

-December-
Amulet V4 The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi
****
Amulet V5 Prince of the Elves
****
Amulet V6 Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi
****

As usual I had a great start to reading this year and then it sort of faded out towards the end. I still beat my target of 30 though so that's great! By far the best series I read this year was the waking gods / sleeping giants by Sylvain Neuvel just try them you will not be disappointed if you like sci fi, and the best graphic novel series I read was Y the Last Man by Brian K Vaughan - absolutely fantastic and I could not recommend enough to comic readers!

Here's to 2018 and a whole new year of reading. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Robins


Loved working on these very Christmas-sy Robins this festive season. 
Created using Kuretake Watercolour paints and Muji fine liner pen and you can see a timelapse video of the whole process by clicking here. 



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Witches Sketchbook


This year I worked on two collab sketchbooks with @juliacusworth.

This sketchbook was rather different for me although the theme was witches I drew more witch related objects and themes and of course keeping the cutesy style, lots of skulls and potions and I particularly loved the quotes. 



My favourite page and the last, these pastel coloured skulls finish the book off so well.