Learning French / April 2013

Je ne comprends pas ce qui s’est passé. / I don’t understand what happened.
Elle tricote une écharpe pour son grand frère. / She’s knitting a scarf for her big brother.
Nous voulons des chambres communicantes à l’hôtel. / We want adjoining rooms at the hotel.
J'ai fait une erreur. / I made a mistake.

Shop / Happiness And Two Horses Print

Happy Spring! To celebrate my favourite time of year, there's a new print in my Etsy & Dawanda shops called Happiness And Two Horses. The girl in this illustration was loosely inspired by Elizabeth of the lovely blog Stoic & Pariah.

Tara Stiles & Being Pain-Free

This is a little illustration of Tara Stiles, the coolest yoga lady on the planet. If you don't know her already, check out her YouTube channel! I was lucky enough to meet Tara in London last autumn, so when I went to New York earlier this month I made sure to take some classes at her yoga studio, which is amazing. She also makes cooking videos and she knits great hats!

This is a bit of a different post, but since I hear from more and more illustrators that they're suffering from RSI, I thought I should mention that yoga has helped me so much. When I started drawing for hours every day at university I started to have really bad RSI which got worse over time. For four years I was in pain every day to the point where even lifting heavy cutlery (!) was painful. I also suffered from migraines since the age of 16 or so. 

When I started doing yoga (and running and other gym classes) it slowly got better and I've now been pain-free for about two years. My last migraine was also two years ago. So I'm very grateful to Yoga (as well as running, Zumba and generally going to the gym). I'm not a big fan of throwing out advice, but if you're starting out as an illustrator I definitely recommend beginning to exercise before it gets so bad that you can't work. And it doesn't necessarily have to be yoga, find something you enjoy. The more you sit, the stronger you have to be. It's something I wish they had taught us at university.