19 July 2017

Studio days

Does anyone else feel the effects of the weather on their mood, as soon as I woke up this morning, I was in the grumpiest mood, not sure it was the weather, this scary commission I have to power through or missing my boyfriend to be honest it was probably a mix of all three. So in between said scary commission I decided to bring back a series I created back in 2014 called Tattitude girls, sassy tattooed women that I've drawn. My work goes through phases of colour and then black and white line work I can never just settle on one style, its tough being an illustrator and not fully falling into one category but I guess it means I get a variation of clients so thats exciting.

I've finally gotten around to grabbing myself a proper Bullet Journal as all the other I have attempt to write in have failed and I really wanted the dotted grid just so I can finally get this little old life of mine organised. It was pretty pricey from Amazon but I hope to fill it with all the wonderful things I come across and doodle. I really need to get myself out of this weird anxious agoraphobic state I seem to have slumped into I go through phases of wanting to just hibernate and draw its wonderful for my portfolio not so great for my special life, but it always comes in waves and I'm sure with the return of my boyfriend tomorrow I'll be a little less anxious and a bit more ready to take on the world.

I have realised recently this blog has become more of a place to dump my thoughts then to blog and actually give something back, so I have inline a few illustrated posts, top art shops in London and a few other more informative posts then woe is me I'm feeling rubbish so keep your eyes peeled.  

13 July 2017

Long distance and is it doable?

Let me tell you something I have learned in the last couple of weeks, long distance relationships suck, I have had them before, he's only away for three weeks but I hate them. I'm not a massive fan of being separated from anyone but it has been a struggle for me, the time difference also being a pretty big player in my loneliness, he's gone off to play in the rugby league World Cup or something like that and I am beyond proud but it's been tough. I make it sound so dramatic don't I? Especially after have a ton of my readers telling me they did it for years, it's just missing someone for any length of time is still missing someone.

It has however got it's positives like it's made me super productive helping me come up with my new line of tattoo inspired illustrated homeware. It's also been wondrous for my bank balance, we always go out for tea and not doing that for three weeks has meant I have a few more savings in the bank and thats always handy. 

This was a sort of trial for me, because we have a four month stint while he is stationed away in November that I am rather dreading, but I have constructively managed my time which I think is super important when someone you love is miles away. I am also never ashamed to admit that I am an over thinking dreading being cheated on again but I think sometimes thats a natural feeling when you have dealt with that in the past, I'm so so lucky that my partner understands that when I have wobbly moment that, thats all they are so thats nice. 

Communication is key and I think when he's away for longer I might actually write him a letter or two but we shall see about that, this day an age though with Skype and FaceTime it's made the long distance thing a lot easier. I guess that really all this has taught me is that its so important to appreciate the time that we chose to share with our significant other because thats what really matters and it is hard but it's totally doable. 

12 July 2017

Top five tips for working from home

So I have been working from home solidly for the last three years, I love it but at times to motivate myself can be a struggle so I thought I would share my top tips on how I manage to roll out of bed an actually do work. 

1. Make sure your work space is bright, engaging and with few distractions. 

For me it's important that my desk space has natural light, I have a massive printer that before was blocking most of the light getting into my work space, so I decided about a month ago to shift my entire space around so that I would have natural light all day, this picks me up. I have always been obsessed with nesting in my work space, I put up my favourite photos, buy endless pot plants and make my space a place that I want to turn up to everyday.

2. Limit your social media scrolling. 

I am a sucker for a good Instagram scroll, after a while I would find myself suckered in and less motivated to work after seeing all the wonderful work by other creatives, limit that scrolling do it for maybe 5 minutes on a coffee break, I have now taken to switching my phone off whilst I am working on client work just so I am not distracted by social media. 

3. Get comfy but not too comfy 

I am jeans kinda girl always have been always will be, so when I get dressed I now instinctively make a point of dressing as if I would be commuting to a studio,  I have recently snapped up a second hand jump suit/playsuit outfit that I feel hits all the right comfort, versatile and fashionable boxes, if I lounge around in pjs without doing my make up my brain often thinks it's not time to work, so get dressed and get sorted. 

4. Plan you work the night before 

So this is probably my top tip when you work from home or freelance you can often feel things or starting things pretty daunting, so the night before I roll out of my bed, I write my to-do list and leave it on my desk so I know whats my priority and whats not, its hard when you don't have a boss telling you what to do, but its a good kind of freedom. 

5.  Have regular breaks

Now I use to practically make an hour schedule for my working day, I am a little more relaxed about what I get up to but I felt guilty taking breaks, but now I go on 20 minute walks before starting a new piece, I take an hour off for lunch and it helps with my concentration rather then slogging away and not eating, I now take my time and enjoy my job, I treated myself to a new coffee machine so that its at arms length and I can stay in my space and relax it's a perk of the job. 

So those are my five tips for working from home, I know everyone is different and some people absolutely hate it but we make the best of what we have. Would love to know your top tips. 


11 July 2017

Behind the scenes of my tattoo vases.

 The last few weeks have been pretty busy and have had me travelling about with a few press events, award ceremonies and living without my boyfriend as he is away in Australia at the moment, so I had a few plain vases lying around in my studio and an idea popped into my head whilst I was working on a few commissions to bring back my old tattoo style that had been hidden in my sketchbook for the last few weeks and just to put it down onto the vases. 

It actually only took me around 2 hours to draw up  and complete the vase, I shared it over on Instagram and its had a wonderful response each piece is one off and I just love doing them, it's nice to be able to fuse my love for tattoos and home ware, between client work I am working on ceramic tiles as well just for a little bit of fun, it's nice to make sure you actually do your own work and mix that up with more steady pieces of work. I decided to go with the black background as it's so different to the brightly coloured vases from my Forget me Knot collection. You can actually purchase the black peony vase over on Ella Masters Studio store. 

© Illustrated Ella - The art of living | All rights reserved.
Blog Design Handcrafted by pipdig