Hopelessly Hopeful

Hey there!
Welcome back to my blog, I hope you’re having a terrific week!

It’s been a bustling and slightly chilly week here in Florida, I’ve been making an effort to get up at 6am most days again so I can get some work done before my husband wakes up so we can hang out in the mornings before he leaves for his shift. That mostly means continuing work on the kinder portraits.

Over on YouTube this week I baked some jam drop biscuits and painted away with gouache. I also shared the final artwork over on Instagram.

I’ve started sharing work that’s a little more vulnerable and honest over on Instagram too because I feel like right now I surely can’t be the only one who has experienced homesickness or sadness.

Lastly I’ve been drawing digitally a lot because it’s a medium that feels very instinctive to me right now. The illustration below won’t be far off being posted on instagram by the time this post goes up but the theory behind it is hopelessly hopeful-ness.

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aaaand that’s about it from me this week! I’ve got a few projects on the go that are a little more secretive right now so be sure to visit my Patreon page if you’d like to know more about that!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving! x

Bullet Journals and Brush Work

Howdy!

I don’t know about you but I have a sneaking suspicion that the weeks are flying by faster and faster! I hope you’ve been having a lovely week. This week I worked on my sister’s bullet journal as a bit of a personal project. She hates making the spreads meanwhile I love it so it’s my annual Christmas present to her.

 I love adding cute little banners and headers to things like this in bullet journals!

I love adding cute little banners and headers to things like this in bullet journals!

I shared my flops and faults in a video all about using masking fluid (and got some fantastic advice in the comments)!

I played quite a bit with gouache for a project I’m currently working on (find out more over on Patreon!) so I shared this little peek from my sketchbook over on Instagram. I’ve loved painting before line work, it’s getting me familiar with playing with brushes again!

To top the week off I worked on some kindergarten (pre-K in US terms) portraits for my Mum as a bit of a side project to help her out with end of year portfolios!

It’s been a fun and busy week so I’m glad to be getting back to something a little more quiet next week! I’ve got big plans for the next few months in terms of self motivated projects and plans so if you’d like to be ahead of the game visit me over on Patreon to find out more.

Have a great weekend, thank you for being here!

A Festive Spooky Week

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

The hustle and bustle of this week has been playful and fun, in the midst of Halloween and all things fall I’ve been working a lot on finishing up Inktober, this week’s YouTube video and some up and coming projects for 2019.

The week started off with finishing up an illustration that was inspired by a recent trip to Hunsader Farms for their Annual Pumpkin Festival, you can find the video below.

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The final week of Inktober came up very very quickly this week and although I’m (secretly) a bit relieved to see the end of it I had a lot of fun saying goodbye to this challenge. You can see all of the illustrations over on Instagram.

The last bit of this week consisted of a little bit of self motivated work that has been a bit more personal to me. I’ve been itching to just draw for the sake of it a little more so this week was the perfect opportunity to scribble for me again now that Inktober has settled down.

 A desktop wallpaper I created for myself on Leonardo

A desktop wallpaper I created for myself on Leonardo

 A page from my sketchbook that I did on Halloween.

A page from my sketchbook that I did on Halloween.

That just about covers the illustration work I’ve been getting on with this week! If you’d like to get all the details about my current projects and have more exclusive access to my work (including my sketchbook, seeing my videos first and fortnightly podcast updates) you can support me on Patreon where I share all these rewards.

A little hello

Hi there!

I’m Chelsea, an Australian illustrator based in Port Charlotte, Florida. I’m new around this side of the planet so I thought the best way to introduce myself would be to post on here weekly about the projects I’m working on and to show you what I do!

I’ve been freelancing in illustration for 3 and a half years and I moved to Florida in September of this year to marry my husband Justice who is a Floridian. Prior to moving to Florida I was living in Preston, Australia in a shoe box of an apartment.

In this week’s blog post I’m going to give you a little taste of the work I’ve been doing over the last month so next week we can dive into fresh work!

 A pencil illustration for  Inktober  which I’m participating in on  Instagram

A pencil illustration for Inktober which I’m participating in on Instagram

A small collection of digital illustrations I’ve been doing as a part of Inktober on Instagram which has been a really engaging challenge as I’m quite new to digital illustration!

 The cover of my new sketchbook that I’ve started this month!

The cover of my new sketchbook that I’ve started this month!

A little collection of tunes I’ve been playing on repeat while I scribble this month.

I also started making hand painted cards! I’m looking at doing this in a lot more depth when I reopen my Etsy shop in the coming months.

Last of all I’ve been keeping a weekly video schedule over on YouTube! I’ve been sharing my sketchbook, time lapses of my process on Leonardo and I’ve even been cooking! It’s been all sorts of fun.

I think that’s definitely enough to start you guys off with an update! If you made it this far thank you! I promise the coming blog posts won’t be as much of a mad splosh of information! xx