This month has been busy! Filled with bread (of course), friends, walks, lots of drawing, Pilates (always), blankets and a very messy studio. I can’t believe it’s 1st December today! It feels like it’s officially the lead up to Christmas now and I can only imagine that this month is going to fly by. I wish time wouldn’t pass so quickly at the moment, I feel like I can’t catch my breath! It’s all good things though but sometimes you just need a time out. I’m dreaming of a holiday… This month I finished my bread baking challenge…I promise this is the last time I’ll mention it :) I baked the final breads which were Bishop’s bread, cheese straws, french toast (I cheated) and cornbread (it failed.) Overall I was happy that I managed to keep up the challenge and it was fun (and tasty) to work on.
There’s been lots of walks this month and I became obsessed with taking photo’s of trees. I also started a new activity this month – jogging! I went for my first run a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been adding a jog once a week into my exercise regime. I’ve been going with Brooke which has helped me get into it and given me the motivation as we arrange on the day our next jog.
This season is a busy one for me work wise and I’ve been fortunate to have been kept out of mischief this month with lots of lovely commissions. This week I finish the Running Press cookbook and illustrating it has been a labour of love – we worked out that it’s been nearly a year in the making (and that’s just the illustration/design side of things.) I also got to work on some editorial jobs this month which was nice. I worked with Super Yacht Life magazine on two double page spreads and a single spread where I got to draw tons of architecture (one of my favourite things to draw,) I did an editorial illustration for Boots Health & Beauty magazine – out next month! My usual illustrations for the February issue of Waitrose Kitchen. I worked on an invitation for a luxury handbag brand’s store opening, a large scale A2 personal piece for a previous client, did some illustrations for a book pitch for Penguin (dream client and such a FUN project!) and was contacted by a Braziliain publishers who wanted to publish my speculative cover ‘The diving bell and the butterfly,’ illustration as they’re releasing a new cover of the book (with the wording changed to Portuguese.) Phew, it really was a busy month!!In terms of goals I really wasn’t focused on them this month as I had so much on. They were always in the back of my mind but actually stressed me out more than did anything positive for me so I let them go this month. I did complete my goal of the bread baking challenge but I haven’t made a dent in my personal illustration projects and sketchbook keeping, perhaps December is the month for that?
Hope you had a good November and you’re excited for Christmas coming, it’s also my two brothers and my birthday this month so there’s going to be lots of festivities, yay!