Design & Illustration, Personal

Embrace the glorious mess that you are

Can you believe I never tried colouring in an illustration in Photoshop before? Ok, that’s not true, I did all of these covers in Photoshop, but I never tried something using this technique. I always tend to use Illustrator for text, which isn’t always the best solution. So when I decided I wanted to participate in Fab’s #DoMoreInOctober and illustrate one of my favourite quotes, I decided it was time to branch out a bit and to try something new.

Favourite quote: Embrace the Glorious Mess that you are - quote illustrated by Eline Van der Gucht ©

Who knew putting colour in an illustration was so easy? I didn’t for sure. I’m already looking forward to making more illustrations in photoshop. Maybe I can put some colour on some of my #inktober pieces…

Favourite quote: Embrace the Glorious Mess that you are - quote illustrated by Eline Van der Gucht ©

Anyway, about the quote. I can’t say it’s my favourite quote ever. I have a hard time finding favourites of anything, but it’s a quote that floated on the internet this week and I really liked it. It’s a gentle reminder that we should all be a bit more gentle to ourselves.

In this age where a lot of people seem to lead perfect lives, have perfect bodies and seem to have everything under control, it’s not uncommon to feel like a bit of a mess. I do think the pressure society and the media puts on people to live up to such images is a mistake. People should just be able to be themselves and should be able to enjoy being themselves, however big or small a mess they are.

So this week I’ll:

  • try to smile instead of scowl when I look in the mirror
  • try to be happy with the illustrations and drawings I make (instead of hate them the moment they’re finished)
  • try to pat myself on the back when I tried my best, but still failed to complete my to do list
  • try to be a less harsh critic, both for myself and the people that surround me

So, be kind to yourself this week. Embrace all the tiny, freaky, geeky, weird tidbits that make up the person that is you. 🙂

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  • Reply Fab October 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Such a beautiful quote, and you illustrated it so nicely!

    What you said is so true, it’s so easy to bring yourself down and feel unhappy with what you have/are (I’m guilty of it myself), so it’s good to have a reminder to embrace what we are no matter what, it can definitely being a starting point to feel and also *do* better 🙂

    Thank you for the inspiration, I’ll also try and be more positive this week!
    (And also thank you for checking out my project! <3)

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