Grüetzi from Switzerland, my friends! The journey continues, eh?
I finished this piece during my stay in Catalonia a few months ago for a little feminist zine run by Armpits4August in the UK. It was to accompany an article I wrote about PCOS & the related issue of 'hirsutism,' or excess body hair. The issue of female body hair was raised in the press pretty often (comparatively) in 2013, discourse which I think is totally crucial, particularly for young women with PCOS. The discourse shows women they aren't chained to their razors, & hopefully with more ladies taking the leap it will become less of a spectacle to be how nature intended. Think of all the time, energy & money saved to be put into drawing, or dancing, or knitting mittens for hedgehogs, taken away from shaving. So I'm starting up my own hairy utopia in 2014.
It's the first article I've had published, which made me very happy because I'm writing a lot nowadays. I was even happier that they let me illustrate my article, (is it cheating to illustrate your own article?) & it was a good test of my 'on the road' illustration set up!
Switzerland doesn't have any beaches...
Posted by Cathy at 22:34
I'd been playing with this for yonks, then I realised what it needed; a man in tweed. A quick sketch for Illustration Friday in between adventures :)
Hoping to get this one polished off, too, cos I'm quite fond of him! I think he worked at the school, teaching geography by day & moonlighting as a semi-professional cat breeder by night. Then something changed, & he ends up getting to the bottom of some pretty big, pretty old secrets!
I'm making another attempt at more vintage muted colours, too. Onwards bound! :)
I've been a long time silent; I apologise. Since my last post in June(ish) I've been happily homeless in a non-serious-honestly-I'm-not-going-to-die way, & mainly doing Epic Shit. At the moment I'm being an au pair in Somerset, but in the next few weeks I'll be moving again, either Devon to live with some donkeys, or to Bath to work in a youth hostel. I'm putting together a project that should pull all my chaos together but for the moment I'm working on illio work as a nomad soul, which is very liberating. Still open for business, just you never know what you'll hear in the background when you give me a call ;D
Here are a few bits & bobs I've been playing with since I left anyway. Being around kids makes drawing them much easier.
Where are my dragons?!?!
Oh, there they are. My Khaleesi! I am not ashamed to admit my burning Game of Thrones fandom. For those who don't care about GoT, do you like my dragons? They were really fun to draw.
In news, I am Catalonia bound tomorrow morning! Until the end of June I will be working on an organic vegetable & poultry farm in Girona. I am so looking forward to it it's not even normal. I will be taking photos, & a sketchbook, so expect some really nice drawings of ducks when I get back.
Until then, I am available on email with ease, on phone less so because we're a bit out in the sticks, but I'm not totally off grid. So don't ignore me, I get lonely, with only ducks for company. & my sister, but she's a bit duck-ish I suppose.
Wish me luck, darlings! xxx