#FollowFriday – Keira

For a while I have been taking the opportunity on Friday to share some of my internet favourites with you, this week I would like to share the work of someone who is not only one of my internet favourites, but a real life one too.

Keira Heil is an incredibly skilled artist and writer, and I can’t recommend his social media account highly enough.  If you are looking for beautiful, detailed drawings to top up your creative bank account then you can find them here:

Keira has very kindly given me permission to post some of his awesome work here.  Below are just some of my favourites, there are so many to choose from.

Keira has a love for Sci-Fi and Comic art and it shows through in his dramatic and graphic style of drawing.  A few years ago we jokingly made up a character together called the Haberdasher, and you can find my attempt at a cover here.

Keira and his lovely partner Alex, also happen to own a plant and coffee shop in Devon, if you enjoy Instagram accounts with strong and fresh aesthetics then I would recommend checking out the Crown and Cotton feeds too.

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Give yourself the gift of time

As a creative person, do you recognise this:

I have had this idea, and I think it could be something really good.  But I don’t have time to give any real thought right now.  I’ll start it tomorrow.. next week… next month… I mean… I’ll get around to it eventually.

I know I feel that way.  In a way posting a doodle a day, every day has become a bit of a double edged sword.  On one hand it has encouraged me to commit to a daily practice which has lead me to producing more images than I thought I was capable.  However on a busy day it can become the procrastinating tool or block that I could really do without in my life.

banner 3I can sometimes become locked into a pattern of producing because I feel I have to and not because I want to, and that really affects the pride I feel in sharing a piece.  So when my good buddy Paul Macauley posted that he was hosting a workshop that would help shake creatives out of their funk I couldn’t wait to hand over my money (which is a rare occurrence this year).  In 2019 I have committed to making myself a better person, and that work needs to take place internally as much as it needs to take place externally.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time.  On the first of January I made a dramatic change to my eating.  For over a decade I have had a very unhealthy relationship with food.  I have been obsessed, in love, and completely dominated by food.  I have been using food as a way to sooth any discomfort (physical or emotional) I feel. I have been stashing junk food away like a squirrel preparing for a 15 year long winter, and lying to (and lashing out at) loved ones when they express a concern.

However with the support of a few good friends (and a very competent therapist) I have promised myself that I will not turn 30 and hate what I see in the mirror any more.  In order to pull this off I am going to have to lean into other soothing tools which I have allowed to take a back seat to my food obsession.  Which means I am recommitting myself to drawing again.

Scan 62In particular I am going to finish at least one of the larger projects I have been chewing on.  I did some creatively focused coaching with Paul at the end of last year (as well as a podcast and a book), so I know that the trust I place in him will be totally rewarded with a rich and fulfilling day.  My hope is that in posting this I will also encourage a few more people to sign up and support him.

I can honestly say that I have rarely met a kinder and more thoughtful human being.  So if you are in Brighton in January, please consider this as something to gift yourself.  A day where you can focus in on making something that is important to you.

What is the day about?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have more confidence in what you’re doing? To more authentically express what is yours to make? To see a way forward that feels exciting and full of possibility?

In this fun, collaborative and supportive workshop I will share inspirations and exercises that invite you to open your head, heart and hands to:

  • Liberate your true wants and deeper intentions
  • Develop your thinking and principles
  • Identify small, meaningful onward actions
  • Rediscover the playfulness of ideas and making things

The expression of your unique experience and understanding is important. Let’s make the things we love in a meaningful way and share them with the world.

Where can I book?

EventBrite: And for a limited time only, there’s 25% off.

 

 

 

(In case you missed) Creative Loving Spirit (podcast rec)

As I write this I am listening to me and my dear friend Paul Macauley talk.  I recently had the privilege of joining him on his podcast Creative Loving Spirit.  It’s a privilege because it’s not often I get to talk about art and my blog to people, and speaking to someone like Paul who asks good questions is quite joyful.

So please listen, I hope you enjoy and don’t just listen to my one, there is a whole series to fill your ear holes with!

 

Creative Loving Spirit (podcast rec)

As I write this I am listening to me and my dear friend Paul Macauley talk.  I recently had the privilege of joining him on his podcast Creative Loving Spirit.  It’s a privilege because it’s not often I get to talk about art and my blog to people, and speaking to someone like Paul who asks good questions is quite joyful.

So please listen, I hope you enjoy and don’t just listen to my one, there is a whole series to fill your ear holes with!