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First of all, I want to clarify one thing: doing nothing is a perfectly legitimate way to spend time. Having fun (by playing video games, browsing Instagram stories or watching The Simpsons chapters you know by heart) is not a waste of time.

I deal with the anxiety of the quarantine by being busy, by learning and working (especially drawing) all the time, but that does not mean that this is the way to go. Each one relaxes in its own way and all the options are correct, so choose how you want to spend your time and don’t feel guilty for doing either too little or too much.

That being said, here are some of the things I’ve done these days:

Domestika courses

It’s always nice to learn a new skill, and for those who don’t have time to enroll in long courses or attend classes, Domestika courses are a lifesaver. I have completed a pair of courses that I bought months ago but had not been able to start. Now, they have also opened a section of free courses to watch during the quarantine and there is something for everyone. Highly recommended!

Catch up on the to-read book pile

Honestly, it was hard for me to focus at first, but since I am really stubborn I didn’t give up and in the end I made some progress. Another fun idea? Buy the same book (or ebook) with your group of friends and then discuss it with them as you go along. Another option are audiobooks, but I cannot comment much on the subject since I have not yet tried them.

Create just for fun

I’m learning to separate drawing for work from drawing for myself. One way is to use techniques that I don’t normally use or that I haven’t used for a long time, like ink or watercolors. Another way is to change places (for example, drawing on the terrace or in the dining room instead of doing it on the usual workspace) and reward yourself with a cup of tea or some cookies, with music or with a movie to make it more festive. Bonus tip: any chapter of RuPaul’s Drag Race will cheer you up.

In this case, I updated an illustration from years ago with to my current style.

Take care of yourself and your home

It may seem silly but cleaning, tidying up the workspace or the cabinets, cooking more elaborate dishes, taking a long bath or any similar activity makes my mind feel that everything is a little more “in order” and relax. If you live with someone, taking care of them (and letting them take care of you) also makes you feel good, it is a win-win situation.

Work as if my life depended on it

This is probably the least healthy thing I have done these days, but as I said at the beginning I need to be busy with something all the time, and while I am drawing I have less mental space to worry about abstract things. That is precisely why I have tried to alternate work with the previous activities, with light exercise and with quite a few video calls.

I created new illustrated banners for my social networks on the first days.

In short, I haven’t had time to get bored! Again, these are some of the things that have helped me on a personal level. And you? How have you been during the quarantine? Have you learnt new skills, worked hard, or spent time on that much-deserved rest? Tell me on instagram or twitter!

How could I ever imagine that, when I first started thinking of writing this blog, that I would write the very first entries while being stuck at home in the middle of a global pandemic. Because the situation is pretty weird right now.

And I know as an illustrator that the greater part of my routine is still working from home and in isolation (luckily this has favored me having a designated space for work and to relax after the workday is finished), but still I’m suffering the fact that I’m not able to go for a walk, that I’m seeing the spring pass by on the outside through the window, the lack of human contact and the constant worrying for my friends and relatives, the anxiety that all this produces…

And that’s why I have decided to share something with you to help relieve this stress by doing what I do best: drawing. In the link below you can download for free two coloring sheets with illustrations. I’ve tried to add a bit of humor so we can have fun by coloring them.

Download the files

 

In other news, I have opened a Ko-Fi account

Ko-Fi is a crowdfunding site in which you can help several artist by small donations (or coffees). It’s easy, quick and it helps us keep creating and, more importantly, to do so with a smile on our faces.

You can help me out here

Hello world!

 

Welcome to my first personal blog

I know this all blogging stuff is a little old-fashioned now, but I have always wanted to write one, and now that I have set my mind to become an illustrator I have decided to start writing as well.

To be honest, I have never been able to keep a diary for much long, but this time I’m decided to succeed! As Jake the dog says, Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.

 

So, what will you find in this blog?

I will write once a month (for now) about illustration, comics, design… I’ll give my humble opinion and share some tips about this subjects.

I will also talk about the latest projects I’m working on, show you part of the creative process behind my illustrations and the new products I’ll be uploading in my online store.

If you want to know a little more about me, here’s my social media networks:

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