Fan-girl Friday: The Bad Beginning

Here is yesterday’s Fan-girl Friday. I didn’t have a chance to post it in between the craziness of the week end. 
Today’s post is apt considering that it is Friday the 13th. This week I am loving something that I have looked for for a long time; Book the First: The Bad Beginning from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the first book of my absolute favourite childhood series. I have been collecting the stories from second hand stores, because why buy new when you can buy loved? Also, its way cheaper. For example, this one cost me R20 and the condition is relatively good.

The books contain the wonderfully horrible tale of the Baudelaire orphans. I believe wholeheartedly that these books begun my love for really bad endings. There is no clichéd happiness in the last chapter and the books are filled to overflowing with despair and impossible situations, yet the siblings always manage to slip from the grip of their nemesis through ingenuity and a touch of luck.

Not only are they well written; they are beautifully illustrated too. The designs are shaded with a specific hatching pattern that somehow, through the course of reading the 13 books, ingrained itself into my brain. It is a pattern that I doodle all the time. I thought that I had come up with it of my own accord, but as it turns out nothing is truly original!

I recommend this series to anyone who has the ability to read. It is a definite favourite. 

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Here is yesterday’s Fan-girl Friday. I didn’t have a chance to post it in between the craziness of the week end.

This week I am loving something that I have looked for for a long time; Book the First: The Bad Beginning from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

image

This is the first book of my absolute favourite childhood series. I have been collecting the stories from second hand stores, because why buy new when you can buy loved? Also, its way cheaper. For example, this one cost me R20 and the condition is relatively good.

The books contain the wonderfully horrible tale of the Baudelaire orphans. I believe wholeheartedly that these books begun my love for really bad endings. There is no clichéd happiness in the last chapter and the books are filled to overflowing with despair and impossible situations, yet the siblings always manage to slip from the grip of their nemesis through ingenuity and a touch of luck.

Not only are they well written; they are beautifully illustrated too. The designs are shaded with a specific hatching pattern that somehow, through the course of reading the 13 books, ingrained itself into my brain. It is a pattern that I doodle all the time. I thought that I had come up with it of my own accord, but as it turns out nothing is truly original!

I recommend this series to anyone who has the ability to read. It is a definite favourite. 

Fan-girl Friday: Copic markers

Whenever I plan to have any structure on this blog I manage to fail epically.

Not this time! I want to start doing something here called ‘Fan-girl Fridays’. The idea is to share every Friday something that I’m loving, or ‘fan-girling’ over. This will range from new things, to old things and will include writing by other people, books, movies, make-up, pens, music, people, furniture, pictures and much more. If I like it, you will know about it.

So to kick off my first Fan-girl Friday, here’s something I’ve had for a while, but fell in love with yesterday.

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Its my Copic markers! I only have two colours, Light Pink and Pale Cobalt Green, but I love them! Mine are the ‘Ciao’ markers. They create such smooth colour and are perfect for these little illustrations that I have been doing. The one pictured is not one of my best as it was super rushed, but I like it anyway because it captured a piece of my day. The colours go beautifully together and they are super fluid with a tip on each side of the marker; one is like a Highlighter’s shape and the other is a brush shape with a flexible tip. Copic has a wide range of products, so check out their website if you’re interested in what they have to offer.

If you’re arty, into illustrating, enjoy crafting or just appreciate a good marker, you need to give these a shot. I didn’t buy mine for myself, they were a gift from my person, but I think that they are available at the Deckle Edge. They’re on the expensive end of things, but they truly are worth it.

happy moments

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My heart is happy. After a weird two days that are kind of mashed in my brain, I feel I’m getting somewhere. I did some source book work this evening while Paige sat on my floor and wrote an essay for college. There is just something about sharing that time, listening to awesome music and feeding off each other’s creativity. This girl, she inspires me a whole bunch.
Above are random little sketches inspired by a piece I’m working on as my exam practical at the moment. Its pages like this that make me smile. Many layers, so much feeling and a speed that captures the moment in a way that meticulousness can’t. They may not be accurate, but they are me. These are the pictures that best show the world a little of who I am. If I explained my source book to anyone, they would probably know everything about me.