This week I started a new kourse with Sketchbook Skool. I haven’t taken one of their multi-teacher kourses in a long time and this one – called The Whimsical Sketchbook – looked like fun so I signed up.
The first teacher was illustrator Rebecca Green and the assignment was to illustrate a character or scene from one of your favourite books. I chose to illustrate a short story from a book by Tove Jansson called Letters From Klara. I didn’t feel confident enough to draw a character so I decided to draw all the details mentioned in the first short story of the book – also called Letters From Klara.
I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out and I felt slightly out of my comfort zone but I was pleased with the finished drawing, although I feel like I could keep tweaking this one for ages.
This week I’m really excited to share with you some work I recently did with the M.E Action Network. To support their current fundraising campaign we worked together to make this special gold shoe pin. On 12th May, people with M.E place pairs of shoes outside to represent the millions of people who are missing from their lives because of this illness.
Like those shoes, this pin also represents the Millions Missing and it can be worn/displayed all year to help raise awareness of M.E.
These pins are available to everyone who makes a minimum donation of $25 to the M.E Action 2018 Campaign and all proceeds go towards funding the important work that M.E Action is doing. This work includes building community, increasing advocacy, educating doctors and scientists, and inspiring new people to work in this field.
Please help to spread the word by sharing this post and more importantly, sharing links to the fundraising campaign on social media.
Tomorrow (12th May) is International M.E Awareness Day so around the world there are lots of events taking place. One campaign happening across the world is Millions Missing – a day of action, demanding funding for biomedical research and education.
Many people with M.E are too ill to take part in these days of action, or aren’t able to travel. So, they can join in ‘virtually’ by donating a pair of shoes or placing their shoes outside their front door. Photographs of people’s shoes will be shared on social media using the hashtags #millionsmissing and #canyouseemenow.
Each pair of shoes represents one person with M.E who is missing from the life they would otherwise be leading.
Last year on 12th May I shared a drawing of my shoes. This year I’ve worked with M.E Action, the charity behind Millions Missing, to create a design for a gold shoe pin (keep reading to find out how to get hold of one).
What You Can Do
There are lots of ways you can support people like me, who live with M.E but here are 7 things you can do:
Crochet. I’ve been spending a lot of my creative energy on crochet lately. I recently made myself a black jumper/sweater and I’m now working on a cardigan using Sirdar Baby Bamboo in the colour Skittle.