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Figs Watercolour & Acrylic by Lili Cabena

Day 28: Anything You’d Like

As you can tell I love illustrating food! This sketch is taken from my recipes page which I will be updating with recipes – feel free to leave a comment if you want me to illustrate any favourite recipes – I would be glad to get some ideas!

Figs Watercolour & Acrylic by Lili Cabena
Figs
Watercolour & Acrylic by Lili Cabena
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Day 27: Someone You Love

Day 27: Someone I Love

Day 27: Someone You Love. Pencil and Ink sketch by Lili Cabena
Day 27: Someone I Love. Pencil and Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Here it is – quick sketch of my beau D. Don’t worry – he’s not always looking this grumpy! He’s actually delightful, just hates posing for photos!

Day 26: Something I Don’t Like

 

 

Staying on the subject of food, nothing really springs to mind when I have to draw something I dislike…I’m a foodie and I eat everything! I quite like pineapple but I’m pretty allergic to it so that means it’s something I can’t eat so I’ve featured it here!

 

Pineapple by Lili Cabena Acrylic and Ink

Only four more days of The Drawing Challenge – tomorrow… someone you love 🙂

 

Day 24: A Couple

 

A lovely friend of mine who is getting married this year asked me to design some wedding dress ideas for her. Here are some of my sketches!

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress4Sketch 1 – Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Wedding Dress1 Pencil sketch by Lili Cabena
Wedding Dress 2
Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress2Wedding Dress 3
Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress3Wedding Dress 4
Ink Sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress5Wedding Dress 5
Ink Sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress6Wedding Dress 6
Ink Sketch by Lili Cabena

See you tomorrow for the next illustration in the 30 Day Challenge – Day 25: Scenery!

 

 

 

 

 

6 Really Easy Things to do Every Day to Feel Healthier

Or Day 23: Something I Need

I don’t know about you but these days I am needing less coffee, less processed foods, more sleep, more activity and less sitting down all day. But with studying, deadlines and working a desk job it’s hard to do all those things – especially for us design folk – coffee is our refuge when creativity is called for. So I’ve compiled a list of 6 things to do to feel healthier when I’m tired and just have no time to hit the gym!

Day 23: Something I Need - Vitamins

Something I Need: Vitamins!
Acrylic & Watercolour on Paper

1. Move Around!
If I can’t get to the gym at lunchtime I try to start the day with a 15 minute workout before I leave the house. It’s easy to fit in before a shower and wakes you up leaving you feeling so positive for the day ahead! These 15 minute workouts are easily downloadable on Pinterest (Save them to your phone) – 15 minutes is so short but better than nothing and hey, it all counts! And it might just put you in the frame of mind to go to the gym later that day so throw on your favourite tunes and do thoses jumping jacks!

2. Get Outside!
Get out in the sunshine! If you don’t feel like a morning workout, a 20 minute walk in the morning (45 mins if you can) before breakfast does wonders for your mood and concentration that day. Even if it’s rainy, stick on the headphones and jacket and brave the elements! You’ll feel better you did!

2. Fruit and Veg at Every Meal
Start the day with something unprocessed – a piece of fruit or wholemeal toast, spinach and a poached egg. Replacing processed foods with clean foods, even for this one meal, will leave you with so much more energy. For the remaining meals, eat colourfully, so fill up on lots of fruits and veg of every colour making this the largest part of the meal. Thereby decreasing the calorie intake without having to cut your portion size.

PomegranateEat colourful! Having a salad? Think of the opposite colour to salad greens (which is red) and add red accents to liven it up such as pomegranate, watermelon or red grapes!

3. Replace your Barista Coffee with a Green Smoothie
Yes I know a green smoothie is not as satisfying as a coffee and cookie when 3.30-itis sets in but you can’t beat that virtuous feeling when you’ve just had a green juice. It’s much the same price as a coffee – why not hand over your $5 for something that’s good for you for a change? Besides 3.30pm is too late to be grabbing a coffee hit. Coffee after 2pm is risking a sleepless night that evening.

4. Drink More water
Obvious but so important. While working at your desk, try to consume 8 tall glasses of water a day. Remember, if it’s not a meal time, you’re not hungry, you’re bored. Go drink a large glass of water and you’ll feel better. Flavour a chilled jug of water with mint leaves and lemon to make it more palateable.

5. A Little Less Sugar
I don’t mind in indulging in a little sugar but for me, lollies and chocolate are addictive. If I have some I will crave more that evening. So I try to challenge myself to go off them for a few days at a time and replace them with a snack like an apple or nectarine. It just takes 3 days for the addiction to leave me and before long even the smell of lollies and sugar is sickly*. Go on, challenge yourself and see how long you can go without your usual sugary vices!

6. Bed Before 10
I’m the worst culprit for late nights but it makes such a difference to how I feel next day if I get to bed before 10pm. You’ll also sleep better as you’ve had less coffees and had your last coffee before 2pm. Try it for one week and see how much easier it is to wake before your alarm in the mornings.

* Authors note: I can’t stay that I stay in this healthy state for more than a few days!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my tips to a healthier day – now I need to stick by these rules and keep up the good habits!

 

 

 

Day 19: Something New

Day 19 - Something New by Lili Cabena
Day 19 – Something New by Lili Cabena

What could be better than new shoes?!  Over half way through now on the 30 Day Drawing Challenge – tune in tomorrow for ‘Something Orange’.

Just a Doodle

Day 18: Just a Doodle

Day 18 - Just a Doodle by Lili Cabena
Day 18 – Just a Doodle by Lili Cabena

I wonder if anyone else has the habit of drawing miniature versions of their clothing before any trip or holiday? I always did this when I was younger, as a way of organising what to pack and what outfits to wear on which days. Yes I was super-organised! It was quicker for me to ‘see’ the item of clothing in my minds eye and draw it, deciding which pieces it matched to make up an outfit, than it was to write lists. Most designers think visually in this way – it’s a useful skill we never lose!

Day 17: Favourite Plant

Day17 LiliCabena Fave plant_1
A sketch of some native Australian plants
Day 17 LiliCabena Faveplant_2
A quick sketch of some native Australian plants

A couple of very quick sketches/paintings of some Australian native plants. These remind me of a family holiday in Western Australia a couple of years ago.

Day 16: Inspiration

Day16_inspiration_lilicabenaDay 16: My Inspiration – The Sea by Lili Cabena
Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas.

The week I started this blog and the Drawing Challenge, was the week I happened to be moving house. I moved to the little beachside suburb of Bronte, so I like to think my work has been inspired somewhat by living by the sea again: from the bright sparkling turquoise ocean on a hot day to the faded pale grey sea on a rainy day like today, the sea and the beach are the inspiration for my colour palette. I enjoyed playing with perspective in this piece and like how the collaged strips of paper cast shadows on the canvas and add a 3D effect to the landscape.

Day 15: Family Picture

oconnorkids_watermarkO’Connor Kids – Lisa, Alan, Glenda and Gemma

Some time I might decide to colour this sketch but for now I’m leaving it monochrome. It’s not often myself, my brother Alan and sisters Gemma and Glenda are together in the same country in order to get a portrait together which makes this all the more special to me. I’ve said I love drawing faces but drawing likeneses of family (and smiles) is HARD! I’ve got to say I’m pretty happy with the progress of this line drawing though.