Searching for hard to kill indoor plants that will never die on you?
Enter cute and adorable potted house plant illustrations!
Ok, ok, I know it’s not the same thing, but hey at least you won’t feel like a ruthless plant killer just because you smothered one of these with too much love (read: water).
iPad & Procreate for Illustrations
Recently, I have been experimenting quite a bit with iPad illustrations. It’s a good way to sketch out ideas, and I was happy with a few illustrations that I created on iPad (all the fashion illustrations in my shop, and also this new kit). I use an app called Procreate – possibly the most fitted out iPad illustration there is. I love that you can create your own custom brush – very handy!
One (sad) thing which I noticed with using the iPad for illustration was that it was quite bad for my posture (read: neck strain). It was quite bad, and I had to take a couple of weeks off from “looking down” too much. This also happens if I use my phone too much (like 3-4 hours a day – YES it has happened, and I could track it only because of iPhone’s new screentime feature).
Do you use the iPad for a lot of writing/ drawing work which involves looking down at it? I would love it if you shared any iPad posture tips you have with me.
So, as of now I do plan to continue exploring iPad illustration, but won’t be spending too much time on it – which is hard, because honestly I can spend hours lost in Procreate (highly addictive!). I’ve given myself a strict 30 minutes a day cap on the iPad. I know it sounds ridiculously limited, but we’ll see what we can do with that.
Now, it’s time to share my latest kit (made using iPad :)), House Plants! It was a total treat drawing these goodies. These would work wonderfully for logos & branding (especially if you are a small gifting company or local plant nursery or a gardening centered blog). It would also make cute and uplifting planner stickers, and also work well printed out as is for wall art for your home.
Indoor House Plants and Me
I LOVE to look at cute indoor plants (though I cannot keep them alive, I have tried!). I once had a set of 5 plants, all of which died, except one. The one to survive (and thrive) was the Snake Plant and it started thriving after I kicked it out of my room and out into the balcony and just stopped watering it all together (it thrives on just the occasional rain shower). Turns out I was overwatering it, and months of pre-plant excitement based research and post-plant coping research showed that over-watering and not enough sunlight (but mainly just the over watering) are the top causes of indoor plants perishing.
At one point of time, I also had a lovely leafy chinese evergreen plant in my home office studio, but later on realised that little guy was giving me allergies (I am the kind that sneezes around spring time). It seems it was a “male” plant with lots of pollen (seasonal), and that led to my allergies. Gah. It was quite an ironic moment, considering I’d gotten the plant in primarily to “refresh & purify” my office air [insert wild guffaws].
Since then, I’ve followed a policy of only drawing these cuties, and not bringing them into my house, only to kill them, ha!
Do you have any tips on iPad posture? Have you ever killed your plants, or are you one of those blessed people with lovely green thumbs and a thriving garden?
Update 1: My lovely newsletter friend Sandra emailed me with a tip & a link to chin tucks for neck strengthening. Thank you, Sandra! Sharing it here in case it helps someone else too! Here is the link.
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