IF: Juggle, Issa, Juggle

Juggle, Issa, Juggle

Ah yes, it didn't take another year for me to come up with another Illustration Friday (IF) entry. Phew.

Latest theme: Juggle.

I just started this sketch without a plan. I just faced a blank page that was pre-inked with Gocco printing (orange). Then, I started sketching with a pen. It ended up as a 'one page tale' of a character called Issa.

The story (written on the sketch):

"Everyone told Issa to make sure that she keeps up the right balance in life. So, she began to feel the pressure of juggling everything. She wanted to know if it was really possible to keep up with everything - without cracking. Then, one day, someone told her: 'You'll be just fine. Women are born to be fabulous jugglers.' She believed."

I don't really know how it all came about. One minute, I was just thinking of illustrating an idea, a word... Half an hour or so later, I had a sketch, a character, a story...

I thought of re-writing the story and re-drawing the sketch. I'm always editing and trying to make things better. But, something stopped me. (No, it wasn't a crying baby! ;-))

There was just something about the piece that caught me. Something about capturing a moment, a raw idea. So, I decided to stick with it and make it my official IF entry.

And, if I were to give an advice to Issa the Juggler, it'll be: "Relax. Balance is over-rated anyway." 😀

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About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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