Teapot Illustration Series

Written by Riëtte Cawthorn

On May 22, 2020

I really have to work hard at keeping a consistent practice routine (any routine really) and even more to consistently share my practice pieces, but I also realize if you don’t consistently practice and consistently put your work out into the world there’s a few things that happen or rather don’t happen. The obvious being that you don’t consistently improve, you will improve, but a lot slower than with a consistent practice routine (ask me how I know 😉 ). The more important thing (I feel) is that you don’t learn to let go of your work, it’s not just about receiving feedback – which we know is also important when it is constructive- but it’s also about learning to put something out into the world and let it go, or you can say, to gift it to the world and not taking it back to try and make it better.

I know how tempting it is to just hang on to the things you make or what you do for as long as you can, much of it is related to fear, but some of it also to perfection and wanting something to be a certain way. This doesn’t only pertain to art and design, but also to other careers. Telling people what you do, especially when it seems like an odd career choice, can be really hard.

Which is why I decided to not only get back to practicing, but also to sharing, whether I think something is good enough or not, that’s not what it’s about. The work might not be where I want it to be now, but when I look back in a year or so, I hope that I will notice an improvement in my work and in my confidence.

This is my first series for 2020 but second finished series and I am so excited to continue on this journey. I really want to encourage you to share your practice and if you haven’t yet, tell people what you do.

I’m busy building my website and this week I invited all my Facebook friends to “like” my page, next week I’ll add on there what I do.

Here’s my teapot series that I did over the last two weeks. It started off a bit, uhm, not so great, I felt like I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing, but by the fourth teapot it felt like I was drawing a little more like me again. The idea behind this series was just to draw as regularly as possible, to not spend more than an hour on a teapot and to use the colour palette I chose at random. I hated some of the colour palettes, I really have certain colours that I like using, but I also feel that this is opening up my mind and the more I do it, the less it bugs me to work with colours I don’t absolutely love.

I hope you enjoyed this series. I’ll be back soon with the next one, not quite sure what it’s going to be yet.

Chat soon friends,


Riëtte Cawthorn

Riëtte Cawthorn

Illustrator Designer Teacher

I'm a Creative Geek and work@homeschooling-mom with a love for illustration, pattern design & hand lettering. I share what I know, learn and do and hope to inspire, encourage and equip others creatives to follow their dreams and make new friends along the way.

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