So 4-and-a-bit months ago now, we welcomed our second son, Saxe, to the world. He’s been a joy of course, and having him join the family has also opened our eyes to the amazing experience of watching our eldest, Erik, jump into the role of the loving big brother. The two of them adore each other and watching them interact, albeit tentatively at the moment now because of Saxe still being quite little, is a joy I never thought I would get to experience.
It’s also been hectic. Last year, before I knew I was pregnant, I was accepted into a Multimedia Design course, and decided to roll with it and try to complete it – pregnancy, new baby, toddler and all. My school has been wonderful in letting me do most of my study by following along from home, and the team of classmates I work with to complete our projects are seriously some of the best and most passionate people I have come across in a long time. They are helpful, fun and best of all, as keen to learn as I am. But even with such a great team, It can still be a little crazy at times.
Of course, a lot of my work here at Lee Lee and the Bee has been put on the back-burner, so that I have time to complete the many projects that are thrown at us during the course of our education. I have little time to create new designs, and those things I do create are usually for a project, or for my portfolio.
The one thing I did want to try and continue though, was the illustrations I create of my children. I want those to be gifts to them as they get older and I cannot justify dropping that for the 2 years my course takes and missing out on all the great creative illustrations I can get while they are still young and easy (-ish) to pose for photos.
So, especially after Saxe arrived, I got back to creating some illustrations of them. Singular ones of Saxe, and combined ones featuring Erik as well. It’s a great way to just put everything aside (when they are both asleep of course) and just make something for them. The photo-shoots we do are also great fun for both of them and we get some really sweet shots of them interacting that we don’t end up using for illustrations, but instead go on our walls ‘as is’.
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