Sickness Sketches Vol. 57804785760047

You may have figured out by now that I have a terrible immune system, and that I like to draw my way through my illness-induced misery. Last week’s cold was no exception, and I posted a couple of my sickness sketches onto my Instagram:

Helena-Maratheftis-instasicky1 Helena-Maratheftis-instasicky2Drawing – along with copious amounts of Haribo, tissues, cookies and Vitamin C – helped me through my week of fever and sniffling. Drawing is my ultimate distraction from everything happening around me (and I’m guessing that most illustrators would say the same). I also enjoy looking at my sickness sketches once I’m better, because there’s something about the melodrama and self-pity which is kind of hilarious to me!

Anyway, I’m pleased to report that I’m better now, and it’s back to regular programming on Instagram!

Dear Snow, Kindly leave.

Hello! I rarely post on Saturdays, but I’m stuck at home with a disgusting cold, and it’s snowing outside. I woke up at 7am this morning to take my delicious flu medicines, and when I pulled back the curtains I got a shock of the cold/ white/ flaky kind. Urgh, thought I, this is awful, I must draw about it. And so I did.

Helena-Maratheftis-dear-snow-smallNow, let us not pretend that this is the finest artistic endeavour I’ve ever undertaken. It’s a messy sketch produced by bleary morning eyes and hands shaky with SNOW RAGE. However, I needed to share it with all of you, especially the ones who might be feeling the same about our snowy springtime friend. Share it with your friends, Londoners, and maybe Mister Snow will take the hint.

p.s. On a lighter note, I joined Instagram today – come and find me! I’m theftypix.

Double Dolls: Playing With Patterns.

Hello! I had some free time yesterday, so I picked up a red pen and started scribbling on scraps of paper. I scanned one of the drawings – a doll in a party hat – and went wild on Photoshop. As you can see, I’m a fan of creating repeating patterns and layering one on top of the other. I get really excited when I get to play around with colours and patterns – I guess my retinas really enjoy being bombarded!

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Helena-Maratheftis-double-dolls-small3 Helena-Maratheftis-double-dolls-small2A funny thought: Although red is the colour I wear the most, I hardly ever use it in my artwork. On the contrary, you’ll find shades of blue all over my drawings, but I don’t own a single piece of blue clothing (except for a single pair of electric blue tights). Isn’t that strange? I wonder why that is.

Random observations aside, I reckon the last image would make for some excellent wrapping paper. What do you think?

Jacob and his Sweater-vests: A drawing.

Hello! Here’s a little something I drew this weekend. You see, I was feeling a bit chilly, so I doodled a dude in a jumper.

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You may be interested to know that I’m also a fan of sweater vests, especially ones in garish colours. (I also dabble in black nails, but only if glitter is involved.)

Christmas Decorations: A Doodle.

Hello! I’ve got a cold. A disgusting, horrible, unwelcome cold. I spent yesterday wrapped in a blanket, popping paracetamol like candy. On the upside, I got a great view of our Christmas tree from my spot on the couch…and so I drew some of our tree decorations. Of course.

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Our tree is a 6 foot, ‘champagne’ coloured, tinsel monstrosity. We love it. It’s loaded with decorations, most of them being gifts from family and friends.

What’s on your tree?

Rainy Day Doodles

Hello! I’m still reeling from the sudden cold weather in London (and the fact that my favourite woolly hat has gone missing). Here are a few sketchbook doodles from last week. They’re simple pen drawings on brown paper, which I fancied-up on Photoshop.

p.s. Today is the LAST DAY to buy my cushions! If you want one, please click here.

For the Love of Colour: Doodles and GIFs.

Hello! I found this quotation by John Ruskin and felt as though he was giving me a little pat on the back. Colour, you see, is my dearest and most favourite thing.

After I finished the above drawing, I thought it was an ideal candidate for the GIF treatment, as only with animation could I fit in all the colours I wanted to!

Which is your favourite colour? I find it hard to choose, but I think mine might be sea foam green.

Piano Head: A sketch

Hello! Here’s another pen drawing from the archives. I don’t know why it never made it onto the blog!

I freshened it up with crisp blue dots and a splash of sea foam green (one of my TOP 5 favourite colours, ever).

I have no idea what inspired this drawing, but I like the idea of a piano-keyed head.


Hey you! A doodle in peach.

Hello! Here’s a drawing I did yesterday during my designated doodle time. (Yes, I set aside time to just mess around with pens and paper and Photoshop. It helps to keep me sane.) Is it wrong that I want to wear the outfit I’ve drawn? Futuristic loungewear is how I would describe it.

The characters I draw always come with their own personalities. This one’s a bit of a whippersnapper firecracker with a heart of gold. She lives alone in a huge white house and is often seen watering the grass in full make up and big hair.

I think I’m going to name her Martha, partly because she’s got a hint of that tripped-out 60s vibe that Martha Rich depicts so well. (Hi, Martha!)

Drawing Lyrics: Somebody That I Used To Know

I haven’t drawn song lyrics in a long time. I used to draw lyrics obsessively… mainly because I also listened to songs obsessively, on repeat. The last time this happened to me was in 2008, when I finally discovered Belle & Sebastian (this song blew my mind). It happened again, yesterday, with this song. I can’t stop pressing replay.

It’s a melancholy little sparkler of a song. It contains xylophones and an Australian, both of which are excellent things.

p.s. I’m an  Australian, so may be biased.