I do things backwards



  • Welcome!!! There are a lot of parents on here, and one of the first threads I made was asking for advice on how to be productive while raising kids.

    Anywho, you will love it here.

    P.s I have never had a crumpet.


  • SVS OG

    What is marmite?

    I'm trying to learn to illustrate with just one baby, and its tough. I only get random moments to check the forum and an hour or two together here and there to draw 😉 Kudos to you for diving in while raising seven! Glad to have you here 🙂



  • Hi Daisy welcome. I love your introduction 🙂
    4 children here and the struggle is real
    I'll have some crumpets yum. I'll leave you the marmite no problem ^_^



  • @Ben-Migliore Thanks, Ben. I'm still working up the courage to post some 😃



  • @smceccarelli Thanks. The children aren't as much of a task as the mess they leave behind them! 😉



  • @DOTTYP It's so easily done when the majority of people are so discouraging of creative endeavours, I think. Thankfully we saw good sense in the end!



  • @natiwata There are two types of people, after all 😃



  • @Eric-Castleman It can be a struggle, definitely. Thankfully my children are very creative, so I don't have to worry about finding time, just finding space! I sit down to draw and they all descend on my studio and pilfer my art supplies. You should make some crumpets; I promise they will enrich your life. Disclaimer: only to be consumed with lashings of fresh butter, so not the best choice for those concerned with high cholesterol levels!



  • @Sarah-LuAnn Marmite is, when defined, pretty gross-sounding. It's blackish in colour, not entirely dissimilar to treacle, and is a yeast extract. But it's beefy and delicious, and most people hate it. It's tough with a baby, I think. When they're so little, they need so much from you, so it's very much a case of grabbing time when you can. I'd say it starts becoming easier when they're a little more mobile and independent. My three-year-old is much less disruptive to my workflow than my 18-month-old, for example. It's a juggling act, isn't it? Thankfully dad is very hands on and does his fair share, which makes things easier.



  • @audrey-dowling It is, isn't it! I home-educate my rabble, so they're around all day long too. But they're a somewhat independent bunch and I'll see them sporadically throughout the day, as and when they need assistance with a worksheet, or a rogue sibling. You know, I so scarcely have to fight people for my Marmite. It's a mystery to me 😉


  • SVS OG

    @Rapteev Thats what I hear, so I'm just holding on til she's older... but we do want some siblings for her, so it'll likely be years before I'm done with baby-management. I luckly also have a very helpful, hands-on, supportive husband, but he works full time so naps are my main get-stuff-done time during the week.



  • @Rapteev Yeah I know what you mean when I was growing up noone encouraged me so I lost my confidence.I was looking for your gallery and could not find it , be sure to post some work soon.



  • @Sarah-LuAnn Yep, my dude works evening shifts, so the kiddies are (mostly) in bed not too long after he leaves. Ideally we're both aiming for self-employment (he's a creative type too), but gotta keep that day-to-day grind going until the magic happens. Sigh. I wish money was no object, 'cause we'd get sooooo much done!



  • @DOTTYP I was encouraged by my mum, but those "starving artist" vibes got to me anyway. I'm trying to get over my fear of posting my stuff. I'm working on a piece now, so I'll endeavour to stick it up for a critique 🙂



  • @Rapteev Hey welcome here! 🙂

    Don't feel pressured to post only polished work, if that makes you feel any more nervous. 😛 As you've probably seen, sketches and studies and process stuff like thumbnails are welcome too!

    I look forward to seeing your piece! 🙂


  • SVS OG

    I tasted marmite and I like it! I also have a niece named Daisy 🙂 Look forward to seeing your art too 🙂


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