I appreciate a good regularly-updated illustration project, and Elen Winata’s “The Glass Quarter Full” series is one of my favorites to follow. Updated weekly—though the day of the week varies—this project visualizes Elen’s quarter-life bucket list.
Elen’s favorite of the illustrations, which can be used as phone wallpapers, is “Get Lost in Your Daydream” (incidentally, that’s one of my favorites too). For this illustration, she enjoy exploring a variety of colors for the final palette.
The Singapore-based art director and illustrator doesn’t always plan out which bucket list items she’ll draw: “I like to leave it quite open, and draw based on what I’m feeling that day instead of following a list.” However, she does have a couple future ideas in mind, like “Make unexpected friends”.
Many of the illustrations are a chance for Elen to try out new techniques, such as her “favorite things” illustration, where she’s testing the waters with hand-drawn lettering. The series is also an exercise in drawing under a shorter time restraint, something I know I need to get better as well.
Elen says of consistency that it was at first difficult to balance this side project with her day-to-day work, but that has since improved: “I get better at identifying which timeframe I’m most productive in (fortunately, it’s at night)—and only draw during that period.”
See more illustrations at The Glass Quarter Full, with process shots cross-posted to Dribbble and Instagram. Elen is also available for freelance, so be sure to check out her design and illustration portfolio if you enjoy her style.