The Fire Horse

The Fire Horse by Hannah Sterry. An illustration of a rearing stallion on the surface of a flame-covered sun!
The Fire Horse by Hannah Sterry. An illustration of a rearing stallion on the surface of a flame-covered sun!
The Fire Horse by Hannah Sterry.

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Feel free to print this and use it for cards, wall pictures and general personal use! If you really like it and want to show your appreciation you can make me incredibly happy by sending a little donation via PayPal or sharing this post on facebook and twitter. Either of these things makes me happier than anyone could think possible and will make me smile crazily (you can demand photos if you don’t believe me)!

This is an illustration I did for fun a few years ago. At the time I was at a certain well-known university studying Mathematics and battling with depression and it was just nice to create something again. Usually I’d use music to combat depression, but I discovered that playing music in halls of residence gets you hated pretty quickly by the hall wardens and there were only 8 practice rooms on campus between over 20,000 students so there were never any free (no wonder the waiting list for counselling there was about 3 months long). One of the guys in my halls resorted to practicing his saxophone in a field, because he was threatened by the hall warden for playing in his room. I’m glad that I left.

NOTE: There might be a depression post coming up soon, because I’ve recovered enough to feel strong enough to speak about it and because I think it’s good to tell people about these things for solidarity and to reduce stigma (because stigma against an illness that affects over 25% of the population at one point or another is ridiculous).

Ants & Ogden Nash

Leafcutter Ant by Hannah Sterry
Leafcutter Ant by Hannah Sterry
Leafcutter Ant Illustration

‎”The ant has made himself illustrious
Through constant industry industrious.

So what.

Would you be calm and placid
If you were full of formic acid.”

~Ogden Nash

I have to write some music to accompany this. It might be my favourite assignment of the year (Ogden Nash has written so many brilliant, short, witty poems).

The picture on the right is a pencil sketch I did a few years ago; ants (and other insects) are good fun to draw.

Anyway, Happy New Year to you all and hello to any fellow Open University students!

~Hannah