These animal illustrations accurately express our Monday Blues and Friday Feels

If it's your first day back in the office for the year you might relate to the caffeine-addicted sloth, or if you're still on holiday, perhaps the raving raven.


These delightful animal illustrations by Northern Ireland-based illustrator and designer Martina Scott capture the essence of how many of us are feeling today starting back at work in the New Year – or how many of us feel on a normal Monday – and how differently we feel on a Friday.

Every Monday and Friday of 2017 Martina drew an "eclectic bunch of emotional animals" which we can all relate to – a sloth crawling to a pot of coffee for Monday and a disco-raving, glow stick clad raven for Friday. It was a self-initiated project, of which she says started "quite spontaneously".

The aptly named, and rather mammoth in size, 'Monday Friday Project' includes 52 different animals across 104 illustrations.

“I’ve had a lot of fun with these illustrations, working with animals like a spider crying from every eye, a hedgehog flipping the bird, a raving raven and a party panda,” she says.

There’s also aa 'Down with Mondays' T-shirt wearing giraffe and a skating swan.


Martina uses "a happy marriage of traditional and digital" techniques resulting in highly textured work. She was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards in 2016 and had a number of exhibitions last year in her home city, Belfast. Martina also participated in Inktober and a year-long visual project – Dear Doodle Diary.

Take a look at some of our favourite illustrations from the 'Monday Friday Project' here – some bleak, some ecstatic – to get you started for the week.

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