It all starts with a doodle

Hey there,

So it turned out that my major challenge with the Facebook Illustration Challenge that I’ve been involved with in the past is keeping up with the weekly themes! Also, my illustration work has evolved over the last 12 months, and I often don’t have any idea of how an artwork will turn out. It starts with a blank page and a doodle with a fineliner pen and then just sort of happens. A face will start to appear behind flowers, a bird or two will fly in and the foliage just grows and grows… sometimes off the page!

It’s been hard to fit this way of working to an actual theme but I’ve managed it for 4 weeks in a row. (Don’t ask me what happened to weeks 1 to 3 – I have to catch up!). Below are my results for weeks 4 to 7:

Week 4: Ode to Favourite Children’s Book
Week 5: Peacock
Week 6: Garden
Week 7: Botanical

Spread the love

So, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and if you’re looking for something special with a personal touch, this could be for you…

I’m offering my “LOVE” illustration as a FREE A4 download for you to print out and colour in as you wish to give to your beloved (or keep it for yourself and pop it into a pretty frame so all can admire your fancy colouring in skills).

Simply download, print to A4 and colour!

Free Valentine Printable 💘

Alternatively, head to my Etsy shop to download the image in a folded card format for AU$0.50 (to cover my Etsy listing fees). You’ll also receive the A4 image as shown here. Here is the link: Etsy card

Happy Valentines and happy colouring… 💘🖍

Doodle Days

In between graphic design jobs I do like to get my pens and watercolours out for some handdrawn illustrations these days. However, just recently, I feel like I may have lost my “mojo” a little in that direction. Every time I’ve tried to put pen to paper recently, it just hasn’t felt right, and the idea has quickly been rejected as quickly as it formed.

One sheet of black paper, one white pen and one gold pen soon changed that as I got involved in a small “doodle” which grew and grew from the centre outwards (and is still going). It’s so true that art should be fun, and I have to say this was just what I needed to get a little of that “mojo” back.