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Exciting news

Hello Hello! I have some very exciting news to share. One of my illustrations created for my challenge has been chosen along with 19 others to feature in the next issue of Tickle the Imagination magazine! You may have heard my whoops and cheers from wherever you are when the illustration winners were announced. Here is my illustration:

Cocoon_smallThe challenge was to create an illustration around the word “Cocoon” which could represent home and security. Tickle the Imagination is a beautiful independently produced magazine with a focus on handmade, craft and design in Australia, and is full of projects and ideas to inspire creativity. I’ve been a reader of this magazine for some time which makes this even more exciting for me. The “Cocoon” issue will be out some time in June.

I’ve let myself get behind with my Illustration challenges somewhat over the last few weeks. I’ve been putting all my energy into building my graphic design business, updating this website and working on new logo design projects for existing clients, as well as progressing with some new invitation designs for my Etsy shop.

But before I say adieu here is my last illustration challenge (before I got behind), theme is “Whimsy”. That’s it for now folks 🙂

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Hello 2015

So, I’m not sure when it officially becomes too late to say “Happy New Year”, and since we’re already out of January I suspect I’ve missed the boat there somehow. The end of 2014 went by in a flash of Christmassy excitement, and the new school year kicked off here in Australia last week.

And so I find myself with no little ones at home for the first time in around 8 years. I suddenly have 5 days a week to work instead of 3. Ok, maybe “days” is pushing it when you’re talking about the school day, averaging out at about 5 working hours per day between drop offs, pick ups and all the bits in-between (and let’s not even get started on school holidays!).

But. It’s still 2 days more than I had last year and I’m having quite a productive time of it so far. I’m going to kick off my “Hello 2015” blog post with some illustration challenges. I’ve joined the 52 week Challenge again this year, and so far I’m keeping up! Compared to my entries from this time last year I think my style has vastly improved. I’m very much enjoying doing handdrawn illustration with copic fineliner and watercolours, which for me is a complete turnaround from the digital illustration that I’ve specialised in for the last few years.

Anyway, 4 weeks in and here are the weekly challenges to date:

Week 1: Fairytale.

Week 1: Fairytale

Week 2: Italy – Venus meets Valentino….

Week 2: Italy

Week 3: Retro – Fashion in the 70’s

Week 3: Retro

Week 4: Insects No. 1 (I was super inspired this week and completed 2 illustrations for the theme).

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Week 4: Insects No. 2

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Next weeks challenge: Kitchen…

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Magic

Something magical happened over the weekend….

My kids were disagreeing over something (to put it politely), while I was trying to work at my computer, and basically all hell was breaking loose around me. After several attempts to quieten things down to no avail, I gave up on the computer and silently got out my drawing pad. Then continued to work on my illustration for this weeks challenge theme: Black & White.

All of a sudden. Silence.

Then: “Whatcha doing Mummy?”.

“Drawing.”

“Whatcha drawing?”

“This….”

"Black & White" in progress
“Black & White” in progress

Suddenly there was a little gathering at the table. A shuffling to get paper and pens, then more silence. Ok, this is not unusual for Miss 7, who would draw all day every day if she could. But for energetic little Mr 5 this is quite magical…

Mr 5: “I’m going to create a whole army of rats. There are going to be lots of them.” He then proceeded to draw and carefully cut out each rat (inspired by the movie Ratatouille I might add, not because we have a rat infestation). He spent a good few hours creating and cutting, happily commentating on each and every rat.

Army of rats

“This one is called Mister Wobbly Head, because he has a wobbly head.”

MisterWobblyHead
Mister Wobbly Head

Yes, he actually has a wobbly head, so why not call him Mister Wobbly Head? We can learn so much from 5 year olds. I inspired him to draw but he inspires me in so many other ways. And they didn’t fight for the rest of the day. Now that really is magic.

Ratatouille
“Ratatouille” by Miss 7
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More illustrations to share from my challenge

Just a quick post today. I haven’t updated my Illustration Challenges on here for quite some time so get ready to be bombarded with images! Since my last post about these Challenges (which feels such a long time ago), I really feel like I’m finding my style. I’ve been more of a digital artist for years now but my roots at art college were in hand drawn very detailed illustrations, and I’m suddenly excited about fine drawing again. I’ve even discovered a new skill in watercolour painting which I was never really a fan of at art college. So, here are they are…

Week 13 Water
Week 13: Water. Fineliner and watercolour.
Week 14: Simplicity. Fineliner & watercolour
Week 14: Simplicity. Fineliner & watercolour
Week 15: Detail. Fineliner & watercolour
Week 15: Detail. Fineliner & watercolour
Week 16: Book Cover. Acrylics on canvas + digital lettering.
Week 16: Book Cover. Acrylics on canvas + digital lettering.
Alternative layout for Week 16: Book Cover
Alternative layout for Week 16: Book Cover
Week 17: Horse. Digital illustration in Adobe Illustrator.
Week 17: Horse. Digital illustration in Adobe Illustrator.
Week 18: Celestial Body. Acrylics on canvas.
Week 18: Celestial Body. Acrylics on canvas.
Week 19: Fish. Fineliner & watercolour.
Week 19: Fish. Fineliner & watercolour.
Week 20: Colour. Digital art in Adobe Illustrator.
Week 20: Colour. Digital art in Adobe Illustrator.
Week 21: Boxes. 3D "Jack in a box"
Week 21: Boxes. 3D “Jack in a box”
Week 33: Toy. Fineliner & watercolour.
Week 33: Toy. Fineliner & watercolour.
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Illustration Challenge: Numbers

Well, I have to say, I thought this weeks Illustration Challenge would be very uninspiring… Numbers? How am I going to illustrate Numbers I asked myself? After coming up with a complete blank, the idea for my little Number characters actually came to me while pushing my trolley around Woollies doing my weekly grocery shop. It was a little lightbulb moment and I couldn’t wait to get home, pack away the food and get my drawing pens out to get my ideas onto paper! It’s turned out to be one of my favourite themes, I loved creating these little characters, and it’s quite addictive. I’m now seeing the whole alphabet in the same style….

Until recently I have barely touched pen to paper since college; most of my illustrative work has been created completely digitally using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The Illustration Challenge is fantastic for me as it appears to be getting me back to basics, and back to good old-fashioned sketching. The downside of course, is that I’m used to having an “Undo” button – don’t like what I just did? “Apple Z” it and it’s gone. Not the case with pen and paper, so I decided to keep track of each stage of this drawing, so that I could learn from my mistakes, or look back and realise that perhaps I should have stopped before adding the background, or that last bit of detail, before announcing Ta Da, it’s finished (to anyone who might listen).

So, here is my work in progress, and the finished result….

Step 1: Race home from Woollies and start sketching my ideas with a Copic fineliner.
Step 1: Race home from Woollies and start sketching my ideas with a Copic fineliner.
Step 2: Sketching out in pencil, and then outlining in pen onto my watercolour paper.
Step 2: Sketching out in pencil, and then outlining in pen onto my watercolour paper. Looking back at my original sketches, think I prefer my first attempts at Numbers 1 & 2 & 8, but it’s in pen now, so no going back.
Step 3: Finished the basic outlining. Next step, painting!
Step 3: Finished the basic outlining. Next step, painting!
Step 4: Bit more detailing with the fineliners, and started the painting. Knew I wanted my Number 8 chick to be yellow so thought that was the best place to start.
Step 4: Bit more detailing with the fineliners, and started the painting. Knew I wanted my Number 8 chick to be yellow so thought that was the best place to start.
Step 5: Finished painting all my characters. Trying to decide whether to leave it there, or give them a bit of background colour... Wishing I had that Undo button right now....
Step 5: Finished painting all my characters. Trying to decide whether to leave it there, or give them a bit of background colour… Wishing I had that Undo button right now….

 

Ta Da!!! My finished painting. Went for the background in the end, and glad I did, it kind of looks more finished I think.
Ta Da!!! My finished painting. Went for the background in the end, and glad I did, it kind of looks more finished I think.