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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

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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 🙂

Week14_Whimsy_FB_WP

 

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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).

Week4_Insects_WP_1

Week 4: Insects No. 2

Week4_Insects_WP_2

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