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…
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….
Here are my latest illustrations for my weekly challenges. I’m a little behind at the moment but here is my Tree for Week 9 – I used Copic fine pen on watercolour paper, and then dawdled around for a week trying to decide whether adding colour would ruin it… Finally did it because the urge to paint it was too much. The results turned out quite differently, and I still can’t decide which I prefer.
I also went right back to the beginning and finished Eggs (this was the first challenge way back in January). Because it’s taken me so long to do this one it seemed appropriate to make it an Easter themed one! Mind you, I think I may have spotted my first easter eggs to buy in the shops before Santa even had time to put his sleigh away this year!
Hope you enjoy looking at my illustrations this week.
Week 9: Tree.
Week 1: Eggs.