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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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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.