• Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – Weeks 47, 48, 49, & 50

    Lucky you, you get four illustrations this week. Gee, life is flying by so fast at the moment, I can barely keep up. School’s are breaking up tomorrow for the long Christmas holidays, so kids will be home!   Week 47: New York This was a dufficult theme for me. It was too abstract. But I will not quit or avoid the challenge. I like history and was thinking about New York when it was new and young.   Week 48: Fox Foxes are harder to draw than I thought. I felt nervous and therefore decided to keep it small. Week 49: Sunshine Whilst still unpacking the house from a…

  • Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – week 26: Clouds

    This week I tried a new medium: Gelli art. I had so  much fun with it as did my nine year old daughter. I watched a few you tube videos and videos on Pinterest to see what you can create with it. This is what I did for this weeks theme: Clouds No. 1 – Polar bear under snow cloud Acrylic paint rolled onto the gelli plate cut out card templates block the paint from covering the whole sheet of paper that I lay ontop of the plate     Clouds No.2 – Balloon floating up to the clouds This time I used more than one colour, plus cloud templates.…

  • Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – Weeks 17, 18, 19 & 20

    Today I am uploading four weeks worth of illustrations. Why so many in one go? Well, about a month ago I received the call that every expat dreads… your father has died. And as to be expected I travelled back to Jersey with my children for four weeks and came offline. But the beauty of creativity is that it is always with you through thick and thin. And so there were moments I could distract myself from the sorrow I felt and withdraw into my arty headspace.   Week 17 – Horse   This illustration was created on Adobe illustraor. First of all I found an image of a carousal horse…

  • Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – Weeks 13 & 14

    We are in April already, so here are two more entries for Tania Mccartney’s 52 week Illustration Challenge: Week 13 – Water I had initially started this weeks theme on watercolour paper with watercolour paint, tissue paper and pastels. But the end result wasn’t what I had in mind. I like the shape of the humpback whales but the background/sea hasn’t worked. So I wanted to see what I could do to improve it by working on the illustration in Adobe Illustrator.   I converted it by using image trace (16 colours option) and I liked the effect. Although it does feel a little bit like cheating. Never-the-less it is…

  • Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – Weeks 11 & 12

    Week 11 – Architecture I wanted to really challenge myself with this weeks theme of Architecture, the trouble is that what is in my brain doesn’t always transfer to paper/computer when I am trying to create an image. I actually started a project on Adobe Illustrator but then got distracted with editing and revising my chapter and middle-grade manuscripts. I was in the flow with my writing and therefore didn’t want to miss the moment and let all my ideas disappear never to be remembered. This meant I ran out of time to complete my digital Architectural piece and instead doodled this: I have always wanted to improve on my…

  • Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – weeks 8, 9 & 10

    I present 3 illustrations today for weeks 8, 9 and 10. It’s been a busy time as I have been filling my days with: teaching myself Adobe Illustrator by watching many youtube tutorial videos submitting manuscripts to Koala Books /Scholastic before their deadline closed on 28th February (a rare opportunity, too good to miss, so fingers crossed) preparing a chapter book manuscript for my critique group So here we are, I present 3 more completely different styles yet again: Week 8 – Cross-hatching I really enjoyed this process, it can go wrong quickly so it is best not to rush. This started as a sketch while I was writing/reading blogs/catching…

  • Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – weeks 6 & 7

    The good news is that I am practising my art more than if I wasn’t participating in Tania McCartneys 52 week Ilustration Challenge. The bad news is that there is still no sign of a very obvious style developing as you will see in today’s post: Week 6: Machinery Week 7: Machinery by Ramona Davey The material sfor this artwork came just in time for the deadline before the theme changed. I had ordered some polystyrene tiles for printing with. Usually I use a pencil and draw onto the tile by pressing into it nut this time a use utensils/machines. I pressed the objects into the tile to create a…

  • Artwork,  Illustration

    #illo52weeks – weeks 4 & 5

    The weeks are whizzing by already and so are the weekly challenges. My main computer broke down last week and so today you are getting two illustrations instead of one for the Tania McCartney’s Illustration challenge that I am participating in: Week 4: Selfie At college, life drawing was one of my main subjects, so I am no stranger to self-portraits and drawing humans in a realistic way. Therefore, I wanted to challenge myself and try and do a self-portrait that was not really realistic. Here is the line drawing in pencil of the 3 me’s:   Week 5: Flower I couldn’t believe the brilliant timing when my parcel of…

  • Artwork,  Illustration,  Picture Books

    Backgrounds

    Backgrounds for me are a tricky thing – I never know whether to leave it blank, add a bit of colour or add detail. IWhen adding colour I need to consider consistency of colour. Am I keeping the same tone with each illustration. Does it look right if some background colours are bold and others are softer? Here are two examples;   I initially used a green background as pumpkins grow in Autumn where I am from. But then I got thinking about the colour wheel and how opposite colours make each other stand out more.   Plus, we associate pumpkins with Halloween, so I decided to make it night…