So much has gone on in the past month I do not know how I managed to fit it all in on top of a brand new job. So this post will be a bit of a photo fest to try and include everything.

First their was KIDLITVIC2017. If you haven’t attended this yearly festival yet than it is a ‘must’ for next year. I flew down to Melbourne excited to mingle with authors, illustrators, editors and agents.

Our writers group ‘Picture This’ being framed!

The best thing about writers festivals and conferences is meeting up with like-minded people who become your friends for life.

Then I went and unexpectedly got myself a job as a part-time Visual Arts teacher in a local primary school. I have hit the floor running familiarising myself with the Australian curriculum, remembering 300+ children’s names, meeting new staff and painting everyday.

The white board showing all the different activities going on for each stage.

This has meant that my creativity has all gone on this job and left me no time for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge of which I have participated in since day one for the last 3-4 years. At least I am still being creative just in a different forum. Next term we are focusing on clay modelling!

Year 1/2 children exploring mono-printing

Then I was flying up to Brisbane for the CYA Conference. This was another jam-packed day.

Jacqueline Harvey says, ‘Editors are the bomb!’


Tina Clarke introduces the amazingly talented Shaun Tan  via Skype to a room for of illustrators in awe.


Nadine Bates talks about the place for interactive books and her new venture Kindergo.


I make new friends.

Illustrator Sandy Flett.


And catch up with old ones.

The wonderful Sheryl Gwyther and myself.

This post would go on forever if I was to write about all the valuable snippets of information that was shared during these events. But I hate long wordy posts, so I shan’t write one. I do insist you try and attend an event like this though, as they are huge sources of information about the writing world. The editor consultations are gold dust and are the best thing you can do to make your manuscript get closer to your publishing dream.

See you at the next one!

#illo52weeks – May’s Illustrations

Week 17: Fluffy

I really enjoyed doing this illustration. I loved trying to create humourous characters in as simple a style as I could (I can get bogged down with realism and detail).

Collage, copic markers, Artline pen 0.4

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 18: Art Deco

I love the style of Art Deco in buildings and furniture and had never had a reason to try the style myself until now. I stumbled across a shop recently that was selling weaved card for a good price so i bought a few packets of a variety of colours. The card was the perfect medium for cutting and collage and the weaved texture added to the overall look.

Week 18- Art Deco scan
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 19: Eat

More collage!

Week 19- Eat
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 20: Melancholy

This theme brought out quite an emotional week on the 52 Week Illustration Challenge page on Facebook. As I fam trying to keep focused on picture book styles I thought about what kind of things make children feel meloncholic and being left out of the playground games is one of them. This little monster doesn’t like being left out of the skipping game.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 21: Stripes

This theme style was inspired by the photo below and the poem ‘Tiger Tiger’ by William Blake:

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I haven’t quite got the same level of talent as Brooklyn-based illustrator and printmaker JooHee Yoon but it is always good to be inspired and aspire to someone creative.

Here’s my version using gelli printing and Artline pen 0.4:© Ramona Davey 2015

© Ramona Davey 2015

It has been a busy month and the icing on the cake was the Sydney Writers Festival that I attended with my son to check out the Illustrators Battle Round. Here are a couple of my tweets at the event.

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