July’s 52 Week Illustration Challenge

Wow! We are half way through the year and I have managed to keep on going for another month with my illustrations. Which is certainly a good thing. When my writing seems to be getting no where I have my illustrations to focus on, otherwise it can get a bit depressing wondering if you are pursuing something you may not ever make a success at. So here are this month’s illustrations:

Week 27: Canberra

gelli printing using 3 colours

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016


Week 28: Knitting

Digital art using Tayasui App on ipad

Week 28- Knitting
© Ramona Davey 2016

Week 29: Collage

scrap bits of paper and fineliner

Week 29- Collage
© Ramona Davey 2016

Week 30: Vintage

old photo scanned and placed in to Illustrator Adobe with digital art added on top

Week 30- Vintage
© Ramona Davey 2016


I always feel a sense or relief at the end of each month when I can look back at the illustrations I have completed. Any little bit of achievement is important to your well being and keeps me going during a time where my writing feels it may never be good enough to be published.

Until next month – adieu!


June’s Illustrations – 52 week Challenge

Wow! We are half way through the year. I cannot believe it. You may notice that I am really enjoying the digital sketching app Tayasui that I am playing with this month.

Week 22: Science

Week 22- Science
© Ramona Davey 2016


Week 23: Zoo

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey


Week 24: Birthday

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey


Week 25: Invention

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey


Week 26: Shoes

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey


May’s Illustrations – 52 Week Challenge

Week 18: Grandmother

This illo is based on my father’s mother Edith, who used to grow dahlia’s on her farm in Jersey, Channel Islands.

© Ramona Davey 2016
                     © Ramona Davey 2016


Week 19: Adventure

There has been alot in the news about the refugee situation at the moment and it was on my mind when I was wondering what to do for this weeks theme.

Week 19- Adventure


Week 20: Still life

I feel a bit ‘bleh,’ about htis still lifr. I couldn’t be bothered to put any effort into the piece. I felt I had lost my mojo. It shows.

Week 20- Still life


Week 21: Ink

I came across an art App called Tayasui Sketches and I am having loads of fun playing and experimenting with digital art.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016


Thanks for stopping by 🙂

April’s illustrations – 52 week challenge

Have I said before that every week I think I am going to fail and not complete an illustration? Probably. Well, surprise, surprise I felt like that again this week. It’s not always down to the lack of time. Many times I wrack my brain for an idea for the week’s theme and feel completely stumped. But I can breath a sigh of relief as it seems I always manage something in the end regardless of the outcome. So here are April’s illustrations:

Week 14: Camping

Gelli printing, pastels, posca pens

I hadn’t used pastels for years so it was good to get them out again.

Week 14- Camping

Week 15: Ocean

Gelli printing, copic markers

Working with a gelli print plate always has an element of surprise which is part of the joy of working with this medium.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

Week 16: Mirror

Copic markers, fineliner pens

I am enjoying developing my skills and drawing animal characters and felt quite pleased with this little ducky.

Week 16- Mirror

Week 17: Collector

Copic markers

I collect many things as a family historian, teacher, mother, illustrator and finally writer. I am hoping soon I will be collecting acceptance’s from publishers rather than rejections. 🙂

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016


So now it is May with the following themes of grandmother, adventure, still life and ink. I wonder what I will come up with???

March’s illustrations – 52 week challenge

March is over, Autumn has arrived and the school hols will soon be upon us. So today I am going to work like a trouper, writing blog posts, critiquing manuscripts and editing my own.

Week 9: Watercolour (and coloured pencils)

This isn’t a medium I am comfortable with. I don’t feel I can control it. But I did enjoy creating this illustrating after doing some research on Pinterest for watercolour picture book illustrations. Sometimes painting in a similar style to an established illustrator can help you learn a new process.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016


Week 10: Animal

Coloured pencils

A ‘Jersey crapaud’ – the nickname in Jersey french for toad, used for locals from Jersey, Channel Islands, like myself.

Week 10- Animal


Week 11: Mother

Watercolour & fineliner

As you can see I had toads on my mind. I wanted to practice more animals. Simplify them so that I didn’t fear drawing them. I also continued using watercolour. It is good to get out of your comfort zone and use other mediums.

Week 11- Mother


Week 12: Non-dominant hand

Copic markers

Using your non-dominant hand certainly puts you out of your comfort zone. This is good if you have a slightly controlling personality. 🙂 I couldn’t lose complete control so I used Copic markers as I am very comfortable with them. These are two characters I have in mind for one of my manuscripts!


Week 12- Non-dominant hand

Week 13:  Movement

Collage & copic markers

Abstract themes are difficult for me. I am more of a concrete thinker. My inspiration came from my daughter’s dance classes.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016


So, it seems March was a month of being out of my comfort zone as far as illustration is concerned. But it was fun! 🙂

Now I need to focus on entering the CYA Competition.

#illo52weeks – February’s illustrations

Week 5: 1920’s

This illustration was based on a photo of my grandfather’s cousin Mabel Benest.

Copic markers & fineliner

Week 5- 1920's

Week 6: Printing

I got a bit carried away this week with the Gelli plate, creating 3 different scenes.

It is such a fun medium to work with and I never really now what the end result will look like.

A lot of trial and error and pleasant surprises!

Acrylic paint and gelli plate.

Week 6- printing 2   Week 6- printing bear in forest 1

Of course, it was February so I had to do a Valentines version.

Week 6: Printing - cat & mouse 2

Week 7: Kindergarten

I did some casual teaching in a kindergarten class during this week and they were learning about ordinal numbers. Very comical!

Copic markers and fineliner.

Week 7- Kindergarten copy


Week 8: Horizon

I was born on an island and was lucky enough to see on the horizon other islands and France!


Week 8- Horizon

Adieu February. Bonjour March!

#illo 52 weeks – January’s illustrations

Wow. Another year over. Another year has begun. Each time I think I am going to give up, (and sometimes I do feel this way) I remind myself of how pleased I am when I look back over the year and see all the illustrations I managed to complete each week regardless of time limits, family commitments, etc. It is a very satisfying feeling.

This months illustrations were quick due to having family staying for the month.

Week 1: Fancy dress

Week 1- Fancy dress demo


Week 2: Outdoors

I had a weekend away with the other half in Melbourne. While he was at a business meeting, I managed to complete this illustration with a handfull of textas I had in my handbag.

Week 2- Outdoors


Week 3: Theme Park

This theme overwhelmed me so I stuck to as simple a concept as I could.

Week 3- Theme park


Week 4: Swimming

I sketched this illustration while my son was at his swimming lessons. One of the only kids without a swimming cap (as he likes the feel of the water through his hair). 🙂


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See you next month (I hope!)

#illo52weeks – November’s illustrations

Wow! One month to go till the end of the year. How fast did that go? I nearly didn’t participate this year but I am so glad I persevered. Here are November’s illustrations:

Week 44: Scandinavian

Funnily enough my Christmas decorations have a Scandinavian theme this year.

Week 44- Scandanavian copy


Week 45: Peace

Peace is much needed at the moment as the house is filled with builders all working hard on the second stage of our house renovations.

Week 45- peace 2

Week 46: Endangered

One of many animals that need to be protected.

Week 46 Endangered


Week 47: Play

I love this time of year as it gives me lots of excuses to play at dress ups. 😉

Week 47- Play

It is a busy time of year. I have had the joy of meeting and welcoming new members of SCBWIAusNZ as well as attending this year’s SCBWIAusNZ Xmas party. Here I am with the lovely Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and her junior fiction series:

Me and Jodie at SCBWI Xmas party 2015

Next week I have a Christmas end of year dinner with my fabulous critique groups Picture This & Down The Rabbit Hole!

I love this time of year even though it is hectic, thanks for stopping by,


Ramona 🙂

PS: If you have a connection to Jersey, Channel Island and are looking for a great little gift or stocking filler don’t forget my book is available here: The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas

#illo52weeks – October’s illustrations

Week 40: Carnival

Copic markers & Artline pen

I am not really pleased with this illustration. I had limited time this week and it showed in the outcome but I still participated and stuck to my goal of entering on time each week regardless of the standard of work.

Week 40- Carnival


Week 41: Sweets

Copic markers & Artline pen

As you can see I had the event of Halloween in my mind. I enjoyed doing this illustration and am pleased with how it looks. 🙂


© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 42: Instrument

Gelli printing & Acrylic paint

I felt the need to use a different medium again and gelli printing felt perfect for this weeks challenge. I don’t play the saxophone (which may show in the detail or lack of) but it was fun to use the rollers again. As you never really know how the print is going to turn out the element of surprise makes this an enjoyable and challenging medium to work with, which is what 52 Weeks is all about, challenging yourself!

Week 42- Instrument

Week 43: Monster

Copic markers & thin textas

Well it is Halloween to day and what a perfect way to finish the month then with a monster themed illustration.

Week 43- Monster



Yesterday I visited Hachette Publishing House. They had opened their doors for paid visits. It was a great opportunity to see the inside of a publishing house, listen to the editors and marketers explain how the process of commissioning and promoting a book goes.

Inside Hachette Oct 2015





Seated from left are the host from the Emerging Writers Festival (sorry no name), Suzanne O’Sullivan (Children’s publisher), Robert Watkins (Fiction and Non-Fiction publisher) and Rebecca Saunders (Fiction publisher).

Suzanne O’Sullivan likes you to be on social media, likes your pitch to be brief and often reads on her e-reader, so likes to see the full manuscript.

Robert Watkin’s said about your story that … “There has to be natural lows and peaks to maintain a reader’s interests.”

Rebecca Saunders said that to her… “the title is important,” and she “wants it to be commercial.” She also wanted to know what your USP (Unique Selling Point) was.




#illo52weeks September’s Illlustrations

Another busy month has passed and five more illustrations have been completed on time (just)!

Week 35: Botany

pencil & copic markers

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 36: Dance


© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 37: Geometric


© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 38: Fauna

Acrylic & permanent marker

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 39: Melbourne

Collage, copic markers & Artline pen.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

As you can see by the last illustration that the warm weather has arrived reaching 33 degrees! You will never hear me complain of the warm weather, I love it as does my little blue penguin. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, see you next month…