#illo52weeks – August’s illustrations

Phew! August was a busy month. going back to casual teaching in a primary school has not only been nerve wracking and exhilarating but also taken up a lot of what would usually be my writing and illustrating time. But nevertheless, I kept on time with each illustration if if it was by the skin of my teeth. So here they are:

Week 31: Shakespeare

I decided to use good old fashioned pen and ink as this was the first thing that came to mind when thinking of shakespeare. he would have written all his manuscripts and plays in pen and ink, probably with a quill, but I didn’t go that far. ūüėČ But I did look for a Shakespeare quote to help me with my idea.

Week 31- Shakespeare
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 32: Fabric

I am still keen to keep improving my digital skills and The Princess & The Pea came to mind.

Week 32- Fabric
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 33: Mythology

Drawing characters is also another area I want to improve, especially cute ones like this little fella in his dressing up outfit as Medusa. I think Book Week must have been on my mind as my kids were dressing up during this week for Book Character parade. My daughter went as Tweedle Dee and my son as Asterix, although living in Australia not many of his friends knew who he was, in jersey they would have done, especially being only a couple of hours away from France.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 34: Japan

This one was tricky for me. I had never been to Japan so couldn’t draw from memories. So I decided to do another¬†little character/figurine.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

And then finally the full results for the CYA Conference Writers Competition arrived in my inbox. You can go to this link here: Final results. Initially you get to find out whether or not you are shortlisted, which I was and you can read about it here: CYA Conference 2015. Then you get the judges feedback which is so valuable but this doesn’t tell you where you came in the ratings but the Final results do.

So here are my results:

Category 1 РPicture Books РPreschool ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette Рmy manuscript TEN LITTLE RANGERS came 9th out of 107 entries.

Category 2 РPicture Books РPrimary ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette Рmy manuscript THREE GREEDY PIGS came 7th out of 147 entries.

Category 4a – Chapter Books¬†~¬†Suzanne O‚ÄôSullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.¬†– my manuscript THE WOODLINGS came 1st out of 16 entries. ūüôā

Category 4b – Chapter Books¬†~¬†Suzanne O‚ÄôSullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.¬†– my manuscript SIRONA”S SECRET came 3rd out of 36 entries.

I like to know where I am placed. It help me see whether or not I am improving, which manuscript is my strongest and most appealing to it’s reader and which manuscripts to get polishing ready for submitting to editors/publishers.

This weeks’ illustration is Week 35: Botany.

#illo52weeks – July’s Illustrations

July has been a cold month. But I  have still managed to submit 3 manuscripts:

  1. for a monthly short story blog
  2. for a Writer’s Unleashed picture book competition (deadline has now closed)
  3. to an editor that I had a consultation with at the CYA Conference (fingers crossed she likes!)

And I have kept up to date with my weekly illustrations, so here goes:

Week 26: Land

I really enjoyed getting familiar with Illustrator Adobe again. I am hoping to improve my digital skills. This illustration is lovely and simple but one day i would like to be able to include interesting textures. It was a particularly cold week, hence the arctic theme.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 27: Style

I loved spending time creating this illustration. The moment I saw the theme i knew exactly what I wanted to do. My four year old niece Emma Rose, dresses up for every occasion even colouring in. I also enjoy collage.

Week 27: Style
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 28: Winter

Yes, it was still cold outside and I had just taken the kids tobogganing as a holiday treat in Corin Forest, half an hour from Canberra. Cold but great fun! Of course it inspired this weeks theme in digital medium. I was thrilled to see that my ‘Winter’ illustration was among the selection of Lisa-Marie’s picks on¬†The 52 Week Illustration Challenge blog. Check out the other great winter themed illustrations too.

© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 29: Love

This was inspired by a photo I saw on the internet of a little boy blowing dandelion seeds off the stalk. My figure drawing still feels a bit stiff and is something I need to work on.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 30: Portrait

I can not believe we are over half way already! As you know I am an aspiring children’s author. Therefore I have given myself the challenge that my illustrations must be completed in a style that would be suitable for a children’s picture book or chapter¬†book. hence I have drawn this digital illustration as if it was drawn by my daughter when she was younger.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my illustrations. I am always keen to know which ones resonate or are the most appealing to my readers, so feel free to let me know. Till next month – happy drawing! ūüôā

#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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#illo52 weeks – April’s Illustrations

Due to all the writing commitments I have given myself I have decided to post my illustrations for Tania McCartney’s 52 Week Illustraion Challenge as a job lot each month rather than each week.

So here are my illustrations for April:

Week 13: Transport

Pencil sketch & Copic markers

I had Easter on my mind.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 14: Whimsy

Biro on a serviette in a cafe ūüôā

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 15: Vietnam

Pencil sketch, Copic markers, paper, tissue paper

I like looking at this one. Although my figure is a bit stiff I am pleased with the overall effect. I am enjoying working in collage.

Week 15 - Vietnam
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 16: Structure

Gelli printing, collage

Don’t ask me why the ice is pink. It is the image I had in my mind that wouldn’t go away.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

It is Week 17 and the theme is Fluffy. I have no idea what I am going to do??? Or how I am going to do it yet…

#illo52weeks – Week 11 & 12

Week 11: Green

Gelli printing / collage

Week 11: Green
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 12: Costume

Artline pen / collage

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey

We break up for the Easter holidays today. I am sure Easter was on my mind when I completed Week 12’s Costume illustration. I was thrilled to see it included in Nicky’s picks here: 52 Week Illustration Challenge

As the last week of March it has been busy due to the closing dates for the following competitions:

SCBWI Work In Progress Grant

Rate Your Story Writing Contest

Caterpillar Poetry Prize

I can relax for a few days before I prepare manuscriipts for the next competitions:

CYA Conference Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition ~ 2015

Creative Kids Tales – 2015 Bone, Box or Sea Shell competition

Fingers crossed! ūüôā

#illo52weeks – Week 10: Night

We are often encouraged to create art in the style of a particular artist. I did this at college. I know that children do this in school with artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse or Miro. It is a good way to learn.

I love Chris Haughton’s illustration for Shh! We have A Plan. I tried to create an illustration in the style of his work but I do not have access to digital art software at the moment. So I tried to get hold of coloured acetate sheets. No luck. The nearest I got was celophane paper.

photo 2It kind of worked but reflected the light too much and ruined the look.

photo 1So I played around with the edit options.

photo 3I created another scene and played around with the edit options again.

Week 10: Night
Week 10: Night

I didn’t quite create what I had in mind but I do like the overlapping effect of see-through materials. I will try again some other time.

This week’s theme is GREEN. I wonder what I will come up with?

 

#illo52weeks Week 9: Texture

As usual I mulled over this week’s theme of ‘Texture’ until I came up with an idea of what image I wanted to do and what medium I felt would work the best.

I was going to do a Kookaburra and engrave it out of a rubber tile. But that didn’t work so I came up with plan B.

Drawing into polystyrene tiles is so satisfying and lots of fun. ¬†It also comes naturally with a texture of it’s own. I decided to do an old hut as I thought about bricks, corrugated roofs, etc.

These are the things I used:

A roller, a polystyrene tile and a pencil
A roller, a polystyrene tile and a pencil

I drew my image onto the tile using anything that has a point on it. Pencils will do, or kebab sticks, etc.

To make the square shapes I pressed a piece of Lego into the tile.

I cut out the background with a craft knife. Be careful not to snap delicate bits off, as you can see the chimney is missing.

Then roll your paint over the tile – remember that you will turn the tile over and therefore get the mirror image of what you have drawn. I used Acrylic paint.

Black paint on white paper
Black paint on white paper
White paint on parcel paper
White paint on parcel paper

I prefer the white on brown – it feels more rural – but it is always interesting trying out different colours. You can keep cutting out different parts and rolling another colour over the tile to add colour to your artwork.

Next weeks theme is: NIGHT