Work in progress – Child writing #1

Today I have been trying to illustrate and create a character that I am currently writing about for a children’s picture book. The theme of the story  is set in the 1920’s and a young girl is writing letters to her father who is sailing to Australia from Jersey, Channel Islands for work.

First quick sketch in pencil


I actually need to get my daughter to pose for me in this position so I can sketch the body posture more accurately.

Adding the first colours in watercolour

Painting digitally is a strange experience. But I do like the control over any mistakes made. They can just be ‘undone’ at the click of a button.

More colour and detail.


As I only have black and white photos of my ancestors, I had to do a quick Google search to check what colours clothing fabric would have been in the 1920’s.

Adding more detail


To be continued…

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