#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.

original whales in pastel

So I wanted to see what I could do to improve it by working on the illustration in Adobe Illustrator.


Whales copy

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 still a learning curve.

Week 14 – Simplicity

My illustration this week was inspired by an activity I did with my children’s school during an art auction a few years ago. It was made in collage using a variety of beautiful paper.

This was the class project:

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 10.41.52 am


It is also a birthday for a family member who loves sailing, so to kill two birds with one stone I worked on Adobe Illustrator again to see if I could create a simple image:

This illustration challenge is 'sailing by' so fast!
This illustration challenge is ‘sailing by’ so fast!

I was pleased with the end result.

Simplicity is a subject that everyone has interpreted quite differently within the challenge. Some have taken it to mean simple in the way the image was made, others have created an image about something that is simple in everyday life (eg: a hug, a feather).

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