It is already the 4th April. I have decided not to worry about deadlines for the illustrations this year but rather focus on participating, developing my drawing skills and exploring new styles and techniques. I have also decided not to worry about completing each theme. This year I am going to complete the ones that resonate with me. So here they are…
Week 2: Feathered Animals
I used the Sketch App. I love woodcuts and decided to play around to see if I could get a similar effect. So I used black shape option to create simple black bird shapes and then went over the top in white. I liked how they looked but was curious to see how adding a little colour would look. See next image.
In black & white:
Week 5: Peacock
As you can see I enjoyed playing around with this technique. I like the speed in which I can create. I love the fact it is digital so I can undo any think I don’t like or think doesn’t work.
Week 8: Pastel
Creating backgrounds is one of my weaknesses, something I need to work on but I enjoyed creating this subtle underwater scene.
Week 9: Baking
I was time poor this week and that is the beauty of digital art apps. They can be quick to use. My daughter has been doing a lot of baking recently due to all the black bananas we have in the fridge!
Week 11: Perspective
As much as I love the speed and ability to correct and press the undo button with digital art I also love collage. I focused on using simple shapes so the illustration had a more stylised feel to it. The end result was pleasing.
I feel this year my motto might very well be: ‘Better Late Than Never.’ I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. I have always been a punctual person, like half an hour early kind of punctual, but this year I have already missed the dates for 3/4 of the themes for this January’s 52 Week Illustration Challenge. Should I give up? I ask myself this every year. See last years blog post: #illo52weeks – January’s Ilustrations And each December I am always super glad I didn’t give up as I find myself looking over 52 different styles of illustrations, some rubbish, some good and some I am really pleased with.
As I was away for a month at Xmas I didn’t quite get around to posting December’s illustrations. So here they are:
Week 49: Gift
Week 50: Festive
Week 51: Celebrate
Week 52: Reflection
So this year, I may not meet the deadline each week but I have decided not to stress too much about it. Aslong as I complete the themes, that is okay by me. If the Xmas holidays or something like your eldest starting high school is taking priority (as it is this week) that’s fine. I’m going with the flow rather than battling upstream. Late is better than never and on that note, Happy New Year everyone!
PS: let’s totally forget the fact that I turned up a week early for my writers group meeting yesterday! It’s going to be that kind of year. 🙂
Before I had cats, I had no interest in them whatsoever. But now that I have Merlin and Storm, a ‘mad cat lady’ phenomenon has taken over me and my art!
Here are Storm and Merlin. I even use words like ‘fur babies.’ Oh the shame of it! But as you can see, they are rather gorgeous.
Someone once told me they thought Storm the grey cat was a Prussian Blue cat. But after a bit of research I don’t think he is but that did give me an idea for this week’s theme of Blue.
Week 41: Island
I was born on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK.
Week 42: Dog
Week 43: Rainbow
Lots of digital practice this month so it seems. Which is good as I need to really develop my skills in this area. It is also the perfect thing to preoccupy myself with while I am waiting with fingers crossed for replies from manuscripts that are out there in the publishing world.
Today is also #PBPitch day on Twitter. I have entered a few, have you?
Overall this month it looks liked I focused on developing character drawings. Each month I wonder if I should do a course on picture book illustration or Adobe photoshop as I feel amateur in both areas still. Some illustrations I am happy with, like the pencils and others not so much, like the penguin. I played around with line drawings of cats. Trying to simplify their shape as much as possible. I can tend to get hung up on detail.
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
Week 28: Knitting
Digital art using Tayasui App on ipad
Week 29: Collage
scrap bits of paper and fineliner
Week 30: Vintage
old photo scanned and placed in to Illustrator Adobe with digital art added on top
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.
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 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.
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 17: Collector
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. 🙂
So now it is May with the following themes of grandmother, adventure, still life and ink. I wonder what I will come up with???
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 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 3: Theme Park
This theme overwhelmed me so I stuck to as simple a concept as I could.
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). 🙂
Well, I can’t believe another year is done and I managed to complete 52 more illustrations for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge founded by Tania McCartney.
Week 48: Warm
Week 49: History
Week 50: Party
Week 51: Family
Week 52: World
This year I have particularly enjoyed line drawing. Has a definite style emerged yet? I’m not sure, but others say they can recognise my work. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this ever growing community and have been determined each week to complete an illustration no matter how busy or chaotic life may be at the time. I have set myself an achievable goal. I did not have to complete masterpieces each week but I had to complete a drawing, a sketch, a painting, an illustration each week before the deadline.
Am I glad I stuck to it, for sure, will I do it again this year for 2016? Maybe, I haven’t decided yet… you will have to come back soon. 🙂
Here is a brief glimpse of all my illustrations for this year: