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    #illo52 weeks – Weeks 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31

    Where has five weeks gone? This week I am posting the past five weeks of illustrations that I have created for Tania McCartney’s 52 week Illustration Challenge. Week 27 – Snow   This is one of my illustrations that has received the most popular feedback and amount of comments so far. Created using a Gelli art plate, acrylic paint and a black fine liner. I like it’s simplicity. Week 28 – Feather   I had been printing some feathers using my gelli art plate. Brushing over the feathers to create templates. The feathers left marks on the plastic table cloth and I suddenly saw an image in my mind. So…

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    #illo52weeks – week 26: Clouds

    This week I tried a new medium: Gelli art. I had so  much fun with it as did my nine year old daughter. I watched a few you tube videos and videos on Pinterest to see what you can create with it. This is what I did for this weeks theme: Clouds No. 1 – Polar bear under snow cloud Acrylic paint rolled onto the gelli plate cut out card templates block the paint from covering the whole sheet of paper that I lay ontop of the plate     Clouds No.2 – Balloon floating up to the clouds This time I used more than one colour, plus cloud templates.…

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    #illo52weeks – Weeks 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25

    Wow! Where has the time gone? We are at the end of week 25 for Tania McCartney’s Illustration Challenge. Here are the previous weeks worth of my ilustrations: Week 21: Boxes & Week 22: Eyes Based on egyptian coffin of Khnum Nakht – completed in Adobe illustrator Week 23: Feast Pencil sketch – Watercolour – Artline pen outline It can be very frustrating to have an image in your head that your hands just can’t create. This was fun to do never-the-less. Week 24: Octopus This first image was completed in Adobe Illustrator. It’s okay. I am getting frustrated with my own lack of skill with this medium but I…

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    #illo52weeks – Weeks 17, 18, 19 & 20

    Today I am uploading four weeks worth of illustrations. Why so many in one go? Well, about a month ago I received the call that every expat dreads… your father has died. And as to be expected I travelled back to Jersey with my children for four weeks and came offline. But the beauty of creativity is that it is always with you through thick and thin. And so there were moments I could distract myself from the sorrow I felt and withdraw into my arty headspace.   Week 17 – Horse   This illustration was created on Adobe illustraor. First of all I found an image of a carousal horse…

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    #illo52weeks – Weeks 15 & 16

    Week 15 – Detail Interestingly enough, at college and previous to that i would say I was a detailed artist. It’s what I felt comfortable with. I could spend hours drawing in minute details into my art. But for this weeks challenge I found it difficult to be aas detailed as I used to be. Maybe it’s a time limit thing. Pre kids I had more time to draw in detail and take hours over one piece. So the above image is not as detailed as I would like it to be – I may come back to it. Week 16 – Book Cover Book cover design isn’t an area…

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    #illo52weeks – Weeks 11 & 12

    Week 11 – Architecture I wanted to really challenge myself with this weeks theme of Architecture, the trouble is that what is in my brain doesn’t always transfer to paper/computer when I am trying to create an image. I actually started a project on Adobe Illustrator but then got distracted with editing and revising my chapter and middle-grade manuscripts. I was in the flow with my writing and therefore didn’t want to miss the moment and let all my ideas disappear never to be remembered. This meant I ran out of time to complete my digital Architectural piece and instead doodled this: I have always wanted to improve on my…

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    #illo52weeks – weeks 8, 9 & 10

    I present 3 illustrations today for weeks 8, 9 and 10. It’s been a busy time as I have been filling my days with: teaching myself Adobe Illustrator by watching many youtube tutorial videos submitting manuscripts to Koala Books /Scholastic before their deadline closed on 28th February (a rare opportunity, too good to miss, so fingers crossed) preparing a chapter book manuscript for my critique group So here we are, I present 3 more completely different styles yet again: Week 8 – Cross-hatching I really enjoyed this process, it can go wrong quickly so it is best not to rush. This started as a sketch while I was writing/reading blogs/catching…

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    #illo52weeks – weeks 6 & 7

    The good news is that I am practising my art more than if I wasn’t participating in Tania McCartneys 52 week Ilustration Challenge. The bad news is that there is still no sign of a very obvious style developing as you will see in today’s post: Week 6: Machinery Week 7: Machinery by Ramona Davey The material sfor this artwork came just in time for the deadline before the theme changed. I had ordered some polystyrene tiles for printing with. Usually I use a pencil and draw onto the tile by pressing into it nut this time a use utensils/machines. I pressed the objects into the tile to create a…

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    #Illo52weeks – week 2 – kids

    Here week 2’s illustration – theme KIDS   This week I decided to use a different medium. On my Wacom tablet using Art Rage software I traced over photos on the compuetr screen to create the composition. Once I had moved the kids around into the best position and varied their size, I began sketching with pencil. Then I used some close up photos of the kids clothing for the kids outfits. Erasing any material not needed. This was a totally new method for me and I was keen to try a collage style of illustration which has been so popular in the recent years (eg: Charlie & Lola). I…