#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

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© Ramona Davey 2014


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

feather girl


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 I drew straight onto the table cloth this little girl.

Week 29 – Plane

Week 29- plane


Gelli art again. I love the multi-coloured layers that can be created using this technique. I really want to get so much better at it.

Week 30 – Sydney

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© Ramona Davey 2014

Adobe Illustrator

My trial using Adobe Illustrator ran out on at the end of this image. I had just finished when I realised a mistake on the stamp edging to the right, but I couldn’t open up the software again to fix it.

Week 31 – Lines

Week 31 - Line
© Ramona Davey 2014

Artliner 0.4/ Watercolour paint

Just a quick fun one. I have no idea why I felt the need to draw long elongated figures. It’s just what my hand felt like doing. It took me a few days to figure out what I was going to do with the sketch. The characters started off as aliens, then birds and then humans. 😀

The next theme starts on Wednesday: Psychedelic!

#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


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Clouds No.2 – Balloon floating up to the clouds

This time I used more than one colour, plus cloud templates. I then experimented with brushing paint across the Gelli plate (yellow, white, red) and laid the paper down to add to the first print.

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Thanks goes to Jess Racklyeft who demonstrated this technique within her own amazing illustrations as a fellow participant in Tania McCartney’s 52 week Illustration Challenge.

#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

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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.

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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 enjoy creating digital art, so I am going to have to go on a course.

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I decided to have another crack at the octopus theme in pencil and then Photoshopped  the image just for fun (using Trace image).

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Week 25: Dots

Again I decided to do more pencil work.

Pencil – watercolour – Copic pen outliner

Week 25 - Dots

And that brings me up to date – I look forward to seeing what I create for next weeks theme – ‘Clouds.’

#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

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This illustration was created on Adobe illustraor. First of all I found an image of a carousal horse online, printed it off and traced the shape. I uploaded my outline to the computer and then placed it into Illustrator and filled it in.

This image will always remind me of the weekend my father passed away. I felt a desperate need to get it done on the Sunday. I told my partner that something was going to happen the following week and I would not get my illustration done it time before the Wednesday deadline. So I worked on it all day along with polishing some manuscripts for other competition deadlines.

The next morning I got the call from my sister. Spooky but true!


Week 18 – Celestial bodies

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Completed on Adobe Illustrator.

Me and my siblings were not too sure what my father believed in when we were trying to organise his funeral – but I did remember that once upon a time I asked him if he went to church. He said he didn’t need to as the ‘sky was his church.’


Week 19 – Fish

Week 19 - Fish

I didn’t have access to my Illustrator software in jersey which was a good thing because it made me try a different media. I love cut paper art and decided to try one of my own.

PS: My father was a fisherman.


Week 20 – Colour

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The emotions of colour was fun to do and plus my drawing skills needed the practice.

I am back in Australia now and am catching up with everything, plus I am keen to see what else I can produce with all the interesting themes Tania McCartney has provided all of us participants.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#illo52weeks – Weeks 15 & 16

Week 15 – Detail

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Hand picked fushia
Adobe Illustrator

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

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Book cover design isn’t an area I have had much practise in, infact this is probably the first book cover I have ever designed , so I know I have a long way to go to get it professional looking. A useful tip I have read about designing front covers is to keep it minimal, tis type of style will help the book to look timeless. It also helps the reader to focus on the book’s title and authors name.

I like what I have achieved here but it lacks depth and tone – another illustration I may come back to at a later date.


#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:

Week 11 - Architecture La Rocco Tower By Ramona Davey
Week 11 – Architecture
La Rocco Tower By Ramona Davey

I have always wanted to improve on my pen & ink drawing skills inspired by a local artist from where I was born, Edmund Blampied, but I got frustrated with my lack of skill and left it as it was before I ruined it.

Week 12 – Number

It took me all week to think about what to do for this theme. Initially I was going to finish the digital Architecture building I was going to do as mentioned above, as the building has a date engraved in stone on it. But instead I did this:

Week 12 - Numbers Counting sheep By Ramona Davey
Week 12 – Numbers
Counting sheep By Ramona Davey

Every week I am learning or improving in some way. It may not be always obvious but it must surely be better than doing no artwork each week. Hope you are enjoying Tania McCartney’s 52 Week Challenge as much as I am!

#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 upon facebook/etc. One of my recent picture book manuscripts has a Rockhopper Penguin in it!


Week 9 – Tree

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I never know what I am going to do each week. It always takes me by surprise. Here I wanted to capture a scene rather than a stand alone object.


Week 10 – Pattern

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This was hard work as Adobe Illustrator is new to me. I can’t access my Art Rage Software as it is on our computer that has broken down. This has turned out to be a good thing as it has made me try something new. Again, watching youtube really helped me understand using a grid, the pen tool, etc.


To see all my illustrations for this challenge so far go to this page:

52 Week Illustration Challenge 2014

#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
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 machine looking type of robot. I rolled white acrylic paint over the tile and pressed black card ontop of that.

Week 7: Watercolour

Two of my manuscripts include a main character that is an Australian Little Blue Penguin. Sometimes I draw them. This helps me to establish their character in my mind and discover what litlle quirks or personlity traits they may have. I used Mont Marte woodless graphite pencils and watercolour pencils.

week 6: Watercolour - Little Blue Penguins by Ramona Davey
Week 6: Watercolour –                                                         Little Blue Penguins by Ramona Davey


So, as you can see, two completely different types of images, techniques and styles yet again. If you are taking part in the challenge, I hope you are enjoying it asmuch as I am! 🙂

#Illo52weeks – week 2 – kids

© Ramona Davey 2014
© Ramona Davey 2014

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 am also aware of the growing amount of Author/Illustrators that are now being published (Mo Willems, Gus Gordon, Aaron Blabey) and this spurs me to work hard at seeing if this is something I can pursue. If I get good enough and find my own style, which at the moment is a bit eclectic!


52 week illustration challenge

Tania McCartney’s 52 week illustration challenge has taken off like a storm! The range of skills and numbers of participants of all ages and levels of ability is inspiring.