• Illustration,  Picture Books

    New Year – New Projects

    It’s a brand new year and a perfect time to feel refreshed and get stuck into some new projects. I have participated in #doodleadayjan and started an online writing and illustrating picture books course which I am throughly enjoying. I need prompts to make me work and this has been great for getting me to try new skills with my drawing. #doodleadayjan was a good way to warm up my skills and not forget them before starting the course. Here is a selection of my hand drawn illustrations from the drawing challenge: And here is a selection of my digital illustrations: I’m so glad I participated as I felt there…

  • Illustration

    #illo52weeks – July’s Illustrations

    July has been a cold month. But I  have still managed to submit 3 manuscripts: for a monthly short story blog for a Writer’s Unleashed picture book competition (deadline has now closed) to an editor that I had a consultation with at the CYA Conference (fingers crossed she likes!) And I have kept up to date with my weekly illustrations, so here goes: Week 26: Land I really enjoyed getting familiar with Illustrator Adobe again. I am hoping to improve my digital skills. This illustration is lovely and simple but one day i would like to be able to include interesting textures. It was a particularly cold week, hence the arctic…

  • Illustration,  Quick sketch

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

  • Artwork,  Illustration,  Quick sketch

    Quick sketch – in the rain

    In order to become an illustrator for children’s picture book you must practice the skill of drawing as much as you can. This is the only way you can become better at the skill. I’m a mood sketcher, painter, drawer. I do it whenever the mood grabs me. This can be often or seldom at all. In between those times I practise my writing. This system works for me. The sketch above is my attempt to try and develop my skill at drawing characters. Although the girl is a little elongated in places there are parts of it I like (the jacket with buttons) and parts I can see are…

  • Artwork,  Illustration,  Picture Books

    One Word Day: ‘Fly’

    Today on Facebook a post has appeared highlighting One Word Day in Melbourne. This is a special event organised to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. It is supported by local illustrators of Australian Society of Authors who were given their choice of art supplies to create one or more pictures interpreting the word ‘fly’. I decided to do my own illustration. I was thinking of a character I am currently writing about in one of my picture book manuscripts. It highlights his dilemna! I’ll say no more for now…  

  • Manuscripts

    Rejection letters

    Yesterday I received a rejection note in the post along with the manuscript for a children’s picture book that I had sent over a month ago. A reply in just over a month is pretty good going compared to some publishing houses. It is also very interesting to reread a manusript that you have not seen for a while, as you can see it again with fresh eyes. Maybe you can see why it was rejected in the first place or you may decide that it was just not what that particular publishing house was looking for in this moment in time. I find space from a manuscript can be…