A Fun Day Out Illustration Competition

The results have come in for the New England Illustration Prize. Well done to the winners and everyone who entered!

My illustration for the theme ‘A Fun Day Out,’ didn’t get selected but I am okay with that.

Being a writer means you get used to rejections. I come away feeling that I am glad I entered because you have to be in it to win it, and if you don’t enter your chances are zero.

Rejections seem to spur me on to do better next time and that’s the great thing about competitions. Plus, I come away with an illustration I might not have even bothered attempting if I hadn’t chosen to enter.

Here it is:

I had just been teaching painted paper lessons to my year one students. It was fun to do and the artworks looked fabulous. I wanted to try this at home. Yes, I know another style! If you have read my posts before one of my biggest obstacles as an illustrator is that I don’t know what medium I like to work with best or what style my best art is so I keep trying out new stuff. Hopefully one day it will all click into place. It’s a bit eclectic like my dress sense and my house. 🙂

I don’t know why I chose sharks except I suppose I wanted to choose an animal that you wouldn’t normally think of as having a fun family day out. I didn’t want it to be predictable.

The sea and sand textures  were created by putting blobs of paint onto paper and scraping a plastic ruler across the page. I accidentally got blue on the sand but I liked the fact that it looked like the sea reflecting on the bottom of the seabed so I left it.

I look forward to the next competition to see what I come up with.

 

July’s 52 Week Illustration Challenge

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

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

 

Week 28: Knitting

Digital art using Tayasui App on ipad

Week 28- Knitting
© Ramona Davey 2016

Week 29: Collage

scrap bits of paper and fineliner

Week 29- Collage
© Ramona Davey 2016

Week 30: Vintage

old photo scanned and placed in to Illustrator Adobe with digital art added on top

Week 30- Vintage
© Ramona Davey 2016

 

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.

Until next month – adieu!

 

March’s illustrations – 52 week challenge

March is over, Autumn has arrived and the school hols will soon be upon us. So today I am going to work like a trouper, writing blog posts, critiquing manuscripts and editing my own.

Week 9: Watercolour (and coloured pencils)

This isn’t a medium I am comfortable with. I don’t feel I can control it. But I did enjoy creating this illustrating after doing some research on Pinterest for watercolour picture book illustrations. Sometimes painting in a similar style to an established illustrator can help you learn a new process.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

 

Week 10: Animal

Coloured pencils

A ‘Jersey crapaud’ – the nickname in Jersey french for toad, used for locals from Jersey, Channel Islands, like myself.

Week 10- Animal

 

Week 11: Mother

Watercolour & fineliner

As you can see I had toads on my mind. I wanted to practice more animals. Simplify them so that I didn’t fear drawing them. I also continued using watercolour. It is good to get out of your comfort zone and use other mediums.

Week 11- Mother

 

Week 12: Non-dominant hand

Copic markers

Using your non-dominant hand certainly puts you out of your comfort zone. This is good if you have a slightly controlling personality. 🙂 I couldn’t lose complete control so I used Copic markers as I am very comfortable with them. These are two characters I have in mind for one of my manuscripts!

 

Week 12- Non-dominant hand

Week 13:  Movement

Collage & copic markers

Abstract themes are difficult for me. I am more of a concrete thinker. My inspiration came from my daughter’s dance classes.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

 

So, it seems March was a month of being out of my comfort zone as far as illustration is concerned. But it was fun! 🙂

Now I need to focus on entering the CYA Competition.

#illo52weeks – February’s illustrations

Week 5: 1920’s

This illustration was based on a photo of my grandfather’s cousin Mabel Benest.

Copic markers & fineliner

Week 5- 1920's

Week 6: Printing

I got a bit carried away this week with the Gelli plate, creating 3 different scenes.

It is such a fun medium to work with and I never really now what the end result will look like.

A lot of trial and error and pleasant surprises!

Acrylic paint and gelli plate.

Week 6- printing 2   Week 6- printing bear in forest 1

Of course, it was February so I had to do a Valentines version.

Week 6: Printing - cat & mouse 2

Week 7: Kindergarten

I did some casual teaching in a kindergarten class during this week and they were learning about ordinal numbers. Very comical!

Copic markers and fineliner.

Week 7- Kindergarten copy

 

Week 8: Horizon

I was born on an island and was lucky enough to see on the horizon other islands and France!

Collage.

Week 8- Horizon

Adieu February. Bonjour March!

#illo52weeks September’s Illlustrations

Another busy month has passed and five more illustrations have been completed on time (just)!

Week 35: Botany

pencil & copic markers

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 36: Dance

Acrylic

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 37: Geometric

Digital

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 38: Fauna

Acrylic & permanent marker

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 39: Melbourne

Collage, copic markers & Artline pen.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

As you can see by the last illustration that the warm weather has arrived reaching 33 degrees! You will never hear me complain of the warm weather, I love it as does my little blue penguin. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, see you next month…

#illo52weeks – July’s Illustrations

July has been a cold month. But I  have still managed to submit 3 manuscripts:

  1. for a monthly short story blog
  2. for a Writer’s Unleashed picture book competition (deadline has now closed)
  3. 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 theme.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 27: Style

I loved spending time creating this illustration. The moment I saw the theme i knew exactly what I wanted to do. My four year old niece Emma Rose, dresses up for every occasion even colouring in. I also enjoy collage.

Week 27: Style
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 28: Winter

Yes, it was still cold outside and I had just taken the kids tobogganing as a holiday treat in Corin Forest, half an hour from Canberra. Cold but great fun! Of course it inspired this weeks theme in digital medium. I was thrilled to see that my ‘Winter’ illustration was among the selection of Lisa-Marie’s picks on The 52 Week Illustration Challenge blog. Check out the other great winter themed illustrations too.

© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 29: Love

This was inspired by a photo I saw on the internet of a little boy blowing dandelion seeds off the stalk. My figure drawing still feels a bit stiff and is something I need to work on.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 30: Portrait

I can not believe we are over half way already! As you know I am an aspiring children’s author. Therefore I have given myself the challenge that my illustrations must be completed in a style that would be suitable for a children’s picture book or chapter book. hence I have drawn this digital illustration as if it was drawn by my daughter when she was younger.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my illustrations. I am always keen to know which ones resonate or are the most appealing to my readers, so feel free to let me know. Till next month – happy drawing! 🙂

#illo52weeks – May’s Illustrations

Week 17: Fluffy

I really enjoyed doing this illustration. I loved trying to create humourous characters in as simple a style as I could (I can get bogged down with realism and detail).

Collage, copic markers, Artline pen 0.4

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 18: Art Deco

I love the style of Art Deco in buildings and furniture and had never had a reason to try the style myself until now. I stumbled across a shop recently that was selling weaved card for a good price so i bought a few packets of a variety of colours. The card was the perfect medium for cutting and collage and the weaved texture added to the overall look.

Week 18- Art Deco scan
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 19: Eat

More collage!

Week 19- Eat
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 20: Melancholy

This theme brought out quite an emotional week on the 52 Week Illustration Challenge page on Facebook. As I fam trying to keep focused on picture book styles I thought about what kind of things make children feel meloncholic and being left out of the playground games is one of them. This little monster doesn’t like being left out of the skipping game.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 21: Stripes

This theme style was inspired by the photo below and the poem ‘Tiger Tiger’ by William Blake:

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I haven’t quite got the same level of talent as Brooklyn-based illustrator and printmaker JooHee Yoon but it is always good to be inspired and aspire to someone creative.

Here’s my version using gelli printing and Artline pen 0.4:© Ramona Davey 2015

© Ramona Davey 2015

It has been a busy month and the icing on the cake was the Sydney Writers Festival that I attended with my son to check out the Illustrators Battle Round. Here are a couple of my tweets at the event.

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#illo52 weeks – April’s Illustrations

Due to all the writing commitments I have given myself I have decided to post my illustrations for Tania McCartney’s 52 Week Illustraion Challenge as a job lot each month rather than each week.

So here are my illustrations for April:

Week 13: Transport

Pencil sketch & Copic markers

I had Easter on my mind.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 14: Whimsy

Biro on a serviette in a cafe 🙂

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 15: Vietnam

Pencil sketch, Copic markers, paper, tissue paper

I like looking at this one. Although my figure is a bit stiff I am pleased with the overall effect. I am enjoying working in collage.

Week 15 - Vietnam
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 16: Structure

Gelli printing, collage

Don’t ask me why the ice is pink. It is the image I had in my mind that wouldn’t go away.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

It is Week 17 and the theme is Fluffy. I have no idea what I am going to do??? Or how I am going to do it yet…

#illo52weeks – Week 11 & 12

Week 11: Green

Gelli printing / collage

Week 11: Green
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 12: Costume

Artline pen / collage

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey

We break up for the Easter holidays today. I am sure Easter was on my mind when I completed Week 12’s Costume illustration. I was thrilled to see it included in Nicky’s picks here: 52 Week Illustration Challenge

As the last week of March it has been busy due to the closing dates for the following competitions:

SCBWI Work In Progress Grant

Rate Your Story Writing Contest

Caterpillar Poetry Prize

I can relax for a few days before I prepare manuscriipts for the next competitions:

CYA Conference Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition ~ 2015

Creative Kids Tales – 2015 Bone, Box or Sea Shell competition

Fingers crossed! 🙂

#ill52weeks – Week 5: Kitchen

I thought I wasn’t goiong to come up with an idea in time before the day ended. I had a need to do collage and so I thought I would give that a go in a rather tentative fashion.

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey

I finished just in time to do school pick up. And I feel quite pleased with the end result.

It is always such a relief to complete each weeks challenge and I am determined no to miss a week. This keeps me developing my skills and is good practice at meeting deadlines.

Tomorrow the theme is ‘Magic.’ 🙂