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 really enjoyed painting this illustration of my flamenco dancing flamingoes. I based it on a similar one from last year’s challenge of some foxtrotting foxes here: Week 36 – 2015
Week 45: Zebra – acrylic paints
Then I came up with the idea of a zip-lining zebra! I discovered a sketch book of canvas paper. I love the effect it has and how nice it is to paint on.
Week 46: Treehouse – copic markers
During this week a friend of mine was travelling around Australia and shared a photo of a tree – circa 1858 Johann Herbig and his wife Anna lived in the base of a very large gum tree to save money while they built a house. They had two children while living in the tree but altogether they had 16 children. Can you spot them?
Week 47: Buildings – gelli print and digital
Week 48: Clock – polystyrene print
I was late with this illustration. I couldn’t for the life of me think what to do and then I saw this blog post at Mrs Knight’s Smart Artists and it reminded me of how much I love to print using polystyrene tiles. These are not easy to get hold of in Australia. You can see more of my work printing on polystyrene tiles here: Week 9: Texture 2015
Well that is it for another month and we have only one month left to go till the end of the year. This week the theme was ‘Gift,’ which I have thankfully completed on time but you will have to wait until the very last day of this year to see it. And here are the secret santa gifts me and my writer group buddies give to each other at this year’s Xmas dinner:
And here we are. My invaluable group of writerly friends that critique my writing to make it a stronger story for the future reader:
It was a great night full of love and laughter. Have a Christmas/holiday.
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.
In the very near future I will (fingers crossed) be announcing the end of some very hard work and the beginning of my first self-published children’s picture book. Although I am aware that this is not the end of the hard work, as marketing your book can be tough.
The book is aimed at anyone with connections to Jersey, Channel Islands, the book contains illustrations to go with a very classic Christmas rhyme. It can also be used as an early reader and counting book.
How good is that, reading, counting and singing all in one book!
The self-published route is a huge learning curve. Here are just a few of the things you have to consider and decide upon:
gloss or matt
hardback or softback/paperback
And not every publisher/printer uses the same terminology. Although I have been quite a bag of nerves over making all these decisions it has also been quite empowering.
I have already shown some examples of the artwork in previous posts:
I felt inspired to create my own Valentines image. The inspiration came from the book: Me Want Pet which sounds great from the review. Simple language is used very effectively, alongside the simple images. I am still a novice at digital art and have a lot to learn still. But it is enjoyable never-the-less!