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 were a few styles that could possibly be developed.
For the online course I have so far had to draw a little self-portrait, so here I am dressed up in my art teacher’s outfits. I always to dress to theme according to the artist I am teaching. Can you recognise the famous artwork on my skirt?:
And we had to complete a mini book which was so much fun and not something I had done before. so chuffed to be learning new skills. Here is a sneaky peek at pages 3 and 4.
I am still writing but this year I am focusing on my illustration skills which has so far been lots of fun already!
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 feel this year my motto might very well be: ‘Better Late Than Never.’ I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. I have always been a punctual person, like half an hour early kind of punctual, but this year I have already missed the dates for 3/4 of the themes for this January’s 52 Week Illustration Challenge. Should I give up? I ask myself this every year. See last years blog post: #illo52weeks – January’s Ilustrations And each December I am always super glad I didn’t give up as I find myself looking over 52 different styles of illustrations, some rubbish, some good and some I am really pleased with.
As I was away for a month at Xmas I didn’t quite get around to posting December’s illustrations. So here they are:
Week 49: Gift
Week 50: Festive
Week 51: Celebrate
Week 52: Reflection
So this year, I may not meet the deadline each week but I have decided not to stress too much about it. Aslong as I complete the themes, that is okay by me. If the Xmas holidays or something like your eldest starting high school is taking priority (as it is this week) that’s fine. I’m going with the flow rather than battling upstream. Late is better than never and on that note, Happy New Year everyone!
PS: let’s totally forget the fact that I turned up a week early for my writers group meeting yesterday! It’s going to be that kind of year. 🙂
Before I had cats, I had no interest in them whatsoever. But now that I have Merlin and Storm, a ‘mad cat lady’ phenomenon has taken over me and my art!
Here are Storm and Merlin. I even use words like ‘fur babies.’ Oh the shame of it! But as you can see, they are rather gorgeous.
Someone once told me they thought Storm the grey cat was a Prussian Blue cat. But after a bit of research I don’t think he is but that did give me an idea for this week’s theme of Blue.
Week 41: Island
I was born on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK.
Week 42: Dog
Week 43: Rainbow
Lots of digital practice this month so it seems. Which is good as I need to really develop my skills in this area. It is also the perfect thing to preoccupy myself with while I am waiting with fingers crossed for replies from manuscripts that are out there in the publishing world.
Today is also #PBPitch day on Twitter. I have entered a few, have you?
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 theme.
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 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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂