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    #illo52weeks – December’s illustrations

    Well, I can’t believe another year is done and I managed to complete 52 more illustrations for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge founded by Tania McCartney. Week 48: Warm   Week 49: History   Week 50: Party   Week 51: Family   Week 52: World   This year I have particularly enjoyed line drawing. Has a definite style emerged yet? I’m not sure, but others say they can recognise my work. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this ever growing community and have been determined each week to complete an illustration no matter how busy or chaotic life may be at the time. I have set myself an achievable goal.…

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    #illo52weeks – Weeks 51 & 52

    I can’t believe the year is over – which means The 52 Week Illustration Challenge founded by Tania McCartney is also over! It has been a great challenge to be part of and I have created over 52 illustrations that certainly wouldn’t have existed had I not participated. It was a delight to see everyone else’s creations too. If you would like to see the complete collection click here: 52 Week Illustration Challenge 2014 Week 51: Silhouette My other hobby is family history and I love the old silhouettes or Victorian era cameos that were in fashion as broaches and wall portraits. This is my daughter drawn using textas onto…

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    #illo52weeks – Week 32: Psychedelic

    Here is this weeks illustration for the theme ‘Psychedelic‘ for Tania McCartney’s 52 week illustration challenge: Pencil sketch, wax crayons and masking fluid painted over with watercolour and outlined in food colouring as I didn’t have any indian inks. I need to do a little more practice with the masking fluid as this was my firts time using this material. I couldn’t get it off and when I did manage to peel some of it back off it tore the paper. Each week I have no idea what I will illustrate for the weeks theme. I mull it over in my  head and wait for my brain to decide which…

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    #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     Clouds No.2 – Balloon floating up to the clouds This time I used more than one colour, plus cloud templates.…

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    #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 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. 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…

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    Writing Processes Blog Tour

    Thank you to Penny Morrison for inviting me to be part of the ‘Writing Processes Blog Tour.’ Penny is the author of the Hey! series and is currently having her debut picture book illustrated  (to be published by Walker Books Au). How exciting is that! Have a look at Penny’s post for the ‘Writing Processes Tour. So here are the following questions to explain my processes: What am I working on? Everything at the moment, which feels a bit hectic. But I am working for 3 deadlines/closing dates which are happening in the following week: I have to submit manuscripts for appraisals at this years SCBWI Conference submit a manuscript to CYA…

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    #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: I have always wanted to improve on my…

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    #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 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…

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    #illo52weeks – weeks 4 & 5

    The weeks are whizzing by already and so are the weekly challenges. My main computer broke down last week and so today you are getting two illustrations instead of one for the Tania McCartney’s Illustration challenge that I am participating in: Week 4: Selfie At college, life drawing was one of my main subjects, so I am no stranger to self-portraits and drawing humans in a realistic way. Therefore, I wanted to challenge myself and try and do a self-portrait that was not really realistic. Here is the line drawing in pencil of the 3 me’s:   Week 5: Flower I couldn’t believe the brilliant timing when my parcel of…

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    #illo52weeks – week 1 – eggs

    Happy New Year everyone!   I hope to be as productive as I was last year but with new aspects of my writing journey. Last year I completed  Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 writing challenge which was fantastc because I completed 12 picture book manuscript drafts in 12 months. This year I thought I would develop another skill and therefore I will be joining in Tania McCartney’s 52 illustrations in 52 weeks challenge. For more information go to The 52-week illustration challenge or you can follow each participant through Twitter at #illo52weeks. Here is my first illustration for the challenge: Week 1 – eggs   I used pastels and watercolour pencil…