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 – 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

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 49: History

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 50: Party

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 51: Family

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey


Week 52: World

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. I did not have to complete masterpieces each week but I had to complete a drawing, a sketch, a painting, an illustration each week before the deadline.

Am I glad I stuck to it, for sure, will I do it again this year for 2016? Maybe, I haven’t decided yet… you will have to come back soon. 🙂

Here is a brief glimpse of all my illustrations for this year:

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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:

© Ramona Davey 2014
© Ramona Davey 2014

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 medium it fancies experimenting with or developing. As usual the image in my head is nothing like the image that eventually comes out in paper this can be a pleasant surprise a s much as it can be a pain in the bum.

Here is my workspace for the day – the dinner table was taken over! 🙂

I used a photo as a reference of magic mushrooms from Back To (Urban) Nature blog.

The next theme is TOYS!


#illo52 weeks – Weeks 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31

Where has five weeks gone? This week I am posting the past five weeks of illustrations that I have created for Tania McCartney’s 52 week Illustration Challenge.

Week 27 – Snow

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© Ramona Davey 2014


This is one of my illustrations that has received the most popular feedback and amount of comments so far. Created using a Gelli art plate, acrylic paint and a black fine liner. I like it’s simplicity.

Week 28 – Feather

feather girl


I had been printing some feathers using my gelli art plate. Brushing over the feathers to create templates. The feathers left marks on the plastic table cloth and I suddenly saw an image in my mind. So I drew straight onto the table cloth this little girl.

Week 29 – Plane

Week 29- plane


Gelli art again. I love the multi-coloured layers that can be created using this technique. I really want to get so much better at it.

Week 30 – Sydney

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© Ramona Davey 2014

Adobe Illustrator

My trial using Adobe Illustrator ran out on at the end of this image. I had just finished when I realised a mistake on the stamp edging to the right, but I couldn’t open up the software again to fix it.

Week 31 – Lines

Week 31 - Line
© Ramona Davey 2014

Artliner 0.4/ Watercolour paint

Just a quick fun one. I have no idea why I felt the need to draw long elongated figures. It’s just what my hand felt like doing. It took me a few days to figure out what I was going to do with the sketch. The characters started off as aliens, then birds and then humans. 😀

The next theme starts on Wednesday: Psychedelic!

#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

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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.

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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 enjoy creating digital art, so I am going to have to go on a course.

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I decided to have another crack at the octopus theme in pencil and then Photoshopped  the image just for fun (using Trace image).

)Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 12.44.09 pm Octopus - photo shopped

Week 25: Dots

Again I decided to do more pencil work.

Pencil – watercolour – Copic pen outliner

Week 25 - Dots

And that brings me up to date – I look forward to seeing what I create for next weeks theme – ‘Clouds.’

#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
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 machine looking type of robot. I rolled white acrylic paint over the tile and pressed black card ontop of that.

Week 7: Watercolour

Two of my manuscripts include a main character that is an Australian Little Blue Penguin. Sometimes I draw them. This helps me to establish their character in my mind and discover what litlle quirks or personlity traits they may have. I used Mont Marte woodless graphite pencils and watercolour pencils.

week 6: Watercolour - Little Blue Penguins by Ramona Davey
Week 6: Watercolour –                                                         Little Blue Penguins by Ramona Davey


So, as you can see, two completely different types of images, techniques and styles yet again. If you are taking part in the challenge, I hope you are enjoying it asmuch as I am! 🙂

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.

First quick sketch in pencil


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

Adding the first colours in watercolour

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.

More colour and detail.


As I only have black and white photos of my ancestors, I had to do a quick Google search to check what colours clothing fabric would have been in the 1920’s.

Adding more detail


To be continued…