• Illustration

    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.   Week 10: Animal Coloured pencils A ‘Jersey crapaud’ – the nickname in Jersey french for toad, used for locals…

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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 – 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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    #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   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   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…

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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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    #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…

  • Illustration,  Quick sketch

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