Hello there blog, sorry I have neglected you for seven months! When I have found time to draw, paint and create characters I drew this little girl. Her house is supposed to be a Georgian period house. I sketched the little girl a few times and messed up her nose but fixed her up in Photoshop. I might do this illustration as a series and have the house in spring, summer and autumn. I used colour pencils, watercolour and fineliner pens for this illustration. With a bit of colour adjustment to get rid of the yellow.
Cute details. :)
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It’s incredible how quickly I lose interest in my own
illustrations. I go through phases of having a good flow going and feeling
really inspired. Other times I finish an illustration and don’t even like it or
I look back at my work a few weeks later and I can see mistakes or I look at it
and think I could have don’t this bit better or that better.
I have been trying to do a series of illustrations in a children’s
book style for a story I have in my head. When I sketched this character I was
trying to go for a very cute, naive style. This is not my natural drawing
style. My mind always wants to try and make objects or people look realistic.
But I am trying to stray away from that and draw in a more loose childlike
For this illustration I was trying to mimic the style of the
first character. I suppose I am inspired by my own childhood as I remember
always loving wandering through the woods. I love old folklore and tales of
trolls and fairies.
This is the first version. For this I used fine liners,
watercolours and pencils. I’m not so keen on the colour scheme in this one, it
just doesn’t look right. I like the way the grass turned out though. In the second version I decided to change the trees and add a bit more detail, which I think looks much better. But I’m
glad I decided to have another go at it. I feel like the second version turned
out better although I’m still not 100% happy with it.
At the moment my plan is to keep working on my water colour
skills and sketch sketch sketch!
Recently I completed a short course on children's book illustration. It was great to stretch my creative side and be in that sort of environment again. It was interesting to get an insight in to the industry of book illustration and get lots of tips and advice. Everybody in the class had such different styles, it was very inspiring.
We were given the task of finding a children's book, typing up the text and swapping with each other in class. This was a good idea because we were not influenced by the original illustrations. I created a double page spread from the book I was given. The book is about a young girl called Nora who is very badly behaved at home. Turns out the character Nora was actually a mouse! In hind sight I kind of wish I made the characters animals. I think my final piece is quite boring. Although my character development has improved. I used watercolours, pencils and ink for the final piece.
I always use my Windsor and Newton watercolour palette. I have had this for about three years and it was definitely a good investment. I am still on the lookout for a good quality set of watercolour brushes and a decent bound sketchpad.
This illustration is Nora dropping her sisters marbles. I like how this one turned out. I did a bit of character development in my sketchbook which helped but I didn't quite get the main character to look consistent.
Trying different techniques was fun.
Overall I would really recommend the course at Melbourne Polytechnic in Preston. If you have an interest in children's book illustration and you are looking for an insight in to the industry, you would definitely enjoy this course. The only thing wrong with it is it didn't go on for long enough.
It was my birthday recently and I was lucky enough to get a lovely new vintage style bike, complete with wicker basket! Now that it's full on winter here it's pretty cold. On a nice fresh sunny day I went a cycle down the east coast of Melbourne. St Kilda to Mordialloc. It was windy. But worth it for the lovely sea views.
I would really recommend checking out Japanese Dessert Kitchen in the Asian district in Melbourne. Also for an 'American style' grilled cheese sandwich, the Prahran market does one that's the bomb!
This book was on display in a cafe at Acland Street and it reminded me of the mixed media project I did a couple of years ago.
I enrolled in a short course on Children's Book Illustration. I wanted to do it mainly just to meet people with similar interests and encourage myself to create more for my portfolio.
And some pretty blue skies!
Me loving the bike.
I am still enjoying living in Melbourne. Homesickness has struck but I just need to give it a bit more time to get used to the new surroundings. There is so much to do at weekends so I am rarely bored.
This illustration is probably the best one that sums up my current illustration style. I actually did the original sketch for this about a year ago on my lunch break in work. I got my inspiration for this from some photographs of people dressed up as warriors with helmets, swords and viking style clothing.
At the weekend we went up to Yarra Valley, done some wine tasting and ice cream tasting. yum!