Quella Queen of the Quokkas!

Quella Queen of the Quokkas illustration by Amie Sabadin
Quella Queen of the Quokkas by Amie Sabadin

Quella Queen of the Quokkas! A fun little illustration just because. Actually because Quokkas are just too cute and I’ve been enjoying just drawing what comes to mind at the moment rather than following any social media challenges etc.

Pencil sketch with digital camera colour- my favorite medium at the moment due to not having a lot of time for traditional watercolours. I’m going to work on getting some more textures into my illustrations next.

100 Day Challenge

Thanks to much Instagram inspiration, I  decided to jump on the 100 Day Challenge. I started late and  I’ve missed days but I’ve created art that I may not have otherwise and that’s a great thing!

I started out thinking I’ll just sketch or paint anything but I’ve now decided to narrow it to object or people – mostly using images I find on Pinterest as a base reference, otherwise I spend too much time time on concept wondering what I’ll do etc.

illustration by Amie Sabadin
illustration by Amie Sabadin
Pool side woman sketch by Amie Sabadin
Pool side woman sketch by Amie Sabadin

52′ Illustrations 2017 – Weeks 5 and 6

Week 6 of the 52 Week Illustration Challenge is ‘Botanical’, I’ve gone with a simplistic style which I’d imagine to suit a young/toddler age audience.

Botanical pear by Amie Sabadin
Botanical pear by Amie Sabadin

Werk 5 was ‘garden’. I’m much happier with the plain outlines rather than the coloured version, I’ll be revisiting this image again later to recolour.

Garden illustration by Amie Sabadin
Garden illustration by Amie Sabadin

52′ Illustrations – Week 5 Peacock

The topic for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge this week is Peacock. I though I’d go on a tangent of that and draw a peacock chair.

Pencil sketch with digital colour this week, I’m happy with the quick and calm result. Given more time I’d like to improve the colour scheme.

Peacock chair illustration
52 Week Illustration Challenge, week 5 ‘Peacock’ by Amie Sabadin

Illustration inspiration – Marianne Dubuc

One of my all time favourite books is ‘The Lion and the Bird’ by Marianne Dubuc. I was firstly intrigued by the gorgeous illustrations which then blossomed into total love as I read the story.

My illustration for week 4 of the 52 Week Illustration Challenge (2017) was an attempt to copy the style and characters. I’m pretty happy with the results but even happier with the experimentation and use of mixed materials – adding pen and coloured pencil to my usual watercolour and lead pencil mix was fun, and I feel I’ll be more open to using more materials from now on.

An ode to the Lion and the Bird by Marianne Debuc
An ode to the Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

Daily watercolour practice

I’ve decided to commit to daily watercolour practice in order to improve and keep myself in touch with traditional processes – which are otherwise easy to loose touch with when focusing mainly on digital colouring.

I know I won’t complete it every single day, at least 3 times a week is practical for me at the moment.

Below  are a few from the past week.

Daily watercolour - Birds by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour – Birds by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour - Bear pattern by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour – Bear pattern by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour - Alpaca pattern by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour – Alpaca pattern by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour - Party caterpillar by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour – Party caterpillar by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour - Party puppy by Amie Sabadin
Daily watercolour – Party puppy by Amie Sabadin

52′ Illustrations – Week 3 Australiana

The theme for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge this week is Australiana. I had fun doing this one and  tried to get a few references in there. Like many of the Illustrations I’d really love to go back and colour this one using traditional watercolour or mixed media at some point.

Australiana by Amie Sabadin
Australiana by Amie Sabadin

52′ Illustrations – Week 2 Feathered animals

The theme for this weeks 52 Week Illustration Challenge is ‘Feathered animals’.

My first entry is a pencil sketch coloured digitally. The second is a quick experiment with one of the beautiful Windsor Newton inks (and pen) which I got for Christmas, I haven’t had much time to sit down with them yet so it was quite fun and therapeutic to do.

Feathered animals by Amie Sabadin
Feathered animals by Amie Sabadin – pencil sketch with digital colour
Feathered animals by Amie Sabadin
Feathered animals by Amie Sabadin – with Windsor Newton ink and pens