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.
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.
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.
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.
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.