It looks like this week I have been fighting the gloomy weather with some exoticism!
Tropical trees and plants – if you watched my previous videos you saw that I started sketching tropical trees and plants a couple of weeks ago. I got some new Inktense pencils (by Derwent) for my birthday and this week’s coloured sketches were an excuse to try them – they’re absolutely brilliant and I love them already!
Peacocks – they are one of my new obsessions at the moment. I am drawing and painting lots of them. What for? I am still to figure it out.
Etsy – my new products are up! Click here to have a look.
Doodles – Crazy what you can draw when you’re on the phone/Skype! When I came up with this whole page of bacteria I was like “What?!“. Have a go and see what happens!
Admin and database work – Not the most exciting job but necessary! I’m sure ‘Future me’ will thank ‘Past me’ for being so organised.
I didn’t mention it in the video but this week I also worked on some character concepts for one of my clients – exciting! Hopefully I will be able to tell you more about this in the near future but for now let’s just be patient.
I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for 2017.
I promised in my last post that you would get to see the presents that I worked on before the holidays and well, a promise is a promise!
I made the most of the fact that I had many presents to make and used this as a way to try some new techniques and styles, and to have fun.
Some of the materials I played with include:
Fimo (polymer clay)
my new dip pen
I got my acrylics back out
and of course: black Indian ink, coloured Indian inks, watercolour and colouring pencils!
As for style, as well as working in my usual Indian ink + watercolour combo style I experimented ‘vintage’ as there are a lot of gorgeous illustrations in this style that I like and I wanted to try it for myself; and just because it came out of nowhere I painted one illustration in a style that I would call ‘dreamy modern art’ (the blue planet with a poppy one).
It sure was a lot of work but it also felt very liberating to be able to try so many things and work on so many different subject matters.
In short, I loved it and I am thinking of doing it again next, erm… this year!
Hopefully my family won’t get bored of getting illustrations as presents too quickly!
Now it is time to get back to work!
(The poppy-on-the-blue-planet illustration was inspired by the work of illustrator Cécile Hudrisier and the sausage dogs by the illustrations of Emma Block.)
Those of you who have been following my blog for a little while may have noticed that some of my recent illustrations have been more – what to call it?… – more ‘adult’ in a way.
How did I get there from my light-hearted and sometimes quirky children’s illustrations?
Well, I do still love drawing for children. A lot!
But sometimes I also feel like I want to draw something else.
I started doing it ‘in private’ (my boyfriend owns a whole collection of such drawings and doodles) before I even considered posting them anywhere on the internet. Then I realised that it wasn’t incompatible with what I was already drawing.
It’s still ‘me’. Just a different aspect of my art and my personality, a different ‘mood’ for a more grown-up audience.
Hungry devices (below) is my latest one.
If you like this, why not go take a look at the other ones:
The rules of the challenge were quite simple: make a drawing in ink everyday, every other day or every week and stay consistent with it.
I decided to add a few rules of my own: although it was technically allowed, I decided that I wouldn’t trace outlines in pencil before inking (everything was drawn 100% freehand). I also decided to try my best to keep the overall style consistent; this is why, alhtough I could have, I didn’t use my nib pen at all. I started with ink and brush so I had to stick with it. Finally, I chose that I would only work in black and white.
Looking back on the past month, there were some “meh” moments:
I didn’t really like most of the “official” themes; I felt that they weren’t always adapted to the type of illustrations I normally like to draw and I felt that there were a lot of serious/dark themes. This being said, it forced me to get out of my comfort zone and sometimes, to find ways to deal with the subject matter in a more light-hearted way.
It was freakin’ hard to ink freehand, without any outlines!
I often felt pressed for time. Although Inktober was a fun challenge to take, I had to make room for it… on top of everything else (understand work but also usual house chores and life obligations like cooking/eating dinner, etc.).
Sometimes I felt a bit frustrated about the fact that I couldn’t make more time to develop my illustrations further; I had to keep them minimal so that they wouldn’t take me too long to draw.
But there were also some brilliant ones:
I liked the fact I got to practise ink drawing even more (this is something I had wanted to do for some time but I was struggling to make the time for it)!
It made me want to go a step further and add colour (and not with Photoshop, no. I mean paint!).
It made me want to draw in that style even more.
It made me want to keep a consistent practice. Although I do draw everyday, it can be easy to get caught up in work and only draw the type of illustrations that you are commissioned to draw. Inktober made me want to add more experimentation of subject matters, techniques, etc. and to do it more often.
Inking freehand for a month made everything else seem easy in comparison, even if my Inktober illustrations were only small pieces!
So all in all, I feel relieved that the psychological pressure of Inktober is over but I want to keep the positive habits and I generally feel happy and energised. I am thinking of starting Illustration Friday again (once a week should be manageable!) and/or to give myself a new theme or technique to explore every month.
We’ll see how it goes!
In the meantime, here are the last Inktober illustrations of the year.