watercolour painting Unused illustration from new book BETTER THAN A SUPERHERO. of child spilling watercolour
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Watercolour painting: a child painting in watercolour!

Watercolour theme for weekly challenge

This is my character from my new book, Better Than A Superhero due to be released this year. I painted up this unused character sketch because I really liked it. The little boy is so cute. What better excuse than this week’s theme for #illo52weeks – watercolour.  A watercolour painting of a child painting with watercolour!

watercolour painting Unused illustration from new book BETTER THAN A SUPERHERO. of child spilling watercolour

Watercolour painting – unused illustration from new book BETTER THAN A SUPERHERO. #illo52weeks

52 week gift card illustration challenge #illo52weeks - Machinery. Watercolour
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52 Week Gift Card Illustration Challenge #6 Machinery

52 week gift card illustration challenge #illo52weeks - Machinery. Watercolour

52 week gift card illustration challenge #illo52weeks – Machinery

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52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Bees and flower. Children's Illustration
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52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #5 Flower

I forgot to take it off draft stage and post it but here is some cuteness for week 5.

This weeks the challenge was flower but I think the bugs attracted me more.
I painted this illustration on a day when my friend Nicky Johnston came over and we spent the day painting and chatting. Adult play dates for hectic mums are a must!

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Bees and flower. Children's Illustration

52 week gift card illustration challenge #illo52weeks – Flower

Drawing for the 52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Bees and flower. Children's Illustration

Drawing for 52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks – Flower

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Baby drawing a selfie. Children's Illustration on iPad using Procreate app
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#4 Selfie Illustration

Selfie Illustration

I can’t tell you how much fun I had with this week’s them. I began by sketching the dog illustration first after remembering how hard it was to stop my walk and take a photo the other night and how obsessive we can be with our photos. Seeing the humor in it, I created this illustration. The runner is being interrupted by the dogs wanting a selfie. They are more interested in the photo than the walk – perhaps the way the world is turning now. After all, even dogs are on Facebook are they not? As far as it being suitable for a gift card? I thought you could always add text like “Everyone wants to celebrate your Birthday!” Anyway I had fun doing this. The funny illustrations are particularly enjoyable to create.

I took captured progress images so I will try to put up a working process blog if there is interest.

Dog selfie. Children's digital illustration.

Dog selfie. Children’s digital illustration.

Baby drawing a selfie. Children's Illustration on iPad using Procreate app

Baby drawing a selfie. Children’s Illustration on iPad using Procreate app

This was an iPad illustration I first did in Sketchbook Pro while I was waiting for hours in an emergency room some time back. I finished it in Procreate (I LOVE Procreate). I then realised I already had an illustration ready to go. Two is better than one – right?  I added the pattern in Photoshop.

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Illustration Friday: Search and rescue bug. Children's Illustration
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Illustration Friday: Search

Illustration Friday: Search

This week’s Illustration Friday’s theme is search. Here I have illustrated a search and rescue bug equipped for any emergency. Can you hear the trumpets? Duda-du-dah!

I wish I could work out how to upload the playback action file from it. Unfortunately I don’t have a Mac. Does anyone know if there is a workaround?

Illustration Friday: Search and rescue bug. Children's Illustration
Illustration Friday: Search and rescue bug. Painted on iPad 2 with Brushes app.
52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Caravan
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52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #3 Caravan

This week’s #illo52weeks subject is caravan.

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Caravan

I have to admit this was particularly fun to do. I played around with patterns and textured brushes in Photoshop. I am really enjoying the collage effect and will certainly explore this more in the future.

Next week’s #illo52weeks subject is selfie.

Note: My personal challenge this year is to do gift card illustration each week. The official list for #illo52weeks is any kind of illustration in any media, any age etc. I am combining the two challenges.

You can view all posts so far for the 52 week challenge here

Little girl in angel costume. Watercolour gift card illustration.
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52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #2 Kids

This is the second week’s #illo52weeks subject is kids. This image came from an older sketch of my eldest daughter who is now in her 20s. I reworked it yesterday. She loved to dress up. It was painted in watercolour and I played with the background in Photoshop adding the larger balloons, background a bit of texture and the halo.

Little girl in angel costume. Watercolour gift card illustration.

Little girl in angel costume. Watercolour gift card illustration. #illo52weeks

Next week’s #illo52weeks subject is caravan

Note: My personal challenge this year is to do gift card illustration each week. The official list for #illo52weeks is any kind of illustration in any media, any age etc. I am combining the two challenges.

You can view all posts so far for the 52 week challenge here

Easter gift card - Celebrating Jesus, the risen King. 52 week illustration challenge gift cards.
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52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #1 Eggs

Easter gift card - Celebrating Jesus, the risen King. 52 week illustration challenge gift cards.

Easter gift card – Celebrating Jesus, the risen King. Week 1 “egg” #illo52weeks

Because I am not one to slow down too much and always have to be creating something, I have set myself a new challenge for 2014-gift card illustrations, experimenting as I would in a sketchbook. This will keep me fresh while working on books this year. I want to do card illustration per week.

I have chosen to use the list provided on Tania McCartney’s blog for her illustration challenge. The great thing about Tania’s challenge idea is that she has opened a Facebook page for everyone. Kids and beginner can join in the challenge and have a go. I think that is a brilliant idea and so want to support her. The list can be found here and you can join the Facebook group here. The hashtag for the challenge is #illo52weeks

The first two weeks were “egg” and “kids”. I have just finished week 3’s challenge today in advance, caravan. Quite appropriate as that is where my hubby and kids are now and why I seem to have all this time to do several illustrations this week.

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks

Note: My personal challenge this year is to do gift card illustration each week. The official list for #illo52weeks is any kind of illustration in any media, any age etc. I am combining the two challenges.

You can view all posts so far for the 52 week challenge here

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Portraiture: Oil Study Of A Man

Portraiture: Oil Study

Portraiture: Oil Study

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Children’s Illustration: Sketches – Girls Playing

Children's Illustration: Sketches - Girls playing

Children’s Illustration: Sketches – Girls playing

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Children’s Illustration: Baby Jesus – Nativity

Children's Illustration: Baby Jesus

Children’s Illustration: Baby Jesus