Sunday, March 18, 2018

Late Bloomers...

Or, 'The Swimming Lesson'

I put this little illo together for the first Colour Collective of 2018. The prompt was 'Cinnebar Green' and I thought frogs:

I had fun with all those eyeballs!

Adobe Photoshop CC2018 on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro

Happy Lunar New Year

Colour Collective's 'Boto Pink' prompt came along when I was completely snowed under with deadlines (14 illustrations in 5 days, anyone?). But I don't like to miss CC, and I also didn't want to miss posting something for Chinese New Year... so I took an old Myrna illustration I did for Colour Collective some time back, and updated it (very quickly) to suit both themes. Under the circumstances, it was the best I could do!

Adobe Photoshop CC2018 on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Charlotte Brontë

For International Women's Day I coloured up this colouring page of Charlotte Brontë that is included in my Literary Romance Colouring Book. Charlotte Brontë is definitely one of the women of the past who paved the way for us today, even if she originally had to do so under a male pseudonym. 

She's sitting on the Brontë chair, a natural rock formation near her home.

If you'd like to colour this too, it's in my colouring book, along with 32 other pages - portraits of Austen and Gaskell, and illustrations from Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Jane Eyre, Wives and Daughters and North and South. Buy it here! (there is a trailer for the Austen section of the book on my website)

And as I did the colouring in in Procreate on the iPad Pro (using only the standard 6B pencil brush) here is a timelapse. For maximum size I've embedded my Instagram post (blogger uploaded it very tiny), so you'll need to click to the second image, the first is just the illustration itself.

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We watched the movie version of Roald Dahl's Matilda, so naturally I got my copy of the book off the shelf and did a little sketch:

I had fun drawing some 80s clothes. Matilda was published the year after I was born so I can juuuuust about remember people dressing like this.

Adobe Photoshop CC2018 on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Misc Sketches

Here are some miscellaneous sketches I've done this year:

Katia, the protagonist in the picture book I did for my honours project in Uni. I'm fond of her, every now and then I dust her off:

I don't know if this girl is hiding or discovering something. It's up to you:

There are more below the cut!

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Over Christmas, while I had a small window of time where I didn't need to be working all the time (December-January is usually pretty crazy for me) I let myself do one watercolour, all for myself. I'd just finished several extremely tight deadlines and thought I deserved a bit of a play at Christmas time!

I do most of my work digitally these days, but I do love my watercolours, so I decided that I'd do a traditional painting - and to make it interesting, I decided to work with Mariella, my little ghost character, and see if I could pull that off with watercolour.

Keep reading below the cut for sketches, progress shots, videos and all that fun stuff!


For Colour Collective's 'Midnight Green' prompt I branched out into siamese cats (I love siamese cats, they're mental). The colour reminded me of secluded ponds and goldfish (and siamese cat eyes)

Adobe Photoshop CC2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. 2 hours.

Happy Scottie

I didn't think of anything creative for Colour Collective's 'Ruby' prompt. I was so busy that I didn't even check what the colour was until Friday. I'd decided that morning that whatever the colour was, I was going to do a scottie dog in a tartan coat. A carefree scottie with no deadlines and no one asking when something would be finished. Oh, to be a dog....! 

When I found the colour was very pink, I added a butterfly. If it had been a more autumnal colour I would have done a drift of leaves - basically, whatever suited the colour of the week! 

I spent about an hour and a half on this, so not long. It's important to do some things that aren't work (especially if your work is being boring and not really letting you actually draw) to preserve your sanity, so I didn't feel guilty taking a bit of time for Colour Collective. 

Adobe Photoshop CC2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2


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