Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Illustration Tools the Old and the New

Water Colour How I Love You.

A monthly deadline keeps me close to you when I work on preparing an image to promote the Bendigo Family Nature Club's monthly outing.


I was amazed when reflecting back on the process to put this illustration together I was amazed at all the different illustration tools I used.  Perhaps I should be writing; Water colour - how I love to manipulate you!

Here is my list of tools I used to make this finished illustration

1. Flickr
 I draw from photo & inspiration, my little brain just doesn't generate this stuff from scratch!

2. Water Colour Paints & Paper & Pencil
This is the joy bit, so old school!

3. Scanner
Make my sketch into pixels

4. Darling Google
To find my background image (really letting all my secrets out now)

5. Iphoto
To save the background image to my iphone

6. Waterlogue
This app should be banned - turns your images into watercolour drawings!

7.  Photoshop
For snipping cropping and masking and placing

8. You Tube
I am a photoshop hack!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Daily Commitment

I have a commitment to write and draw most days.  Writing each day, for me, is as little as five sentences of what I am grateful for that day.  If energy is good I will write until 3 pages are full - sometimes with rather large font coming out of my biro.  It is called a consciousness stream of writing.

Although challenging I also try and draw - just a line sketch referring to an image that I have cut and pasted from a National Geographic magazine.  It takes maybe 2 to 5 minutes - just to keep my hand in drawing, right before I fall asleep.

Writing and drawing are precious to me.  Evidence of this life time love is in my shed - boxes of journals - of art work to be made and novels to be written!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Illustration For Bendigo Family Nature Club

One of my favorite volunteer projects is for the Bendigo Family Nature Club.

Today at the Bendigo Farmers Market we promoted our next event, Bug Blitz with this poster.

Designed with the assistance of Canva - it absolutely feels like cheating using this online design software!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Keep in the Shading

This week's heat that is coming shade will be precious.

Shading in drawing for me is joy - the power of the grey scale to draw forward and drawn back, what pleasure the pencil can bring!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lost Drawings

My Nan is transitioning to a new phase in her life. From living alone in her own home, to moving to a residential care room.  It is extraordinary to hear her voice now - I didn't realise how much I missed her laugh, until she moved out of her home.  It is a relief that she is now settled and happy.

Her children have been fantastic cleaning up her home ready to go on the market.  In the clean up this book of drawings was found and returned to me - I completely forgot about this book!  What a joy to view again.

Please click to view a little video.  The pencil drawings are layered between tracing paper!

These were drawn on our honeymoon in Berlin back in 2005.

What joys have you re-discovered lately?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Harvest of Gold, Heat Wave to end

The light and heat is intense this morning - the last day in our summer heat wave.  Our house I keep draped and dark to help the air conditioning not work so hard.

We keep Harvest of Gold on display by Gossling and all these elements inspired a little camera action

Wednesday, October 23, 2013