I last took part in the colour collective just before they took their winter break, and somehow, the beginning of March is upon us.
For this piece, I chose to illustrate Belle from Beauty and The Beast (the 2017 film is out in a fortnight) and I used the colour as the background, to really make her colour pop.
The scan wasn’t the best but I quite like this illustration.
This is quite a mixed media illustration. I sketched Belle in pencil first before colouring her in with watercolour paint and a little bit of crayon.
The galaxy was painted with watercolours.
Then I scanned the two separate illustrations into my computer and laid them over the back ground with a couple of tweaks.
I think this would be a good piece to come back to when I have progressed a little further. If my linework was stronger, I feel that would improve the quality of my illustrations. Always good to have something to work on!
But over all, for what I think I’m right in saying is my 4th colour collective illustration, I am fairly happy with my Belle illustration! Check out the #colour_collective hashtag on twitter if you haven’t already!
This is this week’s entry for the #colour_collective pale turquoise prompt.
Last week was venetian red.
The week before that was grey.
I’m not as confident with my digital illustration because I don’t think I have mastered my tools yet, but I am quite happy with the way this piece came out.
This week’s illustration for the #colour_collective was this – another girl illustrated in watercolour, but this time with bright red dungarees!
Last week I entered my first illustration into the #colour_collective and you can see that here: 1st #colour_collective entry
There’s a hashtag for an illustration community on twitter, that set weekly challenges for illustrators to join in with.
I dipped my toe in the #colour_collective for the first time last Friday. This was my entry!
What do you think?
Playing with watercolour paints is one of my favourite hobbies at present. That and handlettering & modern calligraphy.
Do you express your creativity through different mediums or are you focussed on just one?
I have found that my poetry seems to flow in a different direction. Perhaps trying new things helps your brain find new channels and seeds of thoughts, I don’t know, but that’s how it seems to work for me.
Even putting some different music on can slighter change the way I feel, so it stands to reason that so many variables can come into play.
I am starting to feel a bit more confident with watercolours. I’ve not been using them seriously for too long, but there is certainly a lot to learn.
Getting involved with challenges like the colour collective are a fabulous way to find inspiration and practice at the same time.
I was fortunate enough a while back to work with the totally talented professional illustrator, Tris Rossin, to explore a concept I had for a children’s picture book.
These original artworks are too fabulous to keep hidden away so I would like to share them here.
Digital illustration and traditional watercolour illustration ~ Tris commands both equally brilliantly!
If you are into high end illustrations, do check out Tris on twitter @LemonjeIIy. He takes commissions and I can honestly say I never fail to be blown away by the work he puts out!
As an aside, I went on to create a clay model of the house in my story, based on Tris’ illustration! It is less than two inches high. Such fun.
Love giving different creative muscles a flex! 🙂
This quote is a snippet of a poem I wrote. I decided it might suit being jazzed up with a bit of illustration, and watercolour at that!
I’m still very much in beginner territory when it comes to watercolour painting, so I am quite pleased at how it has turned out. It has already inspired me to create more along the same line, so I hope they might be well-received.
There’s something terribly therapeutic about painting and I really enjoyed being creative in a different way, so along the same theme as the poem quote above, if there is something you want to do or try, take the leap and give it a whirl!
In my ‘teach yourself illustration’ journey, I am enjoying drawing in pencil then bringing the piece into the computer to colour it digitally and add a bit of texture. I think it has worked quite well on this piece. What do you think?
Check out some of my other art works:
Gary The Dragon
The Rainy Day
In my journey of creating picture book illustrations, here’s a short and sweet poem I have called ‘Starlight’.
What do you think about the picture? Do you think it complements the verse?