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!
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! 🙂
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
Here’s a picture book illustration I have drawn. The theme is ‘rainy day’ and features a child and some ducks. I’m still very much experimenting, but am quite pleased with how this one turned out. I sketched it in pencil then coloured it digitally.
What do you think?
Meet Eduardo the bear. In my exploration of children’s book illustrations, I’ve come up with this cuddly character. He’s quite a contrast to Gary The Dragon.
I am really enjoying having a go at illustration. I’ve always seen as it as something of a dark art, so creating a couple of characters of my own has pleased me greatly. As a complete beginner, I am happy with the simple nature of my drawings, but I must say I have a massive respect for professional illustrators!
I quite like the black and white look of this front cover idea. It reminds me of the books I used to read when I was a child.
I’ll have to share some of my rhyming story texts with you soon.
Character Illustration – Gary The Dragon – by Ms Moem