Belle Illustration – Beauty And The Beast – Colour Collective

Belle Illustration - beauty and the beast inspired colour collective piece for the colour deep koamaru - illustration by Ms Moem @msmoem #colour_collective #artwork #galaxypainting

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!

Watercolour Illustration #Colour_Collective

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!

watercolour illustration by ms moem ~ #colour_collective entry prompt ~ warm grey

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.

Totally Talented Tris Rossin

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.

professional illustration by Tris Rossin for a picture book concept by Ms Moem

witch childrens picture book digital illustration by Tris Rossin work in progress ~ from a concept by Ms Moem

Digital illustration and traditional watercolour illustration ~ Tris commands both equally brilliantly!

witch picture book watercolour illustration by Tris Rossin ~ concept by Ms Moem

witch childrens picture book watercolour illustration by Tris Rossin ~ from a concept by Ms Moem

childrens picture book owl watercolour illustration by Tris Rossin ~ from a concept by Ms Moem

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.

clay model based on an illustration by Tris Rossin ~ created for a picture book concept by Ms Moem

Love giving different creative muscles a flex! 🙂

Pencil Illustration ~ Digital Colouring

pencil illustration with digital colouring by ms moem @msmoem

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

Eduardo The Bear – Illustration

eduardo the bear

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!

eduardo the bear children's book illustration by ms moem

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.