Children’s digital book illustrations created in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Angels watching over me. #illo52weeks challenge. Illustration in ink and coloured in watercolour and Photoshop.
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52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #18 Celestial Body

Two very different style illustrations from me this week for the 52 week illustration theme challenge: Celestial bodies.

I have been experimenting with pattern in my sketchbook and they have evolved from that. The lower illustration was evolved whilst listening to revelation on my iPad. A rather eventful book in the bible, especially when Michael and his angles fight the devil.

On a very different note, the whimsical reflection of angels going about protecting and praising makes me feel pretty happy when I look at it. I did a big whoopsy though. I drew it with a spelling error – thank goodness for Photoshop! I spelt guardian – gardian!

You will see more pattern form me. I will be launching from this idea for a picture book – fun!

So where does the “gift card” part of the challenge come in? Well, I haven’t deviated too much. In time, I will pull some of the image from the top illustration and use it for that and a surface design project.

Angels watching over me. #illo52weeks challenge. Illustration in ink and coloured in watercolour and Photoshop.

Angels watching over me. #illo52weeks challenge. Illustration in ink and coloured in watercolour and Photoshop.

Celestial Bodies. Michael the angel. #illo52weeks challenge. Illustration Photoshop. Revelation 12:7 Then there was war in heaven. Michale and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels.

Celestial Bodies. Michael the angel. #illo52weeks challenge. Illustration Photoshop.

52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #17 Donkey Illustration in digital pastel.
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52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #17 Horse

Work in progress. I have been wanting to finish this for ages! I have too many illustrations started that need some time on them. Sorry not exactly a horse but close. The mouse was pulling his tooth with a string but I am going to change it. I am almost there.

52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #17 Donkey Illustration in digital pastel.

52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #17 Donkey Illustration in digital pastel.

Bunnies swimming. SCBWI illustrator's portfolio. 52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge
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Bunnies for SCBWI Illustrator’s Portfolio.

This week I have been working approximately 16 hours a day and 12 of those hours on a new book. It is difficult to stay super-enthusiastic after a several weeks of working on one project without creative breaks in between. It is counterproductive not to spend time doing other illustration work. It also increased my learning and growth as an illustrator as I experiment and give time to my learning.

Bunnies swimming. SCBWI illustrator's portfolio. 52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge

Bunnies swimming. SCBWI illustrator’s portfolio. 52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge – Final Version

I have been using a weekly challenge to stop any monotony slipping in. Experimental time on the computer is no different to playing in my sketchbook; I mess around with ideas and try out different methods to see what I can produce.

This illustration is one I began for an earlier theme challenge: water.
I need an online image to represent my illustration portfolio for the new SCBWI online illustrators portfolio gallery for the upcoming conference in July. I decided to finish one of my bunny illustrations as it has got such a wonderful response. I guess if other illustrators ooh and arh over them so much, hopefully publishers and art directors will too. I am very fond of the little fellows too I must say.

You may remember the earlier beginnings…

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks water - baby rabbits

My bunnies at an early stage.

So what do you think now?

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks simplicity #1
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Simplify Creative Breaks and Downtime.

Is there any such thing? Yes in a strange kind of way – in my world anyway.

I have an unusual style of visual or creative downtime. Usually my downtime results in free creative time. I will be working on a book or attending to business duties and need a break, what do I do? Usually more illustrating or writing – lately illustrating.

The creative challenge I am involved in (#illo52weeks) is really satisfying me artistically. I get to scribble and experiment to my heart’s desire (time restricted) and come up with fresh work for my portfolio (once finished) or blog (work in progress).

I have been flat out working long hours over the past month and have welcomed the latest theme, simplicity. This theme gave me permission to back off the complexity of my illustrations and to my delight resulted in some pretty cute stuff.

This is what I came up with:

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks simplicity #1

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks simplicity #1

All these were done in Adobe Photoshop while listening to a rather helpful audio eBook by Katie Davis. Yes I will have to re-listen as I was somewhat distracted.

My bunny theme from the last 2 weeks:

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks simplicity #2

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks simplicity #2

This one was at the end of today using a sketch from my sketchbook doodles. I thought I would try a little more texture in the background.

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks simplicity #3

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks simplicity #3

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks architecture - Candy Land
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Illustration Challenge Catchup – architecture, numbers and water

3 weeks of Illustration Catch up

Topics: architecture, numbers and water. These are the beginnings of some illustrations in progress. I think my little rabbits below may appear in future challenges also. I am very fond of these little guys.

All 3 illustrations are works in progress and painted digitally after initially drawing them in my sketchbook with a 2B pencil. Candyland was painted on my iPad and the others in Photoshop. I hope to finish them once my next book is finished, in-between working on the following.

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks architecture - Candy Land

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Week 11- architecture – Candy Land

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks numbers - baby rabbits

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Week 12 – numbers

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks water - baby rabbits

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Week 13 – water

You can see the finished illustration for water here: http://kayleenwest.com.au/portfolio/bunnies-for-scbwi-illustrators-portfolio/

Hide 'n ' seek - Children's illustration
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Hide and Seek Illustration – #9 Tree

Hide and Seek Illustration

I had been drawing all day for a new picture book and decided to sketch a tree house after dinner. The house was quiet – my favourite time of the day night.

Sometimes I feel like I’m a curious  onlooker watching random scribbling evolve into little scenes. I start with a scribble, suggesting a tree, and a couple hours later I had a cute sketch. Itching to colour it, I scanned it in first thing today early and finished it off before work hours. Then back to the book.

Hide 'n ' seek - Children's illustration

Hide ‘n ‘ seek – Children’s illustration

Pencil sketch for 52 week illustration challenge #illo52weeks – Tree

As I am thinking in terms of gift cards for my challenge, I went with a birthday theme. Master 8  asked to have this for his birthday card this year which was pretty cool. He particularly loves to see each painting or drawing I do and often I am the privileged receiver of his amazing art.

As a little girl, I was encouraged as a child to hand make gifts. I still get to do it as a grown up sometimes too.

Pencil illustration sketch for 52 week illustration challenge - Tree

Pencil sketch for 52 week illustration challenge #illo52weeks – Tree

Baby drawing a selfie. Children's Illustration on iPad using Procreate app
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#4 Selfie Illustration

Selfie Illustration

I can’t tell you how much fun I had with this week’s them. I began by sketching the dog illustration first after remembering how hard it was to stop my walk and take a photo the other night and how obsessive we can be with our photos. Seeing the humor in it, I created this illustration. The runner is being interrupted by the dogs wanting a selfie. They are more interested in the photo than the walk – perhaps the way the world is turning now. After all, even dogs are on Facebook are they not? As far as it being suitable for a gift card? I thought you could always add text like “Everyone wants to celebrate your Birthday!” Anyway I had fun doing this. The funny illustrations are particularly enjoyable to create.

I took captured progress images so I will try to put up a working process blog if there is interest.

Dog selfie. Children's digital illustration.

Dog selfie. Children’s digital illustration.

Baby drawing a selfie. Children's Illustration on iPad using Procreate app

Baby drawing a selfie. Children’s Illustration on iPad using Procreate app

This was an iPad illustration I first did in Sketchbook Pro while I was waiting for hours in an emergency room some time back. I finished it in Procreate (I LOVE Procreate). I then realised I already had an illustration ready to go. Two is better than one – right?  I added the pattern in Photoshop.

You can view all posts so far for the 52 week challenge here

Illustration Friday: Search and rescue bug. Children's Illustration
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Illustration Friday: Search

Illustration Friday: Search

This week’s Illustration Friday’s theme is search. Here I have illustrated a search and rescue bug equipped for any emergency. Can you hear the trumpets? Duda-du-dah!

I wish I could work out how to upload the playback action file from it. Unfortunately I don’t have a Mac. Does anyone know if there is a workaround?

Illustration Friday: Search and rescue bug. Children's Illustration
Illustration Friday: Search and rescue bug. Painted on iPad 2 with Brushes app.
52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Caravan
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52 Week Gift Card Challenge – #3 Caravan

This week’s #illo52weeks subject is caravan.

52 week illustration challenge. Gift card Challenge #illo52weeks Caravan

I have to admit this was particularly fun to do. I played around with patterns and textured brushes in Photoshop. I am really enjoying the collage effect and will certainly explore this more in the future.

Next week’s #illo52weeks subject is selfie.

Note: My personal challenge this year is to do gift card illustration each week. The official list for #illo52weeks is any kind of illustration in any media, any age etc. I am combining the two challenges.

You can view all posts so far for the 52 week challenge here

Girl at the hair salon- children's illustration for Illustration Friday
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Illustration Friday – Lush

My trip to the hairdressers is never wasted time. Armed with my boredom-buster; my small sketchbook, I scanned the salon for opportunity for a sketch for this week’s Illustration Friday theme lush. The moment I sat down I spotted my concept; a lush head of hair on a manikin’s head. The apprentice was about to de-lush the woman’s head anchored onto the bench beside me. In my child-freindly version, I sketched a child’s onto the head. I must say, Jess did a nifty hairdo on the manikin at the end.

I colored the sketch today as I was catching up on all the latest election news (we go to the polls this weekend). The joy of sketching made it somewhat more palatable listening.

 

Girl at the hair salon- children's illustration for Illustration Friday

Girl at the hair salon- children’s digital illustration for Illustration Friday – Lush

Girl at the hair salon- children's illustration sketch for Illustration Friday - Lush

Girl at the hair salon- children’s illustration sketch for Illustration Friday – Lush

Children's Illustration for Illustration Friday's theme: Rescue: Puppy Rescue - Digital
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Children’s illustration for Illustration Friday – Rescue

Children's illustration- Puppy Rescue. A child rescues a puppy from a tall tree. Illustration Friday concept theme: Rescue

Children’s illustration- Puppy Rescue. Illustration Friday concept theme: Rescue

This week’s theme for Illustration Friday is rescue and I sketched out several different ideas. I decided on this one. It isn’t far from the weather we are having here, and I’m really looking forward to more sun in the coming months–brrrrrr!

Children's Illustration, cartoon, editorial. No Power - digital illustration.
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Illustration Friday – Power

I actually got to colour this illustration today–a miracle! Usually Illustration Friday comes and goes with my ideas at sketch stage, and no post to show for it.

I have decided  to try posting the sketches even if I don’t get to colour them. This way you get to see the drawing at least, if you are anything like me; you’ll love peeking at the sketchbook anyway. I love browsing sketchbooks  and sketch journals full of raw ideas.

I did a few for the theme ‘power’ whilst watching TV last night. I had been sketching madly for my next book (Ultimate Superhero). I gave myself permission to have a random sketch session after everyone went to bed.

Children's Illustration, cartoon, editorial. No Power - digital illustration.

Illustration Friday theme: Power – (Digital illustration)