Concept Illustrations for New Graphic Novel Series

It is amazing how much time it takes to create a new world, write scenes, pull it all together into cohesive illustrations and then edit, edit more and finally print. These things are what we are currently working on at my Whimsical Publishing company for an upcoming graphic novel series. For me, the between times are full of practicing, and more practicing! I’ve posted some of my concept illustrations on Whimsical and I thought you might enjoy popping over there to take a peek. Just follow this link –> https://whimsicalpublishing.ca/2016/12/05/concept-illustrations-for-new-graphic-novel-series/ or click on the image below. 🙂  (Oh and if you’d like to see more of my illustrations on a daily basis be sure to follow me at my Instagram account–> @whimsicalillustration )
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The Princess Bride Illustrated character Series

Lately on my @whimsicalillustration Instagram account I’ve been doing small illustrated series’. Recently I just completed this fun sketchy series of characters inspired by The Princess Bride film. A classic film by the way, which if you’ve never seen then you must! I thought it would be fun to share that series here as well. I hope you enjoy!!!
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Famous Women In History – An Illustrated Collection!

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Queen Elizabeth I

I’ve been working through this illustration series on my Instagram account (@whimsicalillustration ) and thought it might be super fun to share it with you here. I’ve not yet finished the series (more to come so be sure to follow on Instagram) but I’ve been doing portraits of famous historical women in a manga illustrated style. I’ve shared all the the illustration on my Whimsical Publishing Blog so be sure to head out there to see more!

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Emelia Earhart

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Marie Antoinette

More Illustration Work

I’ve really been enjoying and focusing on developing my illustrative skills lately so I can’t resist sharing with you some of my recent work in that area. I hope you are all enjoying your summer??? So far our weather has been mild and lovely! Heading out camping at the end of July – R&R time here we come! 😀

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Birch Trees in Watercolour

IMG_3795_SmallI was teaching a sweet little student of mine about watercolour painting the other day and got inspired to play around with it again myself. I used to do a lot of watercolour work in the past until I moved onto acrylics. It was fun to revisit this medium again though. I hope you enjoy this little birch grove.IMG_3795_Full_Small

Light Study Illustration

Morning friends! Another little light study illustration for ya. This was a bit of a departure for me since it’s an indoor scene. Well kind of an indoor/outdoor scene – I really wanted to try raindrop on a window.
Hope you all have a lovely day even though it’s Monday!
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Checking In – Illustrations Galore!

Hello friends! Just checking in to let you know that I am constantly creating! I have a painting commission in the works right now – a beautiful scene from Chania, Crete – can’t wait to show you that! I’ve also been continuing on in my quest to improve my lighting skills. I started out with the Light Study painting and have continued exploring light in these first two illustrations you see attached here.
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I’ve also been working on hard on illustrating new colouring pages for Whimsical Publishing! As you can see I’ve been teaching myself more about digital tablet painting and I couldn’t resist adding some subtle colour touches of my own to these two new colouring pagesElvenQueen_Insta Beauty_Small
And while I’m at it I might as well show you a couple of the character design/children’s illustration work that I’ve been playing around with as well! I hope these all bring you a smile!
(Pssst – if you’d like to follow along with me on a more daily basis with me be sure to join me on Instagram! I have two accounts, one for painting and photography: @mishmashartist and the other for illustration: @whimsicalillustration). Would LOVE to connect with you there!!!

Painting Break – Illustration Binge!

Been taking a little break from painting the past couple weeks – I think I burned myself out a little finishing up the install. 😉 But never fear – the desire to paint will return – it always does! In the meantime I’ve been focused on illustration – if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to – join me on my other Instagram account–> @whimsicalillustration !!
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3 Reasons Why Every Artist Can Benefit From Study Sketches

12672193_1976548205903131_1292276871487434598_o1623219_10153080967967279_2441754353293439358_nI hurt my back a couple of weeks ago – it’s starting to improve now and I’m finally getting more mobile again but I used some of this imposed downtime to sketch. I try hard to create a study sketch before each painting, it doesn’t always happen but I find that when it does, my painting process always flows better. Below are a few reasons why I believe sketching assists in any creative project.

#1 The first, and most obvious reason, is that drawing anything on a regular basis keeps you limbered up to create. The more you can draw, the better everything you do on canvas (or board, or paper, or sculpture) becomes.

#2 Second, drawing/sketching is a meditative process similar in fact to the colouring rage going on right now. It is a contemplative act – a quiet, still process of working through and planning your final piece. Study sketches are an opportunity to think through your moves, your colours and your composition before you even touch your brush to the canvas or your tools to the clay.

#3 And third, sometimes the final piece comes out altogether different from your original sketch. You may realize that sections (or the whole thing for that matter) have not worked.  Hence, you may need to rethink the idea or even decide to not create it at all. Possibly the subject matter wasn’t quite what you had hoped and now you’ve saved yourself a great deal of time, money and materials!

Here are a few study sketches I did this past week – all intended to become paintings in the near future (as long as my back cooperates 😉 ). I included the original photo inspirations for you as well – all local captures by my talented photographer friend, Cheryl Jaggers. Hope you found this post useful and inspiring –  have a lovely and creative week my friends! 12698161_1977150099176275_5860052389952852434_o 12662586_10153793129027279_1310244314012443976_n12694621_1979245695633382_6191391356536668303_o11068082_10153080964562279_4273648256550323197_n