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 Literary Character Illustration Series

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L.M. Montgomery’s famous orphan, Anne Shirley! Anne of Green Gables; smart, determined, unabashedly passionate and all around endearing. (Hopefully I managed to capture a little of that.) ☺️ “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Been having fun on my @whimsicalillustration Instagram account. Just completed a small illustrated series of famous literary characters I love. Thought you might have fun seeing them here too. 🙂
(Pssst… Join me on Instagram @whimsicalillustration to see more daily illustrations or join me on my Mish Mash Art Instagram @mishmashartist to follow my life more daily and my paintings!)

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Oliver Twist, the reluctant pickpocket with a heart. Though Oliver is more of a simple idealized character (not terribly complex) the novel itself makes up for that with bold social statements. Drawing attention to poverty, criminal activity, child labour and other issues of Charles Dickens’ day. I gotta say, I LOVE Charles Dickens! ❤️❤️ Had I been born in his era I would have been one of his adoring groupies. (Yes, he had groupies!)

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Mary Lennox from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, Sercret Garden. I pretty much wanted to be this girl when I was a child. Who doesn’t want to live in a mysterious mansion and find the key to a hidden garden?!

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Independent, feisty, smart, playful, talented and strong, Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’. She was a female literary character generations ahead of her time!

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This young fellow is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn! A feisty lad whose adventures take him up and down the Mississippi River. He is an iconic figure in literature because of his charm, pursuit for freedom and dealings with racism. Pretty cool character actually!

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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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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