Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cultivate


Welcome to my first ever blog...a place where I will share my thoughts, sketches and portfolio work on my journey as an illustrator. I look forward to creating artwork for children's literature and other publications and products too. I am presently working on an educational book for a math teacher who is self-publishing. Looking forward to seeing it in print towards the end of this year.

I am a big fan of the famous collage artists of the 1960's (my childhood era) who illustrated magnificent children's books including Ezra Jack Keats, Leo Lionni, Eric Carle and Lois Elhert to name only a few. I also love the simple and evocative character design of Tomie DePaola. Right now I am exploring coloured pencil combined with watercolour and digital media. I am trying to use coloured pencil in an untraditional, colourful graphic style with textures. I really like the results I am getting but I still have much more to learn and discover.

I was inspired by this week's theme "Cultivate" on Illustration Friday for the illustration of my first post...it is Spring and I love tulips. (Can you tell I love flowers?) Tulips signal that spring is here and longer warmer days are just around the corner. Their simple shape and glorious colors make any garden or flower pot look spectacular!


Just like cultivating a garden, cultivating drawing and painting skills requires many hours of hard work with no guarantees of success in the beginning. It is an ongoing and lifelong process for every artist but I believe that after a lot of practice and a little bit of courage, our work shines and then we realise that every step in the process was important and significant. “We learn by doing” said Aristotle...so what I will be doing is posting weekly with a sketch or illustration on my blog based on personal themes or inspired by other sources. (I will, I promise) Hope you will drop by and have a look.