CDWC 2018 – Week 2 Toddler

This is the second week of the 2018 Character Design Weekly Challenge. I’ve attempted a different design for my mouse characters. It’s not bad but more cartoony than want for my Brambleberry family.

This week’s theme is Toddler/Baby so please allow me to introduce Bethany Brambleberry. Bethany loves animals and wants to be a vet when she grows up.

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New Year New Challenge

Happy 2018 to all you lovely people. I hope it’s shaping up to be a great year for you. After a short but wonderful hiatus to celebrate the silly season with family up in North Queensland, I am finally back at my desk and ready to start working on this year’s goals. First cab off the rank is the new ‘Character Design Weekly Challenge’ on Facebook. My first post for 2018 and week 1 for the Challenge prompt ‘pet’ is Snowy, the pet jumping spider of my favourite little mouse character, Billy Brambleberry…

Extract from my book in progress, ‘A Very Brambleberry Christmas’:

Snowy was Billy’s right from the start. Billy found the small and frightened baby jumping spider on his way home from school, cowering in a ditch near Possum Creek School. When Billy scooped the shivering, white spider into his arms they became instant friends and they’ve been inseparable ever since.


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52 WIC – Week 20 ‘Saturday’ CATCH UP

This one is very late in coming but I have had the concept in the back of my mind since March. I’m also happy to say that I finally took the plunge and bought myself a set of Royal Langnickel water colours and some good quality watercolour paper. I am in love! I love the smell of the water colour, how it feels to put brush to paper, the beautiful colour and wash. I can’t wait to learn everything I can about painting with watercolours.

I also liked the concept of this illustration and I’m reasonably happy with the execution but quite disappointed with the mouse, his eyes are far too big and make him look scary rather than friendly. I’m sure I’ll come back to this concept when I am more proficient.

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52 WIC – Week 21 ‘Red’ CATCH UP

As soon as I saw ‘red’ in the weekly theme I instantly thought of the gorgeous Josephine and Christophe from Le Tres Bon, a wonderful little French restaurant in my town. I love love love painting in watercolour and I’m pretty happy with the result.

Happy to say that Josephine liked the illustration and I’ve turned it into a postcard.

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52 WIC – Week 14 ‘Surprise’

I’m much happier with how this little bunny turned out. I seemed to have been able to work much better with the watercolour pencils. Bunny was inspired by a gorgeous ‘Charming Tails’ figurine that I found on a web search. This type of face suits my mice characters much better than other styles that I’ve tried.

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