“Billy Brambleberry loved visiting his Grammy. He especially loved her honey cake biscuits, fresh from the oven, warm and comforting, like one of Grammy’s hugs.”
I like the concept but I really don’t like the execution on this one. I’m starting to feel frustrated by the water colour pencils and I need to get some smaller sized fine-tip pens but I’m still not game enough to try water colour paint.
I enjoyed drawing this theme though the execution isn’t great. I’m still not really enjoying the watercolour pencils, the colours are insipid and amateurish and I don’t really like their effect. I do prefer illustrating my mouse in this way though, inspired by the gorgeous ‘Charming Tales’ figurines. There’s also a great story in this somewhere and maybe one day I’ll write about ‘The Raspberry Thief.’
Autumn is coming and the harvest is starting to be brought in. Time to get ready to celebrate Harvest Home. I really loved the concept of this but again I’m disappointed in the colour from the water colour pencils. I also need to work on perspective and detail but I think with more practice I’ll revisit this concept.
This peacock was copied from a stained glass window I found on a google search. I love the idea of a story called ‘The Mouse and the Peacock.’ Maybe I’ll turn this picture into a story one day. As for the artistry, I don’t mind how it turned out but I’m still not particularly happy with the colour from the watercolour pencils.
‘The Man from Snowy River,’ is not necessarily a children’s story but I have strong and fond memories of my mother reading Banjo Patterson to us as children while we lived overseas. I also loved Jan Pienkowski‘s illustrations for his Fairy Tale collection. This illustration combines both but I’m still not happy with the colour produced by the water colour pencils.
I’m not so happy with how this one turned out. The colour is too insipid and the pencil doesn’t provide a nice water colour wash. I might rework this idea one day though.
This week I was inspired by my favourite quote, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” Aesop. I also got myself a set of watercolour pencils and I’m pretty happy with how this worked out.
I was nervous to start this challenge as I haven’t picked up a pen to draw anything since high school. I would love to learn watercolour but will start with fine tip pen and colouring pencils for now. I’ve also decided that my theme for this year will be mice, to honour the inspiration they’ve provided me in my writing.