Monday, 28 May 2012

Nest Children's Colouring Pages

Over the last couple of months, in between other commissions, I have been working on a couple of colouring pages for Nest, a non-profit which aims to support artisan women across the world in cultivating successful businesses. If you'd like to find out more about what they do, aside from my insufficient 'in a nutshell' description, have a click here to read more.

Nest gave me the choice of which area/craft I wanted to create illustrations for, so I chose India (Block Printing) and Kenya (Maasai Beading) purely because I love to draw swirly patterns and details, and I thought they would make really interesting colouring pages. I wanted the pages to be appropriate for a relatively wide children's age range, so I tried to include larger areas within the sheets as well as small details to colour. I'm tempted to colour one of these up myself (as I did with the imaginary sports illustration) so keep an eye out for that soon, along with some downloadable colouring pages and some freebies for children that I'm working on at the moment!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Imaginary Sports

Recently I entered the Doodlers Anonymous competition to have a colouring book page illustration featured in Anorak Magazine. There were 126 submissions and unfortunately I wasn't chosen as one of the final 12 winners, but I thought you might like to see the entry anyway! I've been experimenting with adjusting my style slightly to make it a bit more child-friendly, and working on a lot of character design. The theme for the competition was 'Favourite Sports' (which could be real or imaginary) so after lots of peculiar ideas and sketches, I settled on my personal top favourite imaginary sport: skydive crochet! (or maybe it isn't imaginary... any skydiving crochet-ers out there?)

As I was pleased with the line drawing I decided to colour it up, again to push my style a bit further and try some new techniques. I feel like there's something not quite right with it yet, and have been tweaking various things every couple of days, but can't work out what's wrong (or if I just don't know when to leave it as it is!)

What do you think? Anything you think I could tweak to improve the final coloured version? All commenters will receive a free imaginary ball of wool for your imaginary crochet projects...