There were so many wonderful art and illustration prompts circulating in December. I’m excited to share the new illustrations I created in my sketchbook for the #Advent_Challenge2021, many of which were inspired by my own December daily doodle project.
Traipsing through the snow
Visiting a Christmas Market
Cabin in the Woods
I love how these turned out so I’m excited to do something fun with them.
Hello December! Lots of nature experiences and inspirations this month for my sketchbook art and storytelling.
A few years ago, I created a daily doodle project where I set up a monthly grid, illustrated a seasonal border, hand-lettered the month and days, and filled in the squares with nature doodles and tiny illustrations.
It’s one of my all-time favorite personal illustration projects I’ve ever done. The best part is I frequently refer to these pages for inspiration. I’m planning to use these little spot illustrations to create larger illustrations and prompts for my character design development, vignettes and storytelling.
There are so many wonderful stories to tell from this month of doodles!
Since I love to read and illustrate maps, I knew immediately wanted to do a map for the end pages of my first picture book.
Each book comes with an art print insert of the illustrated map of Roxy’s forest adventures.
I always start my illustrations with a thumbnail sketch and then a pencil drawing, which is actually my favorite part of the process. I just really love to draw! My concept was to draw the map from left to right as the story takes place, traveling across the spread.
The next step is to transfer the drawing to watercolor paper and paint it, which is my next favorite thing to do.
Each of the books in this Daisy Books series will have an illustrated map printed on the end pages showing the location of the story’s adventures. I’m excited to see the future books and future maps all together on a bookshelf!
In September, I participated in an online summit called Start Your Art, a summit full of art lectures, videos, demonstrations and inspirations to help restart an art practice. As promised, it provided lots of empowerment, inspiration, ways to overcome fear and connect with yourself.
I watched each of the sessions and did the creative exercise on the same day they were released because I knew if I got behind, I would have trouble catching up.
I adore sketchbook art so I completed almost all of the daily demos and challenges in two sketchbooks. Here’s what I got out of most of the sessions, with only a few incomplete (ideas still brewing).
So fun to have all of these ideas captured in my sketchbooks! I’m excited to finish some of the pages that are blank, and to flush out some of these characters and vignettes and scenes into something more. This summit definitely restarted my personal art practice!
I love looking back through my own sketchbooks and illustrations for inspiration for new ideas to draw and illustrate. Here’s one of my favorite illustrations, a daily doodle for the month of October which was part of a year-long daily doodle challenge I did.
I really loved this challenge and hope to make time to do this again!
I always love looking back through my own old sketchbooks and illustrations for new inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites with a fall theme, from daily doodles to tiny art to watercolor splatter drawings:
Capturing the essence of my day with a new sketchbook project – pages from book 2, started April 1, 2020. (most current sketchbook page on top) Sometimes it’s just a drawing of what I saw today, and sometimes it’s a drawing of a quote I want to remember.