Cloudbear illustration

I have so enjoyed painting this illustration! I even felt confident enough to add some little funny details! And I wrote a little story, or rather the start of one:

The first time Cloudbear entered the Friendly Wood he had never seen such a place. There was something mysterious about it. Some of the trees were ancient. He knew it. They were telling him. He could hear stories and memories. Sadness and bliss. They told him to keep walking. He would find the Keeper. The Keeper would find him.
And fearless and reassured, he walked into the Wood and never looked back.

List of the materials used below.

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Materials used:
•Arches paper (300gsm)
•Winsor and Newton watercolour
•Reeves gouache
•Derwent coloured pencils
•white ink

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Goodnight Moon

This morning this image appeared in my mind quite suddenly and I knew I had to paint it!

So a new friend has made her way to the Friendly Wood. Her name is Blanche Bunny and she is in charge of wishing goodnight to the Moon every night. She hops onto her special hot air balloon and sometimes she falls asleep up there…I think she will be joining Little Wolf and the Wombaroux. Whenever I write and illustrate my own story that is!

I used watercolour, gouache and white ink.

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Father’s Day card and print

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Yesterday I had an urge to paint while I should have been sewing! The illustration was surprisingly clear in my mind’s eye so I didn’t hesitate: I put the sewing machine aside and drew a sleeping bear. Then for some reason a sleeping baby jumped on his back. This became the perfect illustration for that Father’s Day card I had been wanting to design for a few weeks!

I continued with my coloured pencil experiment. I find that adding the pencil over the watercolour is a little bit daunting as I’m a bit worried about messing it up! But that illustration was actually rather quick to do so I wouldn’t have been too heartbroken if I had failed. I really like the light/ shadow effects I managed to get with this technique, especially on baby bear. What I’m happiest about though is Daddy Bear’s face. It was just a single coloured flat surface before I added the pencil!

It’s now available in my shop both as a card and as a print!

‘Follow the Keeper’ or the day I grew up.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook may have noticed that I have been trying to improve my landscape/ scenes drawing skills.

I had come to realise that I’d finally found my style (yay!) with regards to drawing/ painting animals and characters, but I wanted more. I wanted to set them into scenes and imagine what they were up to.

Also, for quite a few months now I’ve had in mind to create a story with creatures who look after the Forest. That’s where the Keepers comes from. This one is a wombaroux who’s come straight out of my head. He looks after the wanderers and the lost ones who need guidance in the Forest. There’s no story yet, just ideas of illustrations. I have decided to let the illustrations guide me to the story. It is there somewhere.

This painting combines lots of newly learnt techniques, or long forgotten ones:

• Image composition: it’s been so difficult previously. I didn’t know where to put the trees, how to do the grass, how the bottom of the trees should be so that they didn’t look like they had been cut and stuck into place, sigh…I had tried for many weeks but with this picture it looks like something clicked and all of a sudden I knew how to do it!

• I hadn’t used gouache since early last year and I’m glad I did again as it helps so much to get vivid colours. In this illustration I have sometimes used a layer of gouache over a layer of watercolour and the result was more than convincing! Gouache is also a wonderful medium to add texture and shadows/ lights.

• I used colouring pencils over gouache and watercolour to add extra details. I had seen two artists do this but had never tried it myself. It makes such a difference and adds a lot of texture to the picture. I used pencils to add extra lights or shadows, to add more strands of grass as the gouache was sometimes not opaque enough and to add details on plants/ fungus.

• Limited colour palette: I decided that doing this would help keep everything harmonious. Choosing the main colour wasn’t difficult as I seem to be attracted to blue a lot at the moment. From there I chose colour tones which were close to blue: greens with a tinge of blue, browns which are close to purple, even the wombaroux’s fur colour was chosen carefully: I knew it would be red, and I went for a rusty red rather than a bright orangy one.

• Light source: this is a big deal for me. Previously I could work out where shadows were with a light source such as the sun. But I had never dared imagining painting a lantern which was set in the dark and work out how it would glow and how it would affect the objects/ people surrounding it. I know this is not perfect in this illustration, but considering that this was my first attempt and that last night I wanted to turn the light off to see the lantern glowing properly I think I’ve done really well!

Prints and greeting cards are now available in my Etsy shop, just follow the link!

I will leave you with the picture and some close ups. You can find a list of the materials I used towards the end. Don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment if you have any questions. I’m by no means an expert but I’m happy if I can help a bit.

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Materials used:

• Arches 300gsm watercolour paper
• Winsor and Newton professional watercolour
• Reeves gouache
• White ink
• Derwent colouring pencils

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A new friend in the collection./ Un(e) nouvel(le) ami(e) dans la collection.

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I have made three or four mice since last year but never got around to listing them in my Etsy shop as an option for embroidery hoop portraits until today. She can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/467977071/custom-mouse-embroidery-hoop-wall-art-3d

A cat should follow tomorrow!


J’ai fait trois ou quatre souris depuis l’an dernier mais je ne les ai jamais mises dans ma boutique Etsy en tant qu’option pour mes portraits, jusqu’à présent. Vous pouvez donc maintenant la trouver ici! https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/467977071/custom-mouse-embroidery-hoop-wall-art-3d

Et normalement demain j’y ajouterai un chat!