Though I spent much of 2014 reading and writing reviews, finished many picture book drafts, got back into my junior fiction novel, and wrote short stories and poems for children, I did manage to create some time here and there for a few illustrations leading me to launch my Society6 shop as you'll see at the end of this post.
I was lucky to join the fabulous Tania McCartney with her 52 week illustration challenge as it started in January not realising what a huge following it would attract or what wonderful opportunities it would generate.
One of those opportunities involved a competition for bookmarks to be selected and be available for download on the website for International Book Giving Day 2015 on the 14th of February.
"International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible."
I had fun with this one, I came up with the concept and it pretty much turned out the way I had envisioned. I got to use my Prismacolour pencils and finalised the bookmark in Photoshop.
Then there was even bigger news, I was thrilled to find out that my illustration for Week 1 - Eggs was shortlisted for the upcoming 52 week challenge exhibition in Perth.
The final artworks will not be revealed until the Exhibition Opening on Monday 9 March, at Brookfield Place, Perth.
I sold this artwork to talented Nicky Johnston as part of the Creating a Welcome initiative– in support of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), a community organisation working directly with asylum seekers to provide basic necessities such as food, housing, healthcare and legal assistance.
I created my speckled eggs using Copic pens and pencil and it also was close to what I had envisioned.
Well, now that my chest is all puffed out and my ego stroked, I shall inflate it even further by launching my own little shop at Society 6.
TADAAA! Here it is!
I did a couple of test runs. The shirts come out well and don't fade or damage with repeated washing. The same with the mugs, I have run mine through the dish washer many times and it hasn't faded. I did receive one shirt that hadn't printed properly but customer service was great and immediately sent me a new item at no additional charge, no need to return. I would suggest you check with your country's mail system as my parents (The Netherlands) were charged some weird ceramic surcharge after ordering a few mugs. Society 6 often advertise free world wide shipping which I will post on my Facebook author page.
I will slowly work on adding more artwork throughout the year.
Here are some of my own models showing the latest in children's fashion!
Children's Writer and Illustrator