endangered species illustration+ skillshare giveaway!!

Today I am running this blog’s first giveaway- its for a service I really enjoy using myself and can’t wait to tell you more about it- read to the end to find out more!!

I am quite a fan of skillshare– I’ve referenced it a couple of times on the blog- and have done a few classes through the website. I think its a really useful and affordable way to learn from the pros in various creative areas. Recently I did a new class by Christine Fleming called “Scientific Illustration- conveying information with charm“. I wasn’t entirely sure what the class would be about, but lets just say I was in as soon as I read “scientific illustration”!!

This class teaches you to distill information from scientific fact into fun and educational illustrations. If you check out BuzzHootRoar (which “is a graphics-driven blog that shares and/or explains a scientific concept in 300 words or less”– for which Christine is the resident illustrator) you should get a feel for the sort of style/approach of the class. I found the class really fun and it opened up some options of combining traditional and digital tools that I hadn’t really considered. I also really enjoyed the short lecture on colour theory- which is an area that I really need to learn more about. As part of the class there was a challenge to create an illustration to celebrate National Wildlife Day. I thought it would be cool to illustrate the some of the most endangered species worldwide. I made a selection of ten of the most endangered species- making sure to include at least one NZ species (hint: kakapo!).

I decided to ink the final illustration using my kuretake brush pen, and then colour it digitally in Photoshop.

Here is my entry:



first attempt at colouring…


I wasn’t 100% convinced in the colour palette for this one, so did some more research and found this awesome tutorial by Zoe Piel on creating a limited palette in Photoshop. Now I know why its always been so difficult to select colours for digital work!!

So I made a colour palette…


It definitely still needs some work- I am still not 100% happy with the colour palette- but it was great fun trying out a new technique.

If you want to see more in depth sketches and concept planning etc you can check out my project on skillshare.



thanks to everyone who entered!

Its giveaway time people!!

Skillshare has kindly offered a free month of premium membership for one lucky reader. That means the winner will be able to take as many Skillshare classes as they like during the free month! To enter to win this awesome prize, just leave a comment below telling us what is one creative technique or skill that you would like to learn more about? I’ll randomly pick the winner on Monday at 5pm New Zealand time (thats midnight on Sunday EST).

good luck + get commenting!


disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this post are my own and I am not being compensated in any way for offering this giveaway. I personally really enjoy using Skillshare and have organised this giveaway because I really love the product and thought some of you might too! 


6 thoughts on “endangered species illustration+ skillshare giveaway!!”

  1. Your illustrations are so good! I’m fan of skillshare too, and would love to be able take more photography classes and calligraphy classes! Molly Jacques modern calligraphy course was the one I had in mind. Did you learn a lot in that course?

    1. Hi maryam- the molly jacques class was awesome- it definitely got me hooked on lettering. It is really just the basics but its an awesome place to start if you are a beginner (like me!). The real way to get good is just to practice lots once you have the basics. I also wrote a review which you can see here

      1. I am a beginner! Thanks for sharing that review you wrote, it helped me in what to expect. I guess practice, practice, practice is the key. Thanks again Emma!

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