Seals of New Zealand- free colouring sheet

I posted earlier this week on instagram that I would be releasing this ‘Seals of New Zealand’ colouring-in sheet as a free download on the blog- and finally its ready!

Equipment used: inked with a Hunt dip pen and detailed with Rapidograph isograph pens + Pigma micron. 

I thought it might be quite a fun and useful educational resource , as I don’t think the species of seals we have in New Zealand is very well known to the majority of people (myself included before doing this little project). SEALSofNZ-COLSHEET-final

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chalkboard quotes+ giveaway winner announced!

hey everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was spent working mostly- but I also got the chance to play with the new chalkboard I made last week. Here are a few pics of my chalkboard practice:

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SKILLSHARE MEMBERSHIP GIVEAWAY winner!

Today I am annoucing the winner of the skillshare giveaway- the randomly chosen winner is Maryam who is interested in taking photography and calligraphy classes! Maryam- I’ll send you an email to organise your prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and if you are interested in trying out skillshare, their new membership scheme makes it really easy to access and try out classes for free before you leap into a full on membership, as you can now watch up to 1 hour of classes for free every month.

See you all later in the week with some art and also another $1 book sale round-up!

emma

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:

Inked…

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first attempt at colouring…

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