Herschel Girls Readathon with Katya Cat

Hershel Girls Katya Cat

We had mermaids and, of course, mermaid Princesses. We also had pirates and one pirate Princess. Then there were a group dressed up with whiskers and tails. I guess they were ‘Cat Fish’ (well done parents – I see what you did there).

Libary Shark HeadIt was just last week that the sun was shining (you wouldn’t think with the rain at the moment!) and I was off to Hershel School for their Readathon event. Like all Capetonians, I knew only good thing about Hershel School and I wasn’t disappointed. As I entered the reception I was greeted with a great big shark head decorating the door to the library. Apparently they were doing a underwater theme week and the whole library was decked out. Read more

My Process – Traditional Medium

Watercolour

I thought it would be a nice idea to just blog post the way that I illustrate in traditional medium. There are loads of ways to watercolour and lots of different other illustration mediums you can choose from to create the same effect. This is just one of those ways.

First Layer

The first thing I do is sketch out my drawing in pencil. I try to do this as lightly as possible, so that there is less to erase later. Once the intial sketch is on my paper, I then do a layer of water-colour. At this point, I’m just trying to get to colours right. I’m not worried about shadows, highlights, or gradients. I am also not to worried about ‘mixing’ paints. I might just use the colour that comes in the tube! It is just about putting down ‘block’ colours. Everything is pretty light as this point (I had to saturate the photo for you to see).

first layer illustration
first layer in the illustration

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Kirstenbosch Winter Wonderland – An awesome day!

Kirstenbosch Winter Wonderland

Birds can’t fly in Winter. I have never seen one fly.

I arrived at Kirstenbosch at about 9:30 in the morning. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I arrived at about 8:30 and drank a hot chocolate in the car, while writing for an hour before grabbing my kit and heading inside the bookshop at 9:30. I was greet by the Kirstenbosch Bookstore team – Mark and Greg. They offered me a coffee while I wait and I headed into the kiddies area.

I was so impressed with Kirstenbosch. There were mini chairs and a lovely table display of Katya Cat books, along with the Kirstenbosch trade mark – a gorgeous vase with proteas. Julia Richman, the author, arrived with her book as well as Belinda, from Penguin Random House. Belinda was carrying under her arm a flip-chart for me to use while I illustrate. With a wink, she informed me she ‘borrowed’ it from the CEO’s office. I couldn’t have been more pleased. I was going to use the CEO of one of the best publishing companies in South Africa (and the world!) to illustrate Katya’s characters. What a treat! Read more

Craft Calamity: Sharpie Mugs

This is a video I created showing whether the Pinterest sensation of putting personal designs and touches on a mug with a Sharpie pen actually works. Read more