Some very colourful ladies.

Wednesday was a studio day and I had the most fun! Ever.

I coloured a couple of the ladies from my sketchbook and then I coloured a sketch I had done for Daily__Doodle the night before.

The best decision I have made lately was to NOT take my computer upstairs to the studio. It means I’m not tempted in the slightest to scan a sketch and quickly colour it in photoshop, these are all by hand! Gouache and colour pencil.

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Daily__Doodle ‘Crazy Scientist’ came from…KellyCanby5

 

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Finally, I wil have some VERY exciting news to tell you soon. VERY. Like, really really exciting…but I just can’t tell yet and its killing me!!!

But soon :)

Happy Friday, everyone!

 

From my sketchbook : May

Well that month went quick!

Here’s some bits and bobs from  my sketchbook this month (two are from today though, June 2nd, but ssshhh, no one needs to know!)

 

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And there you have it, a little bit of what happened this month, inside my sketchbook.

HELLO, JUNE!

Have I shared our ‘eyes on the street’ project with you yet?

My 4 year old son and I often go out walking the neighbourhood armed with not much more than…

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A pair of googly eyes and some Blu-Tac.

And we look for faces. And we photograph them.

Faces, we’ve found, are everywhere!!

Here’s some of my personal favourites:

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It’s REALLY a lot of fun, you should try it!

 

Here’s an example of Photoshop being completely awesome!

I’ve been playing around and painting a few new portfolio pieces lately and one of them was a fancy cocktail party lady holding a glass of champagne.

I loved the way it turned out and was about to email it to my agents at Bright to put on my folio page, when it occurred to me that perhaps a tipsy woman with a glass of booze wasn’t the most “kid lit” friendly subject, I mean, we’re talking picture books for five year olds here! SO, on a separate piece of paper I painted a teddy bear and a small child, opened up Photoshop, joined the two together and VOILA!

Kid lit friendly!

(And I still really like it, in fact, I may even like it better).

Thank you, Photoshop, old buddy, old pal, thank you.

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Happy friday!

From my Sketchbook – April 2014

I thought I might start a new monthly sketchbook show & tell type thing as I do A LOT of sketching in that ol’ book of mine. Everyday, really.

So, lets show some stuff!

I have been making an effort to work on character design lately so I seem to be drawing a lot of faces – lots of faces, different expressions, loads of fun! It’s amazing that since I started doing this, my drawing has really improved, I can certainly see that practice is a good thing.

A small sample of the faces I have been doodling…
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And some character doodles (you can see here where my photographer came from here)…
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I have also been participating in @Daily__Doodle on Twitter. Everyday Daily__Doodle posts a new #theme and well, you doodle it and post your doodle back! Its great for when I can’t come up with an idea for a doodle on my own and also makes me doodle things I wouldn’t ordinarily doodle.

I feel like I’ve just said ‘doodle’ a lot.

Anyhow, some of my @Daily__Doodle’s…

#TheGingerbreadMan
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#TheFrogPrince
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#ThreeLittlePigs
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#DogAsBatmanCatAsRobin
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#GirlWithPetMonster
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I actually really look forward to the new theme each day…I’m hooked!!

If you’re a doodler, give it a go!
(And one last time, here’s their link :) @Daily__Doodle)

Finally, from my sketchbook, is Olive.
Finally, I think I have just about finished my first ever manuscript.
Finally, I can get to work on what it might look like.
Finally, I am drawing stuff for it!

I thought I had finished this manuscript a couple of months ago but when I re-read it last week I found so many words that just didn’t need to be there! So, it’s now only half the size but I think it’s twice as good.

It’s about a girl called Olive and this is what Olive looks like…today…
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I’m really loving working on a project of my own and ideally I’d like to develop the story and the character and the look of the book to a point where I feel good about showing people, and by people I mean my agents and publishers and anyone who might want to help make my book into a real thing :)

Thats the dream!

And that’s it from my sketchbook this month.
It was just a small sample, I tweet way more doodles and sketches so if you want to see them, come follow me @kelcanby

Happy first day of the week! x

 

Next in the series…

…of “jobs girls can have that isn’t a princess or a cupcake maker or a poodle groomer or a fairy”

 

The Scientist. (click to enlarge)

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HELLO BLOG!

Phew.

I have just finished a job that has been consuming me, mentally and physically, for the past several weeks. But now, just this morning, I have sent off the cover and it is done!

That’s a nice feeling.

Time to do other lovely things now.

Other lovely things like, rediscover my passion for gouache! Gouache and coloured pencils…I’m smiling just thinking about them! For a while there I decided digital was the way to go, but I’ve come back. Back to my beloved gouache and coloured pencils and boy! have they welcomed me! We’ve been having some crazy fun together these last few nights…pics to come…but first, girls see too many images of Princesses and fairies, I have decided.

So, with that in mind, I have started a series of “jobs girls can have that isn’t a princess or a cupcake maker or a poodle groomer or a fairy” paintings. Not that theres anything wrong with those careers, it’s just, you know, thats not all there is out there.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with these little paintings (if anything) but they’ve been such fun to make. I have a list of nearly 30 occupations to do…lets see how many I can get done while I wait for client feedback from other jobs…and before I get flat out busy again…

The first three are: (click to enlarge)

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Architect
Photographer
Artist

Girl power. And all that.

In other news, a book with a book cover that I illustrated will be coming out later this year (publisher: Bloomsbury). I’m still working on the internal B&W illustrations but, hey, look! Here’s a cover that I can now reveal…

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I’m so happy with how its looking :)

I have been up to so much more lately but to go into details would bore you silly so, I’ll leave it at this for today.

Happy Hump Day, folks!