Another yearly summary 🙂

Each week on twitter, a group of artists (#colour_collective) create pictures based around a single colour. I joined in for the first time in March and it’s been one of the most positive and encouraging things I could have done both socially and artistically. These are some of the pictures I created for the #colour_collective challenge this year. Next year I’m thinking of picking a theme or topic but idk yet.

If you’re an artist, I highly recommend it 🙂

A year of illustration. 

Rambling, analysis, and links to the pieces are below the cut.

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.


I’ve been working on my illustration all year. Like, that’s all I’ve been doing. I feel like it’s paid off. In terms of skill, not money, jeeze. Now is probably the time to point out that I can only do this because my husband works and his income supports me. February’s piece was right at the very limits of my ability. I’ve come a long way.


In January I made a lot of fan art. In February I had a tech breakthrough and also found some art communities online. In March I created five pieces/week, in order to build up a portfolio. In April I made better work. In May I was exhausted. In June I turned 25 and started illustrating a phonics book. In July I finished the phonics book. In August I took Nathan Fowkes’ composition course on Schoolism. In September I illustrated another phonics book. In October I visited Books Illustrated and they gave me advice on my portfolio. At the end of November I got two commission emails on the same weekend. Now, I’m trying to focus and rebuild my portfolio. My art is better now. I’m excited for the new year. I have new hopes and dreams and goals and vague ideas.

It’s been a good year.

warm up sketch – people of my suburb, #1

this dude had a huge gorgeous fluffy dog that i tried to draw but couldn’t even vaguely do justice so I stopped because otherwise I was going to spend forever on something that was meant to be quick.


I haven’t been posting a lot because I’ve been making art for purposes and commissions. And you’ll see it all eventually but not right now.

I haven’t been big into warm up sketches (certainly not posting them) because it always took me far too long to make something that felt worth posting and so I was working at cross purposes with myself. Today, though, I thought I’d try again and I was pleasantly surprised by this. It’s a thing I might keep doing. We’ll see. I might try for more detail and skip the colouring next time. Although tbh I probably most need the practise on colouring. Hmmm.