I actually had finished the graphite pencil part of this drawing ages ago but I held off adding colour for a long time, I guess it has always been the part that induces the most anxiety for me when it comes to the illustration process. I mean I’m always anxious starting a new drawing, even the pencil portion, but colouring is a whole different ball game! I realize that I have to learn not to overthink the process and stop feeling like everything I do is contrived. All I can say is that I’m working on the whole self-confidence thing, specially in my work. Anyways, moving on from the feels…I had a strong urge recently to take this little miss out and give her a bit more life with some colour, of course I was drawn to a more pinky soft palette. I hope you like!
Below are some progress shots:
I was drawn to this reference image as I really loved that the model was wearing an olive wreath, a symbol of peace. When I started the drawing, it felt so right because there was so much negative stuff highlighted by the press. A world without violence, hatred and intolerance seems somewhat impossible to achieve but if we all showed a little compassion, collectively it can amount to so much.
There’s an amount of controversy about the date and celebrating Australia Day, which is understandable given the history. I was born overseas but having lived in Australia majority of my life, I truly feel that it is home. I just wanted to share my love for this gorgeous country and create an illustration that is quintessentially Aussie. What’s more Aussie than a beach babe enjoying the company of a cute kangaroo!
Here’s a close-up:
And some work-in-progress shots:
Are you Aussie? What do you love most about our beautiful country?
Life is too short to start your day with broken pieces of yesterday, it will definitely destroy your wonderful today and ruin your great tomorrow. — Unknown