52′ Illustrations 2016


The 52 Week Illustration Challenge is on again for 2016, and this year I’ve promised myself I will submit every single week… and hopefully at least a day before the weekly finish time. So far so good, I even got my Week 2 illustration for the theme “Outdoors” featured in the pick of week… hooray!

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 4: Swimming by Amie Sabadin

52 Week Illustration Challenge – Week 4: Swimming by Amie Sabadin

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 3: Theme Park by Amie Sabadin

52 Week Illustration Challenge – Week 3: Theme Park by Amie Sabadin

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 2: Outdoors by Amie Sabadin

52 Week Illustration Challenge – Week 2: Outdoors by Amie Sabadin

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 1: Fancy Dress by Amie Sabadin

52 Week Illustration Challenge – Week 1: Fancy Dress by Amie Sabadin

52′ illustrations – Scandinavian


Girl and bird illustration by Amie Sabadin

Girl and bird illustration by Amie Sabadin

Picture of colour palette used for mentioned illustration

This week I did a quick digital illustration for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, the theme was “Scandinavian”. I’m very happy with my restricted colour palette as well as the general composition, hooray!

This was a last minute effort which I think has worked well for me, I am thinking of creating a slightly refined version of this image and making a print from it for my little ones bedroom.

52′ illustrations


Here’s some illustrations I created for the last couple weeks in the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. I hope you like them!

I could have fretted over the colour schemes and got them a bit better but I decided to just call them finished and put that energy into the next illustrations and the book I’m ever so slowly working on.

Otter space! Illustration for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, week 41 - Sweets. By Amie Sabadin

Otter space! Illustration for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, week 41 – Sweets. By Amie Sabadin

Obladi Oblada! Illustration for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, week 41 - Instrument. By Amie Sabadin

Obladi Oblada! Illustration for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, week 41 – Instrument. By Amie Sabadin

Illustration process and practice


Picture of Lucy & Otter illustration. Hand inked, digitally coloured by Amie Sabadin.

Lucy & Otter illustration. Hand inked, digitally coloured

Maybe this is totally normal for artists in general but I’m feeling like I have either not quite found my groove as far as process goes, or perhaps I just can’t stick to one thing because I have one of those crazy artist brains.

This Lucy & Otter picture is an example where I just couldn’t decide what I was doing.

Picture of Lucy & Otter illustration process

Lucy & Otter illustration process.

Initial idea/sketch and initial hand inking were no worries, but then when it came to colour I just didn’t know what I was doing. At first I tried watercolour pencil and watercolour but the colours just turned out awful. Luckily I took a decent photo of the inking so that I could then fix it by colouring it in digitally instead. I’m still not happy with the colours used… but it was for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge and time was up for the week, so I had to just get it finished – which is good because I need to be forced to move on sometimes.

I’ve found myself switching between traditional and digital processes a lot, and I think all this switching and practice has made me realise that I work best with a nice balance of each. I feel my initial ideas often flow best when I put pencil to paper but I can then speed or neaten things up by working digitally.

I’m now setting myself a challenge for the next month to stick focus on creating a colour palette I’m happy with when creating images for challenges etc. Since my focus will be on colour selection I’ll probably stick to hand inking / digital colouring or digital everything for efficiency.

Hopefully one of my next posts will focus on creating colour palettes… and how I’ve got better at creating them!

Illustration inspiration – Isabelle Arsenault


While slowly chipping away at a long term illustration project, I’ve also been spending a lot of time finding inspiration and researching different illustrators and their styles. At the top of my inspiration list this week is Isabelle Arsenault. Isabelle is an award wining illustrator who lives and works in Montréal, Canada.

I love the mood created by the lines and textures that Isabelle brings to her work with mediums such as pencil, charcoal, watercolour and gouache. Isabelle is well known particularly in Canada for her illustration work in books such as: Migrant, Virginia Wolf and Spork.

Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault

Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault

Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault

Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault

Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault

Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault

Crochet – granny blanket complete


Yellow and white granny stitch blanket

Yellow and white granny stitch blanket

Today I finished a new yellow and white granny blanket for our new baby nephew. This one was a pretty quick project, I think that any 8ply project feels quick to me as I tend to usually create 4ply baby blankets. It only took me about 1 week of evening multi-tasking television time to whip up.

I used Patons Big Baby 8ply and a 4mm hook.