Illustration Friday

Today I set myself a new illustration task: to create an image that could go at the beginning of the first chapter of my mentorship novel.  It’s important to vary things up a bit.  I’ve been doing a lot of sketching lately, so it’s good to then do a more finished piece so I don’t get too bogged down in details or stuck.  Finished pieces also give me more of a sense of achievement at the end of the day.

It can be quite challenging to try to summarise an entire chapter with a single image.  My goal was to convey the core point of action and change for the main character, and to capture the emotion of the situation.  I’m still learning to work in black and white.  I’m enjoying breaking images down and playing with the balance of positive and negative space.  Experimenting with contrast.  It’s a purely digital image, created in Corel Painter and Photoshop using digital ‘ink’ and collage.  A fun exercise anyway, and a good way to build on my portfolio.

2009-02-13

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4 Responses to “Illustration Friday”


  1. 1 Mel February 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Hey Kath- So I’ve finally been able to log on and check out the blog – it’s amazing. And I love this pic – it looks so simple, but says so much. I have to say I’m truly amazed by what you’ve done so far – I really can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future.
    All the best – and keep up ur amazing work.
    Luv Mel

  2. 2 Katherine Battersby February 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Mel

    Thank-you so much for dropping in and visiting me here, and for your kind words. I’m really enjoying this journey so far. I’ve never been so passionate about anything. I feel lucky to have found it.

    Hope you’re well.

  3. 3 tomaszharacz August 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Interesting point of view…

  4. 4 tomaszharacz August 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Nice stuff, thanks for sharing.


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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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