Happy June!

I am celebrating with another challenge.

It’s officially the depths of winter here in Melbourne. People are wandering around in the thickest down-feather puffa-jackets they can find, wearing woolly hats and mega scarfs! We’re suffering people! (TBH it rarely drops below 10 degrees Celsius here but we love to fuss). Melbourne people usually despise the winter but I love June. It’s birthday month for me and D and it’s our anniversary. Yay!

Purposeful but fun side projects.

I’ve been working on an animal alphabet. It was a side project I decided to embark on after watching Andy Pizza on Skillshare one rainy afternoon. He’s an incredibly enthusiastic designer/illustrator who discusses ways to fuel your creativity. The lessons I watched were all about purposeful side projects. I love a side project. If I have a little thing in my sketchbook to be jogging along with during down times I feel settled. Like having a good tv series to sit down to in the evening. How will we all cope now Succession is over?

Counting Down

So, I set my parameters and decided it should be something useful, child-centred with the potential to be printed and made into a product. At the very least it would be a portfolio piece. By happy coincidence, 26 letters work perfectly as a little countdown to my birthday. So tomorrow my socials will feature my first illustrated ‘A’ and each day after that will count down the ‘Z’. How cute is that?

Procreate Tools and Textures

After learning how to add texture using Lisa Glanz‘s brushes and brilliant little tutorials, I created each of my animal characters with a specific colour palette and style. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Hopefully, you’ll be able to follow along on insta @karenerasmus or Facebook – Karen Erasmus Illustration. I’ll reveal what will be happening to all the illustrations at a later date.

Published by Karen Erasmus

I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer. I have illustrated 18 picture books. I live in Melbourne, Australia with three kids, two dogs, four chickens and a mad husband. Life's busy. I also love to sew and cycle and visit galleries whenever I get the time.

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