January’s Illustrations

January’s Illustrations

52 Illustrations Project: An Update

Photo by Tim Arterbury on Unsplash

At the start of the year, I began a project to complete an illustration a week. This is an update so far.

My first illustration, was a digital painting of a rather tipsy mouse, who was celebrating the new year. I used procreate on the ipad pro to do this piece. I am relatively new to digital painting, but I very much enjoyed working on it, and am excited to do some more digital artwork.

My second piece was a mushroom fairy house, done on 300lb hot press watercolour paper, using FaberCastell Polychromos pencils.

I wrote a review of them, which you can read here:

The third piece was a bit of an experiment. I did a coloured pencil piece of three sunflowers, on pastelmat paper. I have never used pastelmat for coloured pencils before. I read about an artist that was using it online, and thought I would try it. However, I found that I wasn’t that struck on it as a surface for coloured pencils. I am going to try again, possibly next week, and I’ll post a proper review of it when I do.

My fourth piece was a caterpillar, which was also a digital piece. This was a very quick piece, as, if I’m honest, I was running out of time. I used it as a practice in not being such a perfectionist with my work.

My fifth and final piece for January was a ladybird sat on a leaf, which was a digital drawing. It was only a quick illustration, but I still like it and it’s adding to my practice of using procreate.

So that’s it… five weeks down, and five illustrations finished. I’m excited to see what this next month brings.

Watch this space…


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Back To Class

Back To Class

And A New Project

Tiny Mouse Initial Sketch

I started a new project this last week. I took inspiration from a photo I found online, and have adapted it to make it original. The image is of a tiny mouse, in amongst a lot of corn.

This image is closely cropped, and the tiny size of the mouse is amplified by how big the corn looks. I’ve not done much on it yet. Mainly, I’ve done the basic sketch, and then I started on the mouse’s face, because, where else would I start?!

I find this is a thing with me. If I am drawing a figure, be it human or animal, then I always make a point of working on the face first. The idea of having that blank face staring up at me for goodness knows how long, seriously freaks me out.

I’m using Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils for this piece. I love using coloured pencils and the rich depth of colour that can be achieved with them.

I am, however, working on quite a small scale, because it does take a lot of time to work on the layers of colour, and to be honest, I fully expect for it to take me a good ten to twenty hours.

It’s really nice to be back at class again, and it’s really nice that this time, I’m working on something that is purely because I want to do it, rather than something that is for a commission. Not that I mind getting commissions. I love having plenty to work on, but I also feel that it’s important to work on your inner artist, and I feel that this is what this piece will do for me.


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.