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Happy Families Squirrels: Finals

I’ve completed the Happy Families Squirrels project. Here are the Illustrations.

The brief was to illustrate 4-5 images for use on postcards. I did 6 images for postcards and made some patterns as well.

Now on to the next project…. Something to do with folklore for a change from squirrels.

All Together with the squirrel family
All Together with the squirrel family
Brother squirrel
Little Brother squirrel
Little brother squirrel is busy collecting acorns for the family. He is always getting into trouble.
Sister Squirrel
Big sister squirrel loves to help Grandma squirrel bake pies and cakes when she is not busy reading about the natural history of acorns for her school exams.
Mother squirrel
Mother squirrel has taken up painting and is doing a local college course on the art of nuts.
Daddy Squirrel
Daddy squirrel is a keen gardener and likes to pick blackcurrant’s for Grandma Squirrel to make pies.
Grandpa Squirrel
Grandpa squirrel loves to read but is often caught in an afternoon nap.
Grandma squirrel
Grandma squirrel loves to knit amazing things for her family.
Sleepy Knitting Time Pattern
Sleepy Knitting Time Pattern
In the Garden Pattern
In the Garden Pattern
Creative Time Pattern
Creative Time Pattern

Happy Families: Squirrel Family status update

The project I’m doing for the end of this month is going well. I have two more main Illustrations to do and then I’m going to work on little decorative elements and text. I’m going for a simpler style of rendering with these Illustrations because they will look clearer in small sizes and for pattern work.

Pattern work is something I am working on as well because it’s one of my interests within Illustration and art and I’m currently developing a collection of work. I want to make some designs available on Spoonflower as well soon.

I opened a new shop on Society 6 this week selling my designs.

Happy Families: Squirrel Family

I’m working on some new Illustrations this week for a project I want to get finished by the end of this month. I’m doing some Illustrations for cards based on the theme of “Happy Families”. I chose to do a squirrel family a while ago. I have been doing many pictures of squirrels over the past year or so and I will move on to a different animal after this project is complete (maybe rabbits….).

happy families squirrels
These are some development stages so far. I’ve chosen to do a simpler style for these because they will be printed out quite small onto business card sized cards- perhaps postcards as well, with a short description of each character on the back. I’m also thinking about making some patterns based on them in the future.

I did a short video a while ago with some of the sketches that went into the making of this project:


Squirrel Happy Families

I am doing an Illustration activity I found in one of my books: The Bloomsbury Guide to Creating Illustrated Children’s Books.

The activity is called “Happy Families”. It is to create a set of cards showing a family group with at least one parent, a child and an older “person” in each set. They don’t have to be realistic but should have a shared “culture”, ethnic or metaphorical. On the back of the card I have to write a short profile on each character.

This project has gotten me thinking about depictions of different ages, genders and cultural groups as well as roles within the family. It also made me think about sexism in our society. It has also gotten me into reading my history and archaeology reference books looking at families throughout history.

I chose to base my family on squirrels. A little later after reading and researching I decided to do squirrels from an ancient civilization. So far I have sketched designs based on Ancient Egypt.

I have quite a bit more work to do yet on this before I get to a stage where I feel ready to start on “final” illustrations and it will probably change somewhat. I will also have to develop an older character.

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