A personal project created during my 2021 AOI Mentorship to develop my skills in children’s illustration and to showcase my playful, accessible style. Inspired by my love of summer, nature, and playfulness, I drew an imagined scene with young preschool children. Look closely and you’ll see each one is doing their own thing, jumping, playing and planting in the garden. True to life, there’s a mixture of moods going on!
I started with research into types of garden plants, collecting photos and sketches, and sketches of children doing different activities.
The next step was to draw the linework, for which I used a UniPin Fine Line 0.7 on FSC white card. Once scanned in, I used Photoshop to develop the layout, and clean up the illustration where needed.
Finally I chose a summery, vibrant colour palette from garden photographs, adding colour and depth in Adobe Illustrator.
Project completed in May 2021.
“I spent 6 months in 2021 mentoring Rachel around her illustration career. She is extremely proactive, organised, with a great eye for design and illustration, not to mention very pleasant and professional to work with.”
Jenni Sparks, Illustrator and Association of Illustrators Mentor
This illustration is available for licensing. Or if you’d like to commission something similar, let’s chat!