Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Illustration Friday _ soaked _ 2

Couldn't help myself, some sketching while holed up on my sick bed. Feeling crap but at least I can draw to keep me feeling some enjoyment! There is only so much TV I can watch...
Playing in the puddles and having a good old roll seemed such a good idea ... until his human caught him and told him it was time for a good old soak in the bath!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Illustration Friday - Soaked

This little image is one I sketched up last night for my little girl. She was so sad missing her most special little companion & favourite toy Sugar Pup who she has not spent a night away from in four years. Sug got left in the car after dancing yesterday and we didn't realise until last nights bedtime. Daddy had taken the car to work on a night shift ( too far away for us to go and collect Sug) so the IF theme of soaked fits in with a little girls tear soaked pillow last night at bedtime.
There was a very loving and special reunion this morning when Sugar pup made her way home with Daddy. We wondered what adventures she might have gotten up to over night.

She must have approved of the image as when she found it this morning she asked me ot do a big one of it for her room. (This one is in my sketchbook) Have a great week everyone! Janet

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A worthy little competition _ we need to save our frogs

From the save the forgs webiste.

Frog Art Contest:

SAVE THE FROGS! Nonprofit Organization ( has announced its international Frog Art Contest. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness of the mass extinction of amphibians that is currently taking place worldwide. There are cash prizes and the best art will be used on eco-friendly SAVE THE FROGS! merchandise and in books to raise funds for their amphibian conservation efforts. Please spread the word to any artists or teachers you know, and feel free to submit your finest frog art. Please visit to learn more. Thanks!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Illustration Friday _ Safari

Wow, great topic.
This is a small section of a larger illustration i did for course work some time ago and it tells the story of two friends reminiscing on a great journey they had had together. Let me know if you want to see the rest of  the illustration and I will post it.  Kindest Regards Janet

Thanks for the request guys, can I say "by popular demand...." sounds nice and feels good even if it is a large exaggeration :-)
Here is the illustration in its entirety.

The brief called for a cow who finds a friendship with an "unlikely" friend - a type of bird - and depict what they find out about the world around them and what they see as they travel around together. 
 I chose to show their adventures together by depicting what they did across the four seasons. I capture them at the end reminiscing on their wonderful times. The space at the top was left for text (specified amount but shape not specified).  
I really enjoyed doing this one. Well... i actually enjoyed doing them all :-)

As with all of my images: copyright: J trotta. 2011

Missing my blog and blogging friends & my little girl is off at school

Well with problems with blogger all through the week I didn't have many people view my illustration Friday illustration or get any comments, which was a bit sad. I have gotten so used to the lovely supportive comments and shared encouragement that happens within the artistic blogging community I really missed it.

I also missed blogging so much when I couldn't do it because the site was down I posted my blog entry to Facebook. (Usually I am constrained by time, not the blog itself!)

Oh how used to this wonderful medium I have become, so much so I miss it very much when it is not there. Here is the image I posted on Friday to my Facebook pages, I was missing my little girl when she was off at school.

Well today has been my first 'weekday' day off now Angelina has started school. I missed my little partner! These days are going to allow me to concentrate a little more on my art so thats a plus, but I enjoy doing it with my girl. Never mind, we have all weekend together. Something inspired by the influences of my day. :-)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Illustration Friday - Beginner

Wow, I have noticed my own absence, I have been missing my blog. I have been back at work after  a mini holiday over Easter and I'm just not in my groove yet.
This is my entry for "beginner", she is new to gardening and has found it to be very rewarding... I decided I liked the cockatoo as well ( he initially came up in an earlier illustration) so he came too.
Prior to this I had a tight rope walker I had illustrated as I think that must be one of the hardest jobs out there to start off in, even with safety nets or only a few feet off the ground it would still be very daunting... but I didn't like him much so the little girl came to greet you instead.