Illustrating for children

I have a lot of projects happening at once at the moment. From a novel to multiple children’s board books and a pile of short stories I want to finish and submit for competitions.

So when I’m overwhelmed I find that drawing is the thing that calms me down and reduces my stress and worry.

This weekend I challenged myself to create some artwork for children using the kawaii style that I love.

My first idea was to create a block of 9 images of a star character with different facial expressions. Sounds easy but actually you need to think about more than just a smile or a frown. There’s shading, mouth expression, eyes, eyebrows. Lots to think about. I’ve exported my work and a copy is here for you to see.

During my research for the stars I saw lots of kid friendly kawaii planet drawings that I loved, so I’ve drawn my own planets and stars as another set of 9.

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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