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Drawing every day for a year

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Drawn in January 2014

Drawn in January 2013

As part of making Piggy and Puggy: Year 1 into a book, I’m redrawing some of the first illustrations. All improvements (or changes) in my drawing style last year happened gradually over the course of 330 drawings so I didn’t noticed them much, especially since I aimed to make the pictures as diverse as possible. Now that I’ve gone back and done a fairly similar illustration, the difference is just incredible… I’m more motivated than ever to keep practicing!


  1. It is an amazing feeling to look back at what you have done one year later and realise how much you have grown after going at it day in day out. Great achievement!

    And its a joy for us readers! Thank you for the awesome storyline in 2013 and I look forward to the new arc for Piggy and Puggy 2014! šŸ˜€

    • Thanks, it’s been so great having you as a reader šŸ™‚ I hope you’ll enjoy the story arc for 2014 ā€“ it’s a bit different, with a few more characters, but made with just as much love, if not more šŸ™‚

  2. I have to say I like both illustrations! While 2014 is improved (in some ways) the 2013 has a nice sensibility. I like both the old and new. You have grown and can now do either drawing – that is nice a skill developed before our eyes!!

    Maybe I shouldn’t tag onto your success, but I did post every day in 2013 – which was a goal . . . a goal I met. I think we kind of went through the year together (again, that is too much – but I like to think about it that way). I admire and respect what you did – love everything about your blog and two trotters up for your main characters!

    Good luck in all you do in the future!
    Hi Ho,
    Your friend, Elephant!

    • I’m glad both illustrations tickled your fancy. Such a disparity of style is OK for a blog format, but I suspect wouldn’t go down well with someone who’s never seen the blog and was looking at an e-book for the first time…

      I’m sorry it took me so long, but I’ve been meaning to congratulate you ā€“ it’s not easy posting each day so: well done for making it in 2013! What about 2014? Have you set any goals for this year?

      I’ve always been curious: where do you find such wonderful, old fairytale illustrations? Perhaps you wrote this at some point and I just missed it. I saw references to books and works, but I was wondering where you found them in their electronic form. Anyhow, I enjoyed seeing your posts, and they encouraged me to keep up my (almost) daily posting regime.

      Well, snort for now!

      • Yes, if there was a disparity in your work from page to page in an ebook . . . that wouldn’t work well. I was commenting on liking the style both then and now. I enjoyed every post, and the style, while it evolved, was always a delight!

        Thank you about the daily posting. I need a 2014 goal and I haven’t made one! I am working on other things, but I miss it.

        Regarding the images I post, they are all from books I own, scan and restore (as best I can) in PhotoShop. I have not posted anything I acquired in electronic form. It would be easy to post forever from available images, but I like to breath a bit of life back into these old faded book illustrations. I may not do a perfect job, but I do try in my way.

        Thank you for all your support and kindness. You gave me my first award and that inspired me. Nice!

        My Best,

      • Oh, wow, I wish I’d asked earlier about how you got the images! That’s very impressive. I thought the colours looked too good to be just scans, but also I was surprised at the diversity of your collection because I didn’t think one could find it online easily.

        I don’t remember seeing it written on your website how you restore these images. If it indeed isn’t, then saying it somewhere conspicuous might allow more people to appreciate your work and the images in a way they wouldn’t do otherwise! Of course, that’s just a suggestion… maybe everybody else already knew it, and I was the only one in the dark.

      • What a nice comment – I just found it! Thank you for seeing!! You are right I should say something more about the images. I don’t have time just now for my posts, and I miss the pleasure of working on the images. Funny when you go dormant, you still have busy days with views! I will look forward to catching up with your blog as soon as time allows – you know how much I enjoy your posts – always a big fan.


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