Jill Robb Imagery. Editorial illustrator, Artist and Designer
Quirky, fun imagery inspired by nature, imagination and play
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An illustrated look at my pursuit of illustration...

My 10,000-hour journey of illustration began in photography, pixels were morphed into digital art, expanded via pigments in traditional Arts and Graphic design to build and hone the skills required for my imagery creation and layout design. 

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Crystals and Fairies; an illustrator study and catch up
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These patient little fairies have been waiting in my sketchbook for around 3 months until I could do more illustrator studies to add to as illustrator diary posts.

Alas, I have been busy with a lot of projects and my other sketchbooks have jumped the cue.
One project was to photograph these gorgeous crystals for a fun a new book ‘My Crystal Chronicle’ by Olive Moss, being released in few weeks…

So it’s definitely time these Fairies get out for a bit of a play! and you know they like crystals right? We hope you do too.

There is a little room coming up in my schedule so I will add more illustrator diary posts soon, I hope to study Lizbeth Zwerger, thankyou to Manelle @ Tales fantastic for the recommendation in her great Fairytale video, Many thanks.

Have fun ;)

Swatching the long way, the turtle can win.

My traditional illustration tools

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Some people would say I am a little traditional- especially with my love of traditional Art media, and holding a good old fashioned Book or shiny magazine in your hands and turning the pages.

However, I do also love the Digital world- carrying a treasure trove in a pocket- is amazing.

But when it comes to creating- being a visual person I am hugely inspired by what I see. I am one of those messy creators with all my tools in front of me where I can see them and know instantly that I need to use that one for doing that little thing -and for that line use that colour -and that brush in that way.

Working with many different traditional media- like ink, watercolour, pastel, gouache, pencil.
Over the years I have discovered that using swatches in my work process is invaluable and instantly inspires the best tool, saving a huge amount of time trying to think! -, I can just get on with creating imagery instead of choices like ‘that Phthalo blue is too cool I should use a flat brush and add a little … and then with a pen, but which nib? …. pfft I’m exhausted just writing about thinking about that.

These are my most used swatches for my favourite art materials, and a few more I am making to use to help design my books.
Swatching out takes time and can feel monotonous, however, it really is an investment in my imagery process, it helps maintain flow, streamlines the process and saves time spent unnecessarily thinking (bonus), which when creating can result in analysis paralysis.

Whenever I look at an image and get that familiar feeling of - ‘it needs…something..’ this can be answered by flipping through my swatches. I’m not sure if it is the colours, the line- the energy of the strokes, the page layout - a memory thought while I was doing them- but a sweet angel of an idea often bursts out indicating ‘this one- this way’ and if it doesn’t,
that moment is meant for other inspirations (cuppa / nature/ walk).

Sumi-e Art Story - Human Energy

My personal project, ‘Human energy’- is a series I have been working on for a while now, and I’m very excited that it will be released by Nooobooks publishing imprint very soon as a Sumi-e art story.

The artworks were an evaluation of a feeling or human energy and an exploration of it in spontaneous ink painting, each piece being titled with the mood. Some being love, dance and life.
Upon reflection of the series the titles became a story and now the story has become a book.

Sort of like an ‘art picture book’ an illustrated short story.

While brush hand lettering the text for this book I released that it was these tools- (Sumi and fudé) which began my exploration of traditional art techniques, which I found much more satisfying than a pixel or vector line.

While I don't do Manga style art, I fell in love with the tools - the inks- nibs- fudé - and Chinese calligraphy brushes, and use them regularly in much of my imagery, while I chase the making of the perfect mark.

I re-lived how frustrating it can be trying to get the perfect line - which is very obvious when painting letters with fudé. Push on, push through the self doubt wobbling your lines with it’s energy, and try to remember it’s a worthwhile chase to find the right balance of perfect and imperfect touch.

ISBN-13: 978-0-6484962-0-5

***UPDATE*** Human Energy is now available, click on ISBN or image for link to purchase on Amazon.