I've been giving myself some "assignments" to hone my illustration skills. I like to take a look at major headlines for publications like the New York Times, grab something that looks interesting, and get to work!
Here's what I came up with:
"Donald Trump to Visit Mexico After More Than a Year of Mocking It."
This one is:
"The Veggie Burger's Ascent"
And my last one:
"Seek a 'Happy Gut' for Better Health"
I didn't want to think too long and hard about each one, nor redo it, since the point is to practice, not perfect. I skimmed the headlines, saw one that I liked, or sparked some creativity within me, and went to work. I started out with each one as a loose sketch, and then moved to the watercolour block. I like the colours I'm choosing these days. I want to keep my palette simple and sophisticated, so my designs can stand out. I went a big crazy beforehand, using some hot pinks and the like. I'm realising that a well-place vermillion does the job nicely.
I would encourage anyone interested in practicing their illustration skills to try this! Skim through a news website for ideas. You don't have to read the entire article (or like me, read anything at all!)