I thought I’d show you the process I went through in creating my header illustration. As a self-confessed perfectionist, doing illustrations like this is very liberating for me. By their very nature they’re not sophisticated or detailed or over-thought. I can do them quickly with a pencil on a scrap of paper and then scan them into Photoshop to do the colouring in using the ‘paint can’/fill function to block-in areas of colour. I love how the colour immediately brings the drawings to life.
The chicken is McKenna, one of my favourite chooks (or “chookens” as I prefer), named after the 1969 Western MacKenna’s Gold (Which I’ve just discovered is actually spelt differently from how we’ve been spelling our chicken’s name. Oh well, she’s got used to it now, I couldn’t possibly change it!)