I’ve been working through this illustration series on my Instagram account ( @whimsicalillustration ) and thought it might be super fun to share it with you here. I’ve not yet finished the series (more to come so be sure to follow on Instagram) but I’ve been doing portraits of famous historical women in a manga illustrated style. My first gal was Emelia Earhart – the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic – no small feat in her day! –>
Couldn’t resist drawing Jane Austen next, she is one of my favourite authors and if you’ve never read her books it’s high time you did!
Joan of Arc – divinely inspired warrior – heroine of France – martyred Saint. (You can read all about her on Wikipedia 😉). I was fascinated by her story when I was a kid – especially because she lead armies of men when she was only a teenager! (Pssst… I have no idea if she had blonde hair and blue eyes – I just made that up – I know, I know not very historically accurate. 😅)
Okay, so maybe not the most inspirational woman in history but definitely very memorable – Marie Antoinette! “Let them eat cake.”
Queen Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen! Ruled unmarried for 44 years in an era when many Kings could not keep their thrones! (Pssst… This was the Elizabethan Era – Shakespeare’s day!)
Sacagawea – strong inspirational woman! She traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean as a guide for Lewis and Clark. Along the way making cultural connections and researching natural history.
Shared this first on my Mish Mash Art blog but thought you might enjoy seeing it here as well. Was feeling a little under the weather last week so to pass the hours on the couch I did some illustration practice. Still working on finding my own true, comfortable illustration style and medium. Hope you are all having a lovely summer weekend!
Author – Trina Ayling
Trina lives in Cranbrook, BC with her husband and two boys. She is presently a trustee for School District 5. Miss Emily Goes to Bat is the first in a series of books that Trina is writing for Whimsical Publishing with the theme that every child is unique and special in his or her own way.
Two of Micheline’s paintings hang in my dining room. My first acquisition hangs on my feature wall and was painted by Mich especially for my fortieth birthday. The second –and equally treasured painting—is a simple ladder leaning against a stone wall.
Both paintings are large, bold and imaginative and they suit my living space and my personality perfectly. But lately I’ve been admiring much smaller and quite different yet equally impressive works of art by Mich and wondering “aren’t they just as worthy of framing”? I’m referring of course to Mich’s amazing illustrations for our Miss Emily Goes to Bat children’s book.
Colourful, animated and well, yes…just a bit whimsical, these illustrations are so delightful I just couldn’t imagine confining them strictly to the pages of our story. And so I decided we wouldn’t. 🙂
Instead, Mich and I decided to offer up a contest to all of the wonderful teachers, librarians and booksellers who’ve opened up their classrooms, story-times and bookshelves to Miss Emily with the chance to win a signed, framed and numbered print of Miss Emily Goes to Bat.
We invited everyone who supported our Kootenay Child Development Fundraiser by hosting a reading to review our book for a chance to enter the draw. On Wednesday my son (and loveable story character), Thom, drew Marysville’s grade two elementary teacher Mrs. Josie Hammond as our winner. Congratulations Mrs. Hammond, and thanks for entering!
We’ve posted her review –along with a few other favourites—on our blog under the “News & Reviews” section. We had so much fun doing this contest that we’d love to do another one in the near future. If anyone has an idea for a fun and creative contest, we’d love to hear from you! Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next person to sport a signed, numbered Miss Emily print as part of your art collection…
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