Picture Book Marathon- Day 4 & Illustration Friday

I'm combining two posts in one today. I haven't participated in illustration Friday for a while and I decided to work it in with today's picture book. The theme for Illustration Friday is "Surrender." So surrender to your inner child and enjoy the simple things in life, like riding a bike.

The picture book idea I had is called, "Summer Cycle," about a little girl and all the adventures she has one summer on her first bike.

I did a little different style today. A sketch, a dab of digital watercolor, and then layers of paper textures and designs. I think I want to do more of it.


  1. Your illustration is so pretty and joyfull, I love the soft colours and the innocenc of it.
    Greetings from Germany

  2. Wow. You just made me have that feeling I used to get when I watched The Wonder Years as a kid - a nostalgia for a pasts that wasn't mine. Way to go!

    Also, great technique on the finishing. It's pretty.

  3. Thank you both. I just have to find out what the copyright laws are on using paper with designs on it.

  4. Love watching your video!! SO nice~

  5. You've expressed that wonderful feeling of freedom and joy that comes with a child's first bike. It's wonderful!

  6. Wonderful! I like that she's packed all of her stuff for a grand adventure!

  7. Nice work Julie. Enchanting ;o)

  8. great illo - good luck with your marathon!


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I'm a freelance illustrator working in the children's book industry. I love kids and raising my own 4 children. They are the inspiration and the passion behind all I do in art and in life. See my website at JulieOlsonbooks.com

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