Illustration Process – Under the Same Sky

September 04, 2019 | Illustration Author:

I love reflecting on the whole process of a book. Especially when I go back to some of my very first sketches. The evolution of illustrations can happen quite quickly but generally take many, many sketches to finally get the …

Hide and Seek with Grandpa – Illustration Process

July 22, 2019 | Illustration Author:


Here is a bit of insight into to how I illustrated picture book Hide and Seek with Grandpa. (Written by Ed Allen, Published by Scholastic Australia, 2018)…

Illustration Process – At the end of Holyrood Lane

January 23, 2019 | Illustration Author:

Where do I start?
For this book (At the end of Holyrood Lane) I began with sticky notes to create my initial thumbnails. Due to my full life, I set up a folder that I would take with me everywhere …

The Fix-It Man – My Illustration Process

February 27, 2017 | Announcement, Illustration Author:



The moment I read Dimity’s manuscript I was connected. The visuals of the characters, scenes and sub-stories came with such ease that my initial concept roughs were almost completed before the contracts had actually been signed!…

52 Week Illustration Challenge 2016

October 28, 2016 | 52 Week Illustration Challenge, Illustration Author:

Due to my rather busy book illustrating schedule, I haven’t been able to keep up with doing all of the weekly themes for 52-Week Illustration Challenge….

Here are some of the pieces I have managed this year!…

52 Week Illustration Challenge 2016 – March

April 07, 2016 | 52 Week Illustration Challenge, Illustration Author:

I am more than halfway through illustrating my next children’s book written by Dimity Powell – it is so wonderful and I am absolutely loving doing these illustrations. However, it means my illustrations for the Challenge are being sacrificed a …

52 Week Illustration Challenge 2016 – February

March 10, 2016 | 52 Week Illustration Challenge, Illustration Author:

It seems the busier I am the more illustrations I can get done!

Here are my illustrations for February 2016!…

Nicky Johnston

Nicky is a children's book author and illustrator. She is the creative director of 52-week Illustration Challenge, inspiring others to connect with their creative souls.

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