Daily creative pursuits

Character Lighting final

colour version

Overall pretty happy with the final illustration, I loved using the texture brushes..defiantly will need to be doing this more.


Character lighting

Working on my lighting...not as easy as I thought it was going to be..great exercise to understand the contours of your characters face and body. I have dabbled a bit in 3D animation which I think helps a bit ..think I need to loosen up more..the last two were finished in less time than the first two and I like them better..I'll keep going...


Character Design

So I've been immersing myself in character design.

I've had this little girl character in my head and on paper over so many years.

Recently I've been looking at the beautiful concept art of Elena and Olivia, they are sisters, twins to be precise and are production designers at Dreamworks. Inspired by their digital art I downloaded some brushes and played around with some expressions and new look for my character..HELGA, a big name for a pint sized 8 year old.

Early days..so stay tuned!


rough character design sketches






Up Skilling

I've been using Flash from its beginning to now where it is known as Adobe Animate..I used to do a little coding with it and even made my own website..sadly no longer up..but mostly used for animation and production design.

Being a curious type and always wanting to know how things work, I've enrolled in a "few" online classes to learn a few new things.

After Effects is one program I've always wanted to know about..still early days with this program but I'm realising just how powerful this thing is.

To use this program well is going to take sometime, the timeline is a little frustrating..adding keys is not very intuitive, like in flash,  but I guess that's just something I have to learn.


 This is my Illustrator file, everything is on its own layer.

Here is the file imported into After Effects, paper textures and tints have been applied to all the layers.

Here is a camera view of the separated layers and the lighting.

Next to animate the scene!






Water Colour Little Faces

Pushing myself to practice, practice with water colours..drawing the faces first in pencil and using them as inspiration for the water colours, just using the brush!! Scary but learned so long as I keep loose It goes ok!

pencil sketches of little faces

pen sketches of little faces

water colour sketches of little faces



Cyclosa Design By Nature / Sarah Schmidt

Maddy Rayward / Designer/writer/maker

Janelle Walker / Designer/photographer



 self portrait







Grace Garton is an artist based in Hobart, Tasmania.

After graduating in bachelor of visual arts at City Art Institute, Sydney in 1985, she took up as an assistant animator at Hana Barbera in Sydney. Between 1987 and 2016 Grace has worked for many animation studios around Australia and worked as a freelance illustrator for studios and individuals overseas.

Since 2006 Grace started her own small business making and selling her art and dolls and exhibiting her paintings and fabric sculptures. Her work has sold all over the world and has been published in several magazines.

Grace is currently a resident artist at Salamanca Art's Centre, she teaches art  and watercolour classes to children and adults at Nolan School of Art.

Her work can be found at the Nolan Gallery and Despard Gallery.

Contact: grace.h.garton@gmail.com


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 August, Lightbox Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, Miss Garton's Home For Whimsical Dolls

2018 October, Lightbox Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, Wrestlers Wrestling In Boxes

2018 August, Studio Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, A Tale Or Two From Pontville

2012 April, Rebecca Roth, SalamancaArt's Centre, ‘Boys Own’ series

2011, September, Rebecca Roth, Salamanca Art's Centre, ‘Childhood Memories’ series

2011 June. Rebecca Roth, Salamanca Art's Centre, ‘Enchanted Forest Series’

1998 Corner Hotel, Melbourne, paper collage


Selected Exhibitions

2019: June, Nolan Art Gallery, Don't Blink

2018 Nolan Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, Nectar

2018 Studio Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, 40 x 40 Exhibition

2012 Catz Pyjamas Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne

2012 Feather Your Nest Exhibition, Gleaners Inc, Brunswick, Melbourne

2011 Winter Brooch Exhibition, Salamanca, Hobart, Rebecca Roth

2010 Rainy Days exhibition, Cube art & Design, Tasmania

2010 Dragonfly gallery, Hurstbridge, Victoria

2010 SJS Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Sojna Gallery, Tasmania

2001 Customs House Gallery, Melbourne

1992 Flora and Fauna Art Exhibition, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden

1992 Bett Gallery, Tasmanian Naive Art Exhibition, Hobart

1981 Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Sydney

1991 Battery Point Art Gallery, Tasmania


Private collections, Australia, United Kingdom, Wales, Spain, France, USA, Netherlands