In Progress: A New Illustration


I sketched this little koala illustration a couple of months ago, and recently decided that it’s about time for him to come to life with a bit of color. Before that happens though, I thought I’d show you a little peek at how he looks in his rough sketch form.


When I first started sketching, I only knew that I wanted to draw a koala. I always start my animal illustrations with the head…and by the time I got down to his torso I decided that he needed to be sitting on something. Bike…nope (already have a bicycle illustration), chair (too stationary)…and then a rocking horse popped into my head (maybe a bit random, but cute). Since he’s from Down Under he’s enticing the horse with a fresh eucalyptus sprig of course. I’m still undecided about whether he needs a cowboy hat or not. What do you think?


So now I’m off to work on the final step…digitally coloring the piece in Photoshop (the longest portion of the whole illustration process). I’ll be sure share when he’s complete! I’m pretty sure that he’ll be making an appearance in my shop too! xo Ez

Update: Thanks Aussie friends for chiming in to let me know about my koala “bear” fauxpas. I will certainly be sure to leave “bear” out of his name in the future. I appreciate you catching that slip for me! xo

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  1. Kylie @ All Things Lovely / / Reply

    Gorgeous illustration but please no cowboy hat! :) We don’t wear them in Australia, and like Danielle said it would be an akubra. But his little head is cute & furry as is. Love all your illustrations.

  2. Leanne / / Reply

    Oh he is lovely but he is actually a koala not a koala bear. I love his eucalyptus leaves. A cork hat to swish away the flies would be helpful but I do love him as is. It’s wonderful to see your WIP

  3. Gemma / / Reply

    Argh… A cork hat would not be cool, waaaay to “stereotypical” Aussie. Yuck! A cowboy hat would be loads cuter. Koalas ARE fondly called drop bears, even if that’s not technically correct, as they drop out trees and maul tourists (surprising, never local Australians) ;)))

  4. Bev LoPinto / / Reply

    I love this sweet and adorable illustration. I would leave it plain or have the hat and a bandana around the bear or horses neck to complete the cowboy theme. What do you think?

  5. Jamie / / Reply

    If you want to be more Australian, maybe he should be on a rocking kangaroo ;)

  6. Catherine A / / Reply

    If you haven’t picked out a name… Yoshi might be fun. Inspired by my husband (it’s his name), he looks like a koala. :)

  7. Jules / / Reply

    Please no hat – he is so cute as it I just cannot wait to buy something (anything!) featuring this gorgeous koala. I am thinking it might be a good Christmas present for my 8 month old Australian grandson :)

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