As I started reading through the ‘Illustration 1’ coursework, I stopped at “you could imagine you’ve landed from another planet, what are your immediate observations?”

I teach 5 year olds. It reminded me of a role-play activity we sometimes do in class. Only instead, we pretend to go to the moon and afterwards discuss what we’ve ‘seen’ or ‘experienced’ there and how it made us feel.

We start off by singing a song about going to the moon and then act it out. The children love it. Especially when the ‘aliens’ chase us back to the ‘rocket ship’. It is a classroom activity that guarantees lots of excitement and laughter.

I thought it would be fun trying to create some doodles as a visual representation of our imaginative play. It is also an example of the kind of activities I engage in daily… Refering to ‘my every day’.

The Process:

I enjoyed experimenting using acrylic paint to create the night sky and moon backgrounds. I loved using the different objects to produce a textured effect.

I made a rocket using shiny silver card and decided to attach it with a ribbon so that it can ‘fly’.

I decided to incorporate lined paper instead of drawing a classroom scene, so that it looks like the Rocket is flying off the page.

The characters were drawn using pen and coloured-in using promarkers.

Thought process on paper:

I added a little alien at the end who managed to sneak onto the rocket ship. I thought it would be cute & funny.


I think using a different font style would have improved the visual effect. I will have to research and try different styles in the future.

My ‘alien’ – characters look like insects.. Might need to work on that. 

I Could also have added more: characters; detail or a ‘problem’ to be solved, in order to turn it into a story.

As I’m used to making classroom resources, I find it hard to resist laminating some of the parts to put in my sketchbook.

I don’t like the way the paper looks after I’ve glued it into the sketchbook.

NAME: Juanita du Toit


COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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