Last Friday night, I went to the ‘Garden of Lights’ exhibition which was held at a park in the city. There were a lot of different light displays.

The ‘dancing fountain’ was my favourite, especially with the combination of blue, purple and turquoise lights. It was stunning.

I got my inspiration from some of the characters who were on display, the ‘balloon’ and ‘peacock’ characters.


I created doodles of the characters using black micron pen on paper. I decided to incorporate some of the photographs I took on the night.

I used one of the photographs of the fountains, by cutting it out and using it as background for the ‘balloon girl’ – doodle. I cut out the doodle character, then glue and stuck it on the fountain background. I used silver card for the balloon. I decorated the dress and crown using a ‘cottonbud’ to apply silver sakura poster paint dots.

For the ‘peacock’ – doodle, I filled in the background using a tiny brush and silver sakura poster paint. I added little mirror circles using glue. Then I used cotton buds to apply dots of different shades of blue around it.


I enjoyed incorporating the little mirrors and my photographs into my doodles. I think for this activity, the cottonbud was a better tool to use than a paintbrush.

I love how some of the rocks from my crystal collection matched the colours from the light exhibition.

NAME: Juanita du Toit


COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

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

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