I’ve participated in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search for 3 years now – 2018, 2016 and 2015. There was no 2017 one for some reason? Its a contest that you pay for, kudos to Lilla for being an amazing business-woman, she must certainly be raking in the dollar signs! I participate because I want to force myself to do a ‘finished’ illustration, I want to practice ‘real’ projects and I want to add to my portfolio (what portfolio – note, must make portfolio)!

The contest consists of several stages, I’ve never been past the first stage but with 3000+ participants I’m not upset about that! My entry this year is below. The stipulations were: Gardener’s Journal, with lettering, Japanese Anemones (ahem, anemones are my favourite flower), staghorn ferns and the colour greige.

I loved this gardener’s quote I found and just went to town experimenting with different lettering styles (I take the opportunity to play just as much as I do to design… perhaps this mixed lettering wasn’t the best choice for a real project but it was fun for me to do).

I added a ‘sale’ tag that would slip on the corner of the book so that I could show a face illustration – characters, figures and faces help show you have that ability.

The staghorn ferns were added as a background pattern along with a watercolour effect and you guessed it – doodle time for the anemones. My ‘style’ is represented here I feel because I always want to have:

  • black and white in contrast
  • doodle details, preferably where the doodles make up the shading of an illustration as opposed to simple cell-shading, blended shading or some form of cross-hatching
  • loose watercolour backgrounds

Gardeners Handbook Global Talent Search Lilla Rogers

And just to take a trip down memory lane, here are

my entries from previous years:





Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. ¬†She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Global Talent Search 2018 was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by Kim Debling