For over a year now I've been working on my style, taking online classes on Skillshare and even taking part in Creative Bug's 30 day drawing challenge. The 52-week illustration challenge has also been another avenue for working from prompts. Little did I realise it back then, but my challenge pieces would provide me with … Continue reading A pattern-making journey!
I love painting pet portraits. It all started when I bought some alcohol markers and wanted to see what I could do with them. I bought a sketchbook with thick, smooth paper in it and drew a portrait of my cat Monty: I was thrilled with the result, and I became addicted to it! I … Continue reading Painting custom commissioned pet portraits… my process!
Most artists will head to their local art shops to search for art supplies, or maybe even look for bargain second-hand items on eBay. However, I have a few other tricks up my sleeve when it comes to getting bargainous and quality art supplies - antiques shops and charity shops/boot sales! When I was on … Continue reading Vintage art supplies – setting up a vintage watercolour palette…
This week I've been designing some illustrations for greeting cards to give to my friends. I thought you might like to have a little insight into my process... STEP 1: Sketch out the designs. The first one was a "congratulations" on news of having a baby, so I designed a little cat family. The other card was … Continue reading Designing illustrations for greeting cards
Recently, I decided to try out the Platinum Fude brush pen! I was curious to see how it compared to the Pentel brush pen. Here's what I thought of it! It's a lovely looking pen and comes in attractive packaging. A cartridge is included, but this is the only one - there is not one … Continue reading Fude brush pen versus Pentel brush pen!
I've just returned from a holiday in Wales and felt it was a great time to share with you what art supplies I take with me when I go away, as well as some of the sketching I did while I was there. My travel art kit consisted of: Moleskine watercolour sketchbook Filofax folio with … Continue reading My travel art kit & holiday sketches
This week I am trying out one of my new handmade watercolour sketchbooks that I recently made... I made it myself (and several other smaller sketchbooks) using large sheets of watercolour paper from my local art shop. In total the two sheets - one Bockingford 190 gsm and one Saunders Waterford 300 gsm - cost … Continue reading Painting in my handmade watercolour sketchbook with White Nights watercolours!
This week I was excited to try out the J. Herbin rollerball pen. To do so I did some tropical-inspired drawings and painted them with my Prima Marketing tropicals watercolour set. You may have seen me using the J. Herbin fountain pen in one of my previous videos. This week, the rollerball came back into … Continue reading Trying out the J. Herbin rollerball pen & Prima Marketing Tropicals
This week the theme for the 52 week illustration challenge was "BIRTHDAY". I had wanted to play around with making pastel shades with watercolours, so decided this was the perfect theme for it: a "pastel party". To create the image I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolours watered down to create pastel shades, and then … Continue reading Let’s doodle a pastel party! How to make pastel shades with watercolours…
This week was all about animals for me! Why? Well, of course I love animals and it's fun, but my main reason for focusing on animals this week was because of the 52-week illustration challenge. It's a friendly group on Facebook who post a prompt each week of the year, and anyone can submit a response … Continue reading Illustrating zoo animals for the 52-week illustration challenge!