Well, I have filled another sketchbook. I started this one back in February when I was driving to Las Vegas with my sisters, mom, aunt and cousin to see the Backstreet Boys show. It has been another good one to look through because I am gradually getting more and more comfortable using traditional media when making art.
I am starting to notice patterns that I used while working digitally, which is really exciting. I feel like that indicates a certain level of comfort with my new tools.
Surprisingly I have found myself really enjoying colored pencils, especially layered over my favorite medium of gouache and watercolors.
Here are a few drawings I have completed recently that I really enjoy looking at. Some are from my sketchbook.
This is one of my favorite pages ever. I love working with gouache so much and the exaggerated anatomy on the pumpkin-headed skate girl was really delightful. And the metallic paint I used on the glasses for my goofy self-portrait was pretty satisfying to look at.
This scene isn’t anything glorious. In fact, there are a lot of things I really dislike about it. But I chose to highlight it because this is an example of me really pushing myself. A full page illustration in my sketchbook is rare and this one consists of a lot of colors and composition that I am very uncomfortable with. It is not a very good example of perspective or landscape illustration, but it was very fun to draw and I learned a bit from doing it.
Drawing Prompt Pages
A couple years ago, my thoughtful sister-in-law gave me this really cute “300 Drawing Prompts” sketchbook. I have doodled in it a few times, but as a whole, the thing basically intimidated me to death. I would open up to a random page, look at the prompts and shrivel up. SO MANY THINGS I HAD NEVER EVEN CONSIDERED DRAWING.
But this weekend, during General Conference, I decided I could use the challenge and pulled it out. How entertaining! I can’t wait to do more of these prompts. These were drawn entirely with colored pencils.
Last Page Pumpkins
I had to include this illustration because it is the very last page in this sketchbook and it made me feel really good to end on a happy note. This one was copic markers with colored pencils which was a combination I hadn’t really experimented much with.
I know not everybody is interested in the technical information and the details about supplies used. And I hope to not be so focused on that in the future. However, at this time it is a really big part of finding my “new” identity as an artist. I am in a place I never ever imagined I could be and it’s exciting.
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read my humble blog.