In April I tried to follow through with an Instragam “draw in your style” type drawing. Draw in your style is where an artist shares a drawing and others follow along by either drawing it in their style or try to draw it the way the artist drew (which is how I did it). I managed to sketch the drawing but it wasn’t until late May that I was able to color it. Originally, I was going to paint in Photoshop but I’m really stiff with digital painting so I decided to just watecolor. Maybe another time.
Here’s mine next to the original piece by the original artist.
I used mainly the Daniel Smith watercolors I added to the Schmincke set.
I hope to do more of these. They really help me practice my drawing and painting.
A watercolor from a reference sketch.
This was the watercolor set I used. The Shmincke Academie was a holiday set from a year ago. I ordered it through Ebay but then realized the same set was also sold on Etsy by the same person (Etsy is my preferred place to buy internationally…I just maneuver the site a lot smoother). I would love the new 125th anniversary Schmincke Horadam set but I’m not anywhere near professional, so maybe some day. I added the few paints I purchased by Daniel Smith and Windsor & Newton’s Cotman to the set. The Daniel Smith is pricey but I love how smooth it goes on paper and how well it blends. Not pictured but I also used a Micron fine liner in .05 to darken her eyebrows, eyes, and nose, and a white pen for the light in her eyes.
A couple of exciting things I’ve been up to. I like my old watercolor sets but wanted to try something a little more pricey to compare. I bought this Kuretake watercolor set and I’m really excited to get started on it. I’ll share swatches once I find the courage to actually use it. It’s so pretty, I’m nervous.
While I’m trying to build up courage to use the watercolor I decided to learn how to knit. I’m taking the class through Skillshare but I also found some really awesome tutorials on Youtube. I find that sometimes I have to combine different platforms of learning to get to my goal. The resources I will use are: Youtube, online paid classes, books, and magazines.
This is the last week of my watercolor class and this is what I painted:
This was a very short course but the knowledge I learned will help further with working with ink pens and watercolor.
The watercolor started a couple of weeks ago. This is a 4 weeks course so it’s almost over and I can’t believe it! I want more. More watercoloring tutorials, that is. Here’s what I’ve done so far.
Week 1 – supplies…mostly ink pen scribbles.
Week 2 – practice shading
Week 3 – draw with ink pens (no erasing!) and watercolor