I always have multiple sketchbooks on hand to work in. I like a multimedia sketchbook that can handle watercolor and has a nice smooth surface for ink sketching too.
I’m still enjoying painting figures in watercolor and trying to remember that less is more.
Figure painting is a great way to warm up and explore.
I pulled out my ink brush pen not knowing what I wanted to sketch. I thought about the fun shapes the pen makes and started to experiment with flower centers. I kept playing and created this nice floral. I love the contrast in this sketch.
Sometimes you have to just jump in and sketch. If you don’t like it you can always turn the page and try something else. It’s a sketchbook after all and there are no rules. 😊
In this poppy painting there was a lot of experimenting with leaves and seed heads. The painting could use some darker colors. Maybe I will explore this further in another painting on heavier watercolor paper.
I hope you enjoyed this quick trip through my sketchbook. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
Today I have a few more #Inktober sketches to share as well as a few mini landscapes.
Hope your day is wonderful! 💚
I really enjoy sketching potted plants. For this sketch I used a few micron pens. I have a variety of sizes and colors in my collection. 😉 I decided to use sepia and burnt orange colors for this one.
This sketch I started with a few light pencil marks as a guide for the leaves and vines. It was fun to play and see what kind of shapes I could make with the pen.
When I attempted to remove the pencil markings with an eraser things started to go a little sideways… the ink smeared on me. Oh well that’s how it goes sometimes.
I worked on a few more mini landscapes in my 5 x 7 inch sketchbook. This one above was a quick five minute painting. I love the freshness you can achieve with when there’s no time for fussing.
I spent a few more minutes on this mini. These little landscapes are a nice warm up and a great way to build painting skills. I hope theses little paintings also lead to new ideas. I’m thinking about filling an entire sketchbook with more of these quick paintings.
I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.
Today I have a few ink sketches to share with you. My sketching time has been limited this month but I was able to find a little time to play in my sketchbook.
A little botanical sketch using my Pentel pocket brush pen. It’s been a very long time since I’ve used this pen and I’m not sure why. I love this pen!
A quick little floral playing with patterns on the flower petals.
Magnolia sketch playing with the brush pen
This sketch was done a little before October. I was really exploring what I could do with the long lost brush pen. 😊 I like that you can make delicate marks and fine lines as well as large bold stokes using this pen.
I hope you are inspired to create and have fun. Just grab a sketchbook, pen, and see what happens!
It’s been a while since I opened up my sketchbook for you. Today I have a variety of sketches made using pens and markers.
It’s been challenging getting nice photos of different pages in my sketchbook. It always seems to be either too bright or too dark when I’m taking photos of my artwork in winter… 🙂
I layered tiny flowers and vines in this sketch using both Tombow markers and Micron pens. The little unexpected blue leaves and flowers make me happy.
A practice page of flowers and leaves. I love how this little sampler turned out. It was a good way to try different colors together and see what works. Most importantly, it was fun and very relaxing.
A simple little bird sketch found its way into my sketchbook. I think I’m going to start adding more birds in my sketchbook.
Tulips with marker pens. I love how the stripes of different green markers look on the leaves. I played around using the large and small tip of the markers. Parts of this sketch I really like and other parts not so much but this is a sketch and it’s important to explore and try different things.
This was an in progress piece. While prepping the photo for this post, I accidentally rotated it to the left and now it feels complete. In my sketchbook the top of the page has the three magenta vines on top. I really like it better with them on the left as you see here.
I’m going to have to remember to try this with my paintings as well. Sometimes simply changing the orientation can make all the difference.
I hope you enjoyed this walk through my sketchbook. I encourage you to play and have fun sketching. I really need to remember to do more of this myself.
Let’s take a stroll through my sketchbook today and I’ll show you a few of my recent #Inktober sketches.
Happy Thursday, friends! 💚
There are sketching prompts for each day of the month. Many people like to use the daily prompts but I like to sketch whatever inspires me at the moment.
Floral pattern play
This was the first page in my new sketchbook. I didn’t know what to sketch so I decided to just play and see what happened. I love this type of sketching because it often helps me develop ideas that I can use in future sketches or paintings.
I worked on a quirky cityscape in my small sketchbook. Something very different for me but kind of fun.
One more flower to finish off our tour.
I hope you grab a pen and some paper and join in on the sketching fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.
I painted the base for an undersea sketch last month. I finally got around to adding more life to it with some ink sketching. Hope you enjoy seeing my progress.
Sometimes I need to leave a painting on my desk for a while and return to it later when the time is right.
This is a close up view as I started my sketch. I usually work on the ink detail over a few evenings. That way I’m not rushed and can enjoy the process. It also gives me an opportunity to step back and make decisions about where go next.
At this point, it was starting to feel more complete but not quite there yet.
Undersea – watercolor and ink sketch on 7 x 10 inch mixed media paper
After adding more leaves and other details below, I decided to call it finished. I wish I had used my larger mixed media sketchbook. Hopefully I’ll remember that next time. 😊
I’m getting excited about #Inktober2021 just around the corner. I purchased a new sketchbook and will be participating when I can. Hope you will be joining in too.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. We all need more of that. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!