Friday, August 31, 2012

Doodle time - trying out different colours

You know how you can sometimes get 'stuck' using the same colours over and over again? I noticed it in my doodling and decided to try something different. A darker yellow mixed with greys. I love the results!
I used both the waterproof Micron and a thicker waterproof marker, but also a watersoluble fineliner, giving a subtle grey wash.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cleaning my palette -- fortune cookies!

After using the reds from my Koh-i-noor watercolour set in my previous doodle, I again had a lot of left over paint on my palette. Time to clean that, without wasting any paints!
Thinking of what to do on top of it, I suddenly remembered the fortune cookies we had with our Chinese take away the other day, so I doodled some very simple shapes, using a permanent black and a watersoluble black:
Going over them with my waterbrush, but ooppsss, used far too much water:
I cross-hatched the background with watersoluble pen:
And added a little white in the fortune cookies and a darker mix for the shadows. Another palette-cleaning-doodle done!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Doodle time!

I first doodled in permanent ink, using a Micron pen:
I then added some bolder lines, in watersoluble pen:
and then filled in these shapes:
Using my Koh-i-Noor watercolours, I filled in the shapes with reds:
then I cross-hatched around the doodle, using the watersoluble pen again:
using a bit of water, that gave it a nice grey wash, finishing the doodle:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cleaning my palette

After doing my lunch time drawings, I still had quite a bit of paint on my palette that I did not want to just wipe off and throw away. I decided to use it for a background, maybe.
but as I looked at what I had on my page, I opted for tracing them instead:
I added some background colour:
and gave the shapes a bit more definition:
With the background colour, they reminded me a bit of giraffe spots. Another very simple doodle done:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Come bloghopping with me...

Every now and then, I find myself following a link on a blog, and then following a link on that blog, and then that one and so on and so forth. I love these little treasure hunts, as often I find blogs I end up following, or videos that inspire.

Today was no exception.

It all started on Danny Gregory's blog. I love his books, I love his blog. His drawings are a huge inspiration as is his 'Everyday matters' movement that inspired people to draw even the most mundane objects in their lives.

The other day, he posted a introduction by Stefano, a new member to his Everyday matters group. It was a lovely and touching introduction, which rightfully made a lot of people curious to see his artwork.

Danny posted the link to Stefano's blog later, which turns out to be a fairly new blog, going back to April of this year. Stefano's drawings are similar to Danny's, in the sense that he draws anything and everything that's around him, sometimes quite literally. From his cat to the rubbish bin, from food to bull clips on his desk at work. Great stuff!

On Stefano's blog, there was a link to Herzkönigin, which, if I'm correct, translates as Queen of Hearts. Clivia says being creative makes her happy and it helps calm her down. I can related to that!

Her blog is written in German, but even if you don't speak or read that language, you can still enjoy the amazing pictures. Clivia seems rather obsessed with Polaroids, she's made some very cute Polaroid inspired stamps. (Click on Ältere Posts, it translates as 'older posts'.)

And then to make this blog hopping session complete, I found inspiring videos on Vimeo:

New Orleans Artists – Kaki Foley from Anthropologie on Vimeo.

New Orleans Artists – Rebecca Rebouché from Anthropologie on Vimeo.

Don't you just love evenings like this?

Friday, August 3, 2012


Sun shining on my back -- check! Ice tea with lots of ice cubes -- check! Nice big palette of W&N watercolours -- check!

Let's doodle then!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More drawing in the garden

There were even more weeds for me to draw in the garden, I'm surprised Keesha had not taken them out yet -- lazy dog!