Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Galaxy Forest in Watercolor

 This "Galaxy Forest," watercolor painting is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. Sarah has several books out. The origin of this tutorial is in one of those. The outline for the trees in this painting is there. I don't own the book, but Sarah described how to draw those trees at the bottom of the painting. 

My painting was done on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper with Jane Davenport watercolors.

I enjoyed working on the steps leading to this finished piece.


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Girl with Pearl Earring


This pretty Girl with Pearl Earring is from a Youtube tutorial by Karen Campbell. I really enjoyed working on this project following Karen in my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook.

Johnannes Vermeer was a Dutch artist, who painted life in the 1600s.

Karen colored her drawing with alcohol markers. I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Prismacolor Pencils. I used a Prismacolor Colorless Blender over most of my coloring and a Gelly Roll Pen for the highlights.

It was fun following Karen Campbell drawing this famous piece step by step and listening to the music in the background! I hope she does another famous piece one day soon!


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Old Guitarist




For  months I've been enjoying the tutorials at Awesome Art School, My drawing got better and I learned to use new media, as well as techniques.

I decided to use the Presidents' weekend to get back into some watercolor painting. I found a tutorial by Sarah Cray at Let's Make Art, that I knew I had to try. She used The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso to give a bit of art history lesson, as well as painting a monochrome color painting. 

The Old Guitarist was created during Picasso's Blue Period. His focus was on feelings of loneliness and sorrow. He repeated and varied the blues, which created unity in his work.

I painted this piece on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, with Jane Davenport watercolors.

This was a challenging, but fun piece to paint. I'm glad I devoted some time to get back into watercolor painting.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Copic Girl Mixed Media

 This pretty girl was inspired by a review/tutorial from Karen Campbell. Karen gave a lovely review, but I don't own the markers required. I changed it up and used Copic Markers and an assortment of supplies!

The work was done on Bristol paper, with her face and hair done with Copics. I used Molotow Liners for the outlines and detail and her purple and silver earrings were colored with Marvy Opaque Metallic Markers. The colorful blue and pink background was done using Neocolor 11 crayons by Carand'ache. I used a number of white pens for highlights and background.

It's quite a bit different from Karen Campbell's review, but it works for me!


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Exploration of Leaves


This sweet little pattern watercolor painting was inspired by a tutorial from Cee Cee aka Catherine Cote. She is a mixed media artist, who encourages others to enjoy the process rather than the final results.

I drew these leaves on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I covered the lines with Derwent Inktense pencils and added texture lines at each end of the leaves. Using a wet brush on the Inktense lines I covered each leaf with color. I covered the lines and edges of the leaves using gold Master's Touch Metallic watercolors. The background color was painted using Jane Davenport watercolors. The white dots were done with a white Uni-Ball Sigro Pen.

I enjoyed this change of pace project and will be looking for more project to work on by Cee Cee.

This piece made a lovely greeting card!


Thursday, February 8, 2024

Granddaughter Loves Pokemon - Pikachu


My Granddaughter sits at a table with two boys in Kindergarten. One boy had two the same Pikachu small toys. He knew my Granddaughter loves this Pokeman Pikachu and gave her one. She took it to school everyday, but lost it. She and this boy looked all over and were sad they didn't find it.

Meanwhile my Granddaughter came with her dad and brother to my house. They helped clean up the leaves. Both she and her brother got paid.

Then one day over the weekend their dad made some phone calls and found a store that had that toy. Dad took the children for lunch and made sure my Granddaughter had her money. Dad took the kids to the store and my Granddaughter found the toy. She hugged it and said I want it.

What a wonderful daddy and such a good little girl.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Old Gent

 This old steampunk gent was drawn from a "Brain Stretch" with Karen Campbell from Awesome Art School. As she drew and commented her students followed online. Karen's fun and interesting comments, gave her students permission to use their imagination and creativity to invent other ways to enhance this old gentlemen.

I enjoyed the tutorial drawing only with my Graphgear 1000 Pentel mechanical pencil. I enjoyed the darks and lights using just the pencil on the pages of my Strathmore Toned Tan sketch book.

Steampunk is such a fun theme. There are more tutorials to come in this theme, to look forward to, in Awesome Art School.


Sunday, February 4, 2024

Gray Toned Girl

 This Gray Toned Girl is from a two part tutorial and review by Karen Campbell. She was supposed to be the cover girl on Karen's "How to Draw Fun Fab Faces Book. It's a free lesson on YouTube.

It's no problem at all following this artist drawing these delightful faces in the first video. In the second video Karen adds the alcohol markers, which in this case were supposed to bw gray tones by Tombow (Full Product Review). She did a wonderful job with the review although the markers left a lot to be desired!

I used Copic Markers which Karen and I both love. Trouble was my Copic Markers are old and even though I refill them, the lighter grays needed several layers in the girl's face. Instead of lines across that did not blend, I did layers of small circle. I'm happy that this technique worked well with this girl.