I started a new sketchbook. The Leuchtturm one I was using had been bugging me since I started it, so instead of beating myself up for not using it, and in turn hardly sketching at all - I opened one that had been waiting in the wings for a while now. Surprise surprise, I really like it! It's the Magma Art & Illustration Sketchbook in a not-quite-A4 size (18.4 x 24cm). Promarkers don't go through as much, or pill up as the leuchtturm one did, and its a good size to carry around in my bag without taking up too much room. I haven't used it with watercolour, and probably won't because its just not the right paper, but I'm really happy with it so far. It also has lots of interesting information in the back that I have actually read and go back to! I usually end up ignoring stuff like that, but some of it is pretty useful. I'm getting pretty in to sketching nature and animals at the moment. It makes a nice change from my usual portraits/people theme I think. It's also making me want to sit outside and draw down local footpaths, woods and beaches. All I have to do is overcome my fear of drawing in public (!!!)
I'm not feeling very inspired to draw at the moment, but I'm trying to push through that and just draw whatever, even if I think its super boring/predictable!
I'm also not getting on with this Leuchtturm sketchbook. It doesn't like watercolour at all (!!!) and I'm finding it very limiting, and not in a bring-out-your-creativity sort of way. What do you do when you don't get on with a sketchbook? Do you try to finish it because its a waste not to, or do you just start a new one?
Is anyone thinking about doing 'May We Draw Daily' this year? I might just go for it and see what happens!
Sketchbook update... I've been drawing a lot more lately, and having more ideas for finished art pieces - something that hasn't happened for a while! Some quick messy warm up sketches A self portrait - I found out the hard way that this paper doesn't like watercolour. It bobbles up underneath my paintbrush - so, if you like watercolour in your sketchbooks, maybe don't go for a Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbook. Its a pity, because the the most beautiful sketchbook I've ever owned! This has since turned in to a gouache painting, and will be for sale on my Etsy shop some time next week. And I'm just about to start making a painting out of this one, too! I'll be testing out a new watercolour paper as well, I have a feeling its going to spoil me.
Anyone else having trouble signing in to their Flickr accounts? I haven't had any issues until today, beginning to wonder if its something to do with the security breach they experience at the end of December! *hyperventilates* I really wanted to make a blog post today about whats been going on inside my sketchbook for the past little while, so I'm rather pained that I had to use some of my Wordpress storage for these! It was Harry's and my 5th year together at the end of November, so I got all mushy and drew us from a Photo Booth photo we had taken in Amsterdam... I had a little bit of fun with Lino printing again - I haven't used this medium in a looong time. I'd really like to do some Lino printing on unbranded notebooks to sell online. If anyone has any suggestions for where I might be able to find small amounts of these - please let me know! We travelled to Hastings in December, and while Harry was in a job interview for a while (he got the job, yay!) I started to draw this. It ended up turning in to a weird little 3 part series. It was super fun to experiment with different colours for sketching other than graphite. Zissou being cheeky, because I can't help myself. Aaaand this one isn't quite in my sketchbook per say. I made it on my iPad Pro for this cute thing thats doing the rounds on Instagram called "#MeetTheArtist". I'm still kinda struggling with calling myself an artist, but it was too fun to pass up!
Some pages from my sketchbook, drawn over the last couple of weeks. Since finishing Inktober I am definitely drawing more, although not quiiiite every day. The above will hopefully be available as a print in my etsy shop soon. I'm trying to tie together a new website and etsy re-launch at the same time, but we'll see how it goes... There have been an abundance of illustrators that I follow using Prismacolor Col-erase pencils for a looong time now, so I finally decided to see what the fuss was all about. They're pretty great, huh?! So much cleaner than pencil! And a lot less harsh when inking/painting overtop. Kicking myself for not buying them sooner, whoops!