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My watercolour sketchbook

I finished my first watercolour sketchbook today. I’m very proud of this sketchbook. I’m very much a beginner with watercolour so when I started it last June it was going to be a general sketchbook but, as you’ll see if you watch the video, I soon began to use it mostly for portraits. What you’ll also see is I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing at the start but as time progressed I gradually improved, my skill level grew and I developed a style similar to my Copic style.

I’m so proud of this Sketchbook because as I look through it I can see how my skills developed with practice, how I learned how to manipulate the paint and gained an understanding of how it worked, and so my portraits improved. I love looking at the last few portraits and comparing them with the first few to see what I’ve learned. Practice, practice, practice every day and it pays off. 🙂

If you want a slower look at the sketchbook I’ve uploaded a longer video with commentary on my YouTube channel here.

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Zoe

Today’s face: Zoe, inspired by Sktchy.

Zoe is today’s suggested face for Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge but this isn’t the suggested photo- this is a different one that I had in my Sktchy queue. It’s a great photo and it was huge fun to draw from.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


Mic

Today’s face: Mic, inspired by Sktchy.

I totally lost the likeness in this portrait of Mic for Day 26 of Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge. It started off well but ended up not looking remotely like her and as I compare it to the inspiration photo I don’t know what on earth I was doing. I haven’t been well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


Lisa

Today’s face: Lisa, aka Pixel Princess, inspired by Sktchy.

This is today’s suggested face for Day 23 of the Sktchy 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge. This was going so well and then I knocked my jar of water over – all over my portrait. The page was soaked & wouldn’t take any more paint so I had to finish it off with coloured pencil. It came out OK in the circumstances.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen, painted with Old Holland watercolours and finished with Prismacolor pencils.


Veronik

Today’s face, Veronik, inspired by Sktchy.

I tried to use yesterday’s tip about using both hard & soft edges in a portrait with my beginners watercolour technique on today’s suggested face, Veronik, for the Sktchy January 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge for Day 18. I think it’s clear I still have a lot to learn, especially on the “less is more” front, but it was fun doing something that is much less controlled than my usual watercolour efforts.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


Leeza

Today’s face: Leeza, inspired by Sktchy.

Leeza is the suggested face for Day 11 of Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge for January, although this isn’t the suggested inspiration photo. I chose an alternative photo – perhaps not such a wise decision because I really struggled with this portrait! I didn’t place it well on the page, didn’t do a good job placing the features, and overworked the portrait and ended up having to do some digital editing to clean it up. Maybe I’m tiring a little at a third of the way through the challenge 🙂

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 01 sketchbook, painted with Greenleaf and Blueberry watercolour paints and edited digitally on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Lunar

Today’s face: Lunar, inspired by Sktchy.

This portrait is the suggested face for Day 8 of Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge. I would never have attempted a portrait of this complexity if I wasn’t doing doing this challenge but I’ve done it and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ve made my fair share of errors and my watercolours on the hair went very wild but they’re all learning experiences. I had fun and learned a lot!

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 sketchbook and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.