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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.


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.


Tiffany

Today’s face: Tiffany, inspired by Sktchy. I have CRPS, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, in my right foot, which has now spread up my right leg and is mirrored in my left leg. I’ve had it for around 9 months now and It seems to be spreading quite rapidly at the moment. At 4am this morning it was in my knees. One of the worst symptoms is allodynia, or extreme sensitivity to touch, which means that I can’t touch the bed with them because to do so is extraordinarily painful. It’s hard to sleep with nothing from your thighs down touching the bed. What’s the solution? Get up and paint the frustration out. Art therapy is the best therapy.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil and painted with Greenleaf and Blueberry and Old Holland watercolours.


Frederic

frederic

Today’s face: Frederic, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Blackwing 602 pencil and painted with Jane Davenport and Old Holland watercolours.


Sasha

Today's face: Sasha, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil, Jane Davenport and Old Holland watercolours and Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Austheia

Today's face: Austheia, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with a Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil, Old Holland watercolours and Prismacolor coloured pencils.