Weekend Drama

It’s getting quite chilly in Toronto isn’t it?…or I might be the only one who feels like a lizard right now. :S Either way, nothing is better than settling in with some BBC dramas on the weekend. I have some catching up to do with a few older series, but after a long wait for its release, ended up watching The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike) this past week in one go; it was too good to stop after one. Realizing however that as with every show, getting ‘withdrawals’ while having to wait per week for a new episode is no fun. πŸ˜€ I was also sketching away while watching episode 3 again…

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08.09.2017 Sketchbook

Sketching Ideas – The Call

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I’ve been getting some ideas down for my next drawing. A few of you have asked me here and on Tumblr, on sketches & how I go about using them in my creative process for a finished piece…I know there are many artists out there (some among my personal favourites) who do amazing pre-painting sketches & drawings; I however don’t always do them. It depends on how much of the idea I have established in my head and how confident I feel about transferring that to paper. If I’m doing client work that’s of course out of the question, as you definitely need to do sketches and drawings before even thinking of starting the final product. Even for this next piece I’ll be doing, I know what I want in my head but I needed to get a feel for the placement and mood of the subject(s) for me to get started. Keeping to a ‘sketch’ however, is often out of the question for personal projects. It’s most often a starting point.

Platinum Nightmares

Painting hair and skin are one my biggest fears as an artist. Even after all these years I find myself working carefully, especially when it comes to watercolours. To all my lovely blondes out there, please don’t take this the wrong way but, dear god…it’s one of the hardest things to replicate in this medium; even if it is one my favourite hair colours. πŸ˜€

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