Daily art – a sketchy little birdy

from Instagram: The dip pen takes awhile to dry on hot press watercolor paper, but I love the fine details that can be made with it.⠀ #sketch #watercolor #inkandwatercolor #drawing #draw #drawingoftheday #dippen #bird #illustration #hotpress #danielsmith http://ift.tt/2jIklcr

little ink and watercolor sketches of potted succulents

Sketches of potted succulents

During my daily drawing practice I discovered how fun it is draw little sketches of potted succulents, especially with a dip pen. I like using this subject as a way to explore hatching with the dip pen. It has a really satisfying scratching quality on the paper. Adding quick watercolor washes to these little sketches helps them look more fun and colorful. Tools dip pen with 512 Speedball nib India ink watercolors

ink and watercolor flora from the Redwood forest 4

Watercolor and ink flora of the Redwood forest

Our summer vacation amongst the Redwoods gave me much-appreciated space and time to play with watercolors. I could have sat for hours and hours experimenting with color blending. Actually, I guess I did sit for hours and hours doing just that. It was interesting to get familiar with the feeling of different blending techniques, and by the time I was working on the final plant drawing in this set, I felt like it was clicking more. I like the bold, graphic quality of first drawing with a black ink pen (the Rapidograph in this case) and then filling in with watercolor….

daily drawings from summer 2016 vacation at a cabin in northern CA

Daily drawings from summer vacation 2016

For years, I’ve set occasional intentions to draw more but have never stuck with it (see: drawing cute animals from… several years ago). I tend to put too much pressure on it, believing that the drawings needed to be more significant, polished, or special than I could maintain. I also just thought I wasn’t good enough at it. So when I watched Kate Bingaman-Burt’s Skillshare class Drawing Collections: Illustrating Stories through Taxonomies I was filled with relief, enthusiasm, and inspiration. It doesn’t have to be a high-pressure activity! Kate’s easy, relaxed approach to drawing was like a breath of fresh air. It’s easy to look at the collected…

all over ink pattern with Redwood forest flora

All-over pattern ink drawing of Redwood flora

During our summer vacation, I made a collection of drawings inspired by the flora around our rental cabin in the northern California Redwood forest. So, inspired by the all-over pattern project from the Skillshare class Drawing pens: make it simple, I drew my own version since the first time I mimicked the instructor’s version. Tools Micron pen Rapidograph pen filled with india ink Paper Mate Flair colored felt tip pens