Daily art – The 100 Day Project, set 2

from Instagram: Days 17-32 of #the100dayproject http://ift.tt/2x6VvcP
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Daily art – The 100 Day Project

from Instagram: Daily pattern swatches that I’m making for #the100dayproject: days 1-16. #patternaday #penandink #watercolor #gouache #sketchbook http://ift.tt/2uHwjag
sketchbook - ink and watercolor wash sketch of a vase of flowers

Loose and sketchy watercolor flowers

After watching a recent Draw Tip Tuesday video on pen control, I was inspired to draw a vase of flowers by loosely holding the pen at the end away from the tip.

sketchbook - ink and watercolor wash sketch of a vase of flowers

I started the sketch by roughly doing a single-line contour drawing, lifting the pen only a few times to reset. I knew I was going to go over with a wash of watercolor, so I focused more on suggesting the foliage instead of carefully drawing every item. And instead of obsessing over making the roses look like literal roses, I made swirly ends to suggest the petals.

I’m happily surprised how this loose approach worked! I think the swirly roses read better as roses than when I tried to draw each petal step by step in another sketch.

For the watercolor wash, I also kept it loose and rough. My main goal was to get a good range of greens, from bright yellow-greens to deep brown-greens. I added some splatter to amplify the sketchy quality.

Tools

  • Uniball Vision Fine black ink pen
  • watercolors
  • watercolor brush
  • Pentel Aquash Water Brush
  • stencil brush (for splatter)
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.

ink and watercolor flora from the Redwood forest 2 ink and watercolor flora from the Redwood forest 3 ink and watercolor flora from the Redwood forestink and watercolor flora from the Redwood forest 4

Tools

  • Tube watercolors
  • Size 4 brush
  • Rapidograph pen filled with india ink
Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - chicken supernova

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: chicken supernova

To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld phrase, “Chicken supernova”, with a combination of bounce letters and faux calligraphy. It’s such a goofy combination of words that makes me crack up every time I hear it.

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - chicken supernova

Season 8, episode 8 “The Chicken Roaster”

TOOLS

  • Micron pens