Daily art – coffee mug with little potted succulent

from Instagram: Getting acquainted with my masking fluid on this little potted cactus…the color shaper tool helps with control but it’s definitely going to take some practice. Loving the bubbles and shadows demo’d by @mariyakey ❤#watercolor #succulentlove #inkandwatercolor #sketch http://ift.tt/2hAHRur

sketchbook - pen and watercolor sketches from Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan

Watercolor sketches from Baking Chez Moi

One of the (many) projects I’m working on is to make watercolor sketches from the beautiful, mouth-watering photos in the book Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan. Since I love baking, and sometimes struggle with deciding on what to sketch, I thought this would be a great subject. There are a few skills I’d like to improve by doing this project: more accuracy with contour line drawings, without getting bogged down in making it look photo-realistic drawing more quickly getting comfortable adding watercolor wash hand lettering After just a few sketches, I’m finding…

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. 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…

Ink and watercolor wash of a binder clip

Simple sketch of a binder clip

While working on my hatching skills, sometimes I draw simple objects that hardly warrant any excitement. But there’s something about this binder clip sketch that I just love. I think it’s the judicious use of watercolor on the shadow areas. I focused the hatching and wash on darker areas, and I think that restraint helps make the sketch more interesting. This simple object is also good practice for my contour drawing. Instead of doing a pencil sketch first, I went straight for the PITT Artist Pen on this one. I know that when I start with pencil, my drawings can look too…