On Instagram Lately

Posted on March 19, 2015 and tagged Sketchbook

I was waaaay late to the Instagram party, but now that I'm into it I just can't stop! Let's be honest, some days I just scroll through Twitter for the photos anyways. But I love how you can share an image on Instagram with no words or write a huge explanation.

Also, you may have noticed that things look a little different around here. I've been slowly working on this redesign for a few weeks now and I'm really pleased with it. The new logo/header is so colourful and fun. I had a great time playing around with some paint and my scanner.

Check out what I've been up to on Instagram lately!

Brand New Sketchbook!

Posted on November 14, 2014 and tagged Sketchbook

I got myself a brand new sketchbook recently! It's fun to start a new one, but I always end up leaving the first page blank. So this is actually the second page of my new book. It's a lot larger than my last one at 8.5" by 11" but it's been fun to work bigger. It's this brand in case you're curious. It says it's good for just about any medium including ink, acrylic and watercolour but in my experience it doesn't take watercolour very well. The paper soaks it up quickly and then start to pill if I work it too much. But it's still nice paper and has been working great for markers, ink and acrylic. For the first few days I just filled the pages with patterns, so I'll have a few more photos to show you soon.

Watercolour Mountains

Posted on October 31, 2014 and tagged Sketchbook

This is the last you'll see of my Moleskin sketchbook because it's all filled up now and I've started on a new one. I couldn't find a Stillman & Birn one like I wanted but I'm pretty happy with the new one so far.

The drawing on the left was done with Micron pens and the one of the right is Micron pen and watercolour pencil. I love filling pages edge to edge like that. Today I'm off to the art supply store to buy a couple new canvases. I have an idea for a painting that I want to try out. If it goes well I'll post about it!

Lots of Dots

Posted on October 20, 2014 and tagged Sketchbook

These dotty pages were a lot of fun to make. I did the dots in 4 phases letting each layer dry before I added more. It took a surprisingly long time but I like the outcome.

It's been so dark and rainy here lately. I had been having trouble finding good light to take some sketchbook photos. So finally last week when there was a semi-sunny day I snapped a whole bunch of pictures of my recent sketchbook pages. I've always used my DSLR for blog post photos but for some reason I just couldn't get a good picture this time, so I tried my iPhone camera on a whim and I think it worked really great! It's so cool that you can have such a powerful camera that fits in your pocket. Haha that probably makes me seem old but I remember accidentally ruining whole rolls of film on vacation because it got jammed up in my crappy camera!

Just a Few Pages Left

Posted on September 18, 2014 and tagged Sketchbook

Drawing pages like this in my sketchbook is the perfect thing to do while watching episode after episode of Gilmore Girls. There's nothing more relaxing than sitting in front of the tv and mindlessly doodling. Back in high school when I was taking art classes, I used to go through sketchbooks so fast. After that things really slowed down until a couple years ago I really made an effort to draw more. Now, I'm happy to say that there's only a few pages left in this book. I'm already shopping around for a new one. I'm thinking about getting a Stillman & Birn sketchbook next. People seem to have good things to say about them. The Moleskine I use now has really nice, thick paper but I've found it isn't great for watercolour. The paper is way too smooth. So hopefully my new one will let me experiment with watercolour a bit more. What kind of sketchbook do you use?

The Photo Project is Dead

Posted on September 5, 2014 and tagged Sketchbook

Yeah, I've offically killed my photo project. I just had no interest whatsoever in taking that many photos every week! And I didn't want to keep pushing myself to do a project that I really wasn't enjoying. It's weird because that photo project was something I had fun with when I did it a few years ago for the first time. I don't know, things change! But if you liked the photos I posted so far, please follow me on Instagram.

Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about what sort of things I want to post on this blog. This is probably a rant for another day but I get so sick of seeing the same stuff on all the blogs I read. It's a lot of lovely photographs and no substance. So I thought about what I like to see, what really catches my eye when I scroll through my feed. I love to see how people work, the drawing/painting process, inside sketchbooks, basically anything about how people work. So that's what I'm going to try to include more of in my blog. Unfinished pieces, my learning process, sketchbook pages that I normally wouldn't show anyone. If you have a blog, what are you doing to stand out from the crowd?