I promised myself that I would share my sketches, studies and creative process this year (even though the thought makes me want to hide). I set myself a list of studies to undertake this month, and it’s about time I shared some of the things I talked about in my last post!
My study book is a WATSON watercolour book picked up in Tokyo, with (frustratingly) one-sided pages. My study method is to take short notes in watercolour and pencil, sometimes annotating with a few thoughts or reminders, without worrying too much about how good it all looks.
From here, I pick out notes/ideas to develop into further, larger studies. But this is the origin point for everything that will make it into a larger piece. It started comfortably, with textiles (linen, cotton, wool, velvet, silk) and clothing layers, hair styles and mark-making techniques, and I’m slowly pushing out of my comfort zone.
Starting April, I intend to share some of the next stages with you. I’m going to be building an illustration from concept to finished painting, and documenting the process here and on instagram. It’s a terrifying concept for someone who often keeps their sketchbook shut tight. It’s highly likely to end in disaster. And I’ll have to keep myself accountable to posting – I am not a fast artist, and I routinely take a very long time to finish anything.
Which is why these small, sketchy studies are a perfect way to ease myself into new techniques or subjects without feeling overwhelmed. I’d love to transition this habit into doing a regular artist’s journal. I miss the habit of recording things in a sketchbook, like I did when travelling. Yet, there never seems to be enough hours in a day!
That said, I have a lot of mostly-empty sketchbooks on my bookshelf, and a good incentive to finish them. (The incentive is that I get to buy myself more sketchbooks).
- Watson for Watercolour book
- Prismacolour pencils
- Derwent Polychromos pencils
- Watercolour (Holbein, Rembrandt, Daniel Smith)
- Gouache (Holbein)
- Document ink, ink pen, and fountain pen.