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Daily Sketching Part Two

February 16, 2015

My sketching mania seems to continue. From time to time I’ll post my sketches here on the blog for your perusal.

I’ve not enrolled onto another online course because for now I seem to be on a roll and don’t need the accountability. However I suspect as the months go on, this might change so I’ll keep a watchful eye on things.

Some of you, who follow me on Instagram, would have seen some of these sketches. I usually do them at night and photograph and post them there and then. I have since bought a long lasting daylight bulb (23 Watts) which has been a lifesaver for my eyes but also for photographing late at night. I can highly recommend them.

This piece below was inspired by visiting my partner daughter’s first home a few days after they completed on it. It’s in need of a lot of work but there’s something wonderful about beginnings and at 25, you are still full of hope, energy and zest.

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Flowers are always nice to draw. I wanted a more muted colour palette and also incorporate some birds (spot the hummingbird) and a butterfly. I’m not very good at drawing animals or objects so that’s something I would like to improve on.

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This below was inspired by some goblets I had seen that day. Again, it’s abstract but it helps me to have a starting point. As always, I’m inspired by patterns and colours.

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Ahh, cityscape, rows of houses, neighbourhoods. This is a true fascination of mine. I would love to be better at this so will experiment further. I think there’s something compelling about a scene of houses. I’m currently taking photographs of different buildings to have something to base my sketches on.

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More experiments with neighbourhood houses and different art materials.

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I’m usually not good with whimsical  and fantasy sketching. This here below was a lot of fun as I merged some modern buildings with some own creations. I enjoyed this a lot and will explore this theme further.

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This started out as a drawing of various fruit shapes. I didn’t know where I wanted to take this at all and slowly I was layering and layering until you couldn’t see the fruits anymore. It then became an exercise in shapes, mark making and colours. It’s interesting to see that gel pens will cover whatever is below and I love when happy accidents happen.

daily sketching part two - colourliving

daily sketching part two - colourliving

daily sketching part two - colourliving

I bought some Liquitex Acrylic paints, a few neon colours, so simply wanted to have a go. I used different paints for the background and like the vibrancy of the green against the acrylic colours of the shapes.

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On Saturday I visited the Wellcome Collection. Whilst sitting in their café I got inspired by the hanging lights above me so I took out my sketchbook. Some of you would have seen the simple outline drawing. I did go and photocopy it so that I can experiment with different colours at a later stage. The lights in the café were colour changing LED lights and I was keen to reflect that here in my drawing.

daily sketching part two - colourliving

daily sketching part two - colourliving

daily sketching part two - colourliving

As you can see I’m trying to vary my subject matter if I can and challenge myself with different techniques. It’s more fun for me and I’ve never been someone who finds my sweet spot and do it over and over again. In order to grow creatively I need to challenge myself and go outside my comfort zone.

For now I’m just happy I’m still consistently exploring my sketchbook. I’ll keep you updated. As ever, thank you for the support and I hope that some of you will find some inspiration here, either in colours, patterns or simply to pick up a pen and doodle.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine February 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

    wow, you’re on a roll. Amazing! Last week I read about a new book of an illustrator who draws buildings of New York. Don’t remember his name, but it made me think of your drawings of houses. I like your drawings of buildings and flowers best.

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you Louise and thank you for tweeting the illustrator’s book. Loved it. x

  • Reply Catherine February 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I love the first home sketch I’d frame it!

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Ha. Thank you. Not sure about framing it but it was a memorable day. Thank you for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Holly February 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    wonderful! Good job keeping up the sketching Tina! They’re all so great and different from each other. My favourite though is the whimsical one 🙂

    xoxoxo

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Ah, I’m fond of the whimsical one and it suits your character…. I’m trying to vary the sketches to keep me interested.
      Thanks lovely x

  • Reply Alexa~FurnishMyWay February 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Lovely sketches! I love all the vivid colors you use. Additionally, your attention to detail is fantastic! As an artist myself, I commend you for your beautiful work. Very beautiful and bright!

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you so much Alexa. Very kind of you to say!

  • Reply Catherine @ farmhousehome February 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Wow your attention to detail Tina is incredible, the sketches are just fabulous. Great idea to take photos to base your sketches on, keep going, can’t wait to see more! xx

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Aww, thank you lovely. I’m so humbled by everyone’s comments. I’m trying to keep up with doing something every day xxx

  • Reply Alison Sye February 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Have really enjoyed watching your lovely sketchbooks growing on Instagram, especially as the pleasure it is giving you comes across.

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Ha. Thank you for noticing. I am REALLY enjoying it and it somehow is very therapeutic. xx

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey February 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I don’t know how you do it, but keep on doing it. You’ve a great eye! I love your neighbourhoods and works featuring buildings 🙂 xx

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      I don’t know myself… must be an outer body experience…. I really want to practice more my neighbourhoods and buildings… thanks G xx

  • Reply gudy herder February 24, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    The neighborhoods are my favorites here! What a creative moment, or call it mania, you are having! Whatever it is, don’t stop, it must feel great! x

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Hahaha, you’re right. Seems more like a mania (all these late nights) Thank you for the encouragement Gudy x

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