• A collage of sketchbook drawings of women with wavy and curly hair, and two digital paintings of the same character with long wavy, purple hair. The text Practicing in Between is on top of the collage.
    Digital Painting,  Drawing,  Figure Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Practicing in Between (Ep. 1 & 2)

    Winter’s begun and the longest night is here. I’m ready for fresh starts, a new year, and lengthening daylight slowly inching back towards spring. I’ve been practicing art quite a bit, and am so close to filling two sketchbooks: a multimedia one and a smaller drawing one (hopefully a sketchbook share video is coming in the near future 🤞). Today I have 25 sketchbook pages to share in this post (!!!). And I came up with the idea for an ongoing series that I’ve just begun, with a new original character!

  • A sketchbook page with line art drawings of two female faces. There is a filter effect over the image making it green and yellow.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Line Art: Practicing Faces

    Tonight’s drawing is a quick sketch that I inked in Copic multiliner (mostly 0.1, with 0.5 for the outer edges). I want to practice using the Ohuhu skin tone marker set. The upper half of the page was color blending practice from December, which I shared in my skin tone practice post. I want to make sure the ink is completely dry before coloring, so the markers will have to wait til tomorrow.

  • Sketchbook page with ink drawings of objects. Behind the sketchbook is a can of sparking water, a laptop, and a mechanical pencil and eraser.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Late Night Sketching

    Tonight’s sketchbook page: the objects on the coffee table in front of me. Hey, sometimes you just gotta work with what you have. I didn’t sit down to draw until 9:30pm-ish, so considering it took me about 45 minutes of drawing time, I feel pretty proud that I completed a page. I was not feeling good after dinner and had convinced myself that art and blogging were not in the cards tonight. But after laying down for a couple hours and drinking room temp sparkling water, I’m happy to say I still reached for my sketchbook.

  • Sketchbook page with a watercolor painting of five apples on a wooden table. The second half the page contains painted butterflies in green and black.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks,  Traditional Painting

    Apples and Butterflies and Beloved Playlists

    I’m glad I filled a sketchbook page, even if at first it felt like my heart wasn’t in it tonight. Pushing past the “I don’t feel like this/I don’t know what to draw that’s good enough” thoughts and into painting and drawing as an act of love for the practice itself: is that the secret to maintaining a regular art practice?

  • A sketchbook page with marker and fineliner pen drawings of potion bottles, leaves, a zippered pouch, markers, and a lotion tin. Drawing materials are piled to the right of the sketchbook.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Sketchbook Randomness

    Holds up spork! (kidding!*) Well after yesterday’s lengthy post, tonight’s will be very short. I gathered a bunch of markers in fineliners in a gray/pink/purple/gold color scheme and sketched what was nearby on my desk. Hooray for being productive in kind of laid back way.

  • A digital collage with two traditional drawings and two digital paintings with the text Finishing WIPs!
    Digital Painting,  Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Finishing WIPs!

    I had two works in progress hanging out there from this week – the sunset clouds digital painting (from Thursday’s post) and then the current sketchbook page (from yesterday). Even if I’m not practicing new ideas, I’m glad I used some time today to finish both of these up. It’s satisfying to consider drawings or paintings finished before moving on to a different study. No nagging lose threads!