I thought it might be interesting for blog readers if I were to share some of my process, so I will try to put up more of my sketchbook pages in future - starting with this squirrel. Enjoy!
I painted this happy squirrel using mainly Winsor & Newton watercolours. At the moment I use a combination of Cotman and Professional colours (I try out a colour first using the cheaper Cotman tubes and then replace it with Professional once I've used it up). I also use Kusakabe watercolours that I bought when I was in Japan. I painted this on Bockingford HP watercolour paper.
Almost everything I paint requires me to do a bit of research. For this one I did a quick Google image search (there were no squirrels to hand in the garden!) and sketched a few to better understand their faces and posture. I find that the research kind of filters through later when I'm drawing from imagination and just helps to create more believable characters.
I used a fairly limite…
Thanks to everyone who stopped by my stall at the Tavi Arts Market on Saturday 5th August. It was great to hear all of the kind comments about my work. It was my first craft fair and I sold a little and learnt a lot! I will be lining up a few more fairs over the coming months so watch this space for details...
In other news...
From Wednesday 9th August until Tuesday 15th August I am running a 20% discount in my Etsy shop (no minimum spend!). Enter the code SUMMERHOL20 at the checkout. Click here to head over to my Etsy. I have been adding items to the shop, like my Alice in Wonderland illustration and some square greeting cards. I will try to add more soon but I desperately need to get back to working on some new art now before I forget how to draw!
I know it's only just turned autumn but if you're getting a head start on Christmas please know that I am running a free shipping sale in my Etsy shop for all UK orders over £15! I've also added a few Christmas card designs too :) But if you're not thinking as far ahead as that, my vampire twins illustration is available as a card if you wish to send spooky greetings for Halloween.