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…
With just over a week to go until December, it's time to start getting in the festive mood! If you are in Plymouth on Saturday 2nd December, why not come along to the Devonport Guildhall for the Etsy Made Local event. I will have a stall there alongside other Etsy sellers and it will be a good opportunity to pick up some unique gifts. You'll find me selling my usual prints and cards together with a few Christmassy ones!
My Christmas greeting cards include a couple of wintry scenes, a little ice skater and some cute gingerbread men. If you can't make it to the event, the cards are all available in my Etsy shop online as well - click here to head over there now.
I shall have at least one more blog update before the 2nd December, so come back soon!
Etsy Made Local is almost upon us! (Saturday 2nd December at the Devonport Guildhall - see my previous post for more details). I wanted to offer something else besides my usual greeting cards and prints, so I have made a little colouring book called Witches. I put some of the drawings on social media in October for 'Inktober', and ended up with enough artwork for a small collection. If you'd like a copy, they're available from my stall this Saturday 2nd December at Etsy Made Local. I will be listing them in my online Etsy shop the following week.
I have also framed a few of my prints, which will be available from my stall on Saturday as well. Currently I do not offer framing in my online shop due to the difficulty of sending fragile frames in the post, so this is a unique opportunity to pick up a ready-framed one!