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…
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!