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…
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.
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!