Week 43: Sketch what you see right now
There is a jar full of paintbrushes on pretty much every surface of my studio so that was the first thing I rested my eyes on for this challenge. Instead of sketching on watercolor paper, I decided to use a piece of old book paper – I love the yellowing and some old book paper is a perfect substrate for watercolor.
I was excited to find this page with the butterflies and the word “Illustrations.” Couldn’t be more perfect . . . I love those serendipitous moments!
I lightly sketched my jar and paintbrushes with a pencil. Ordinarily I will sketch in pen, but I wanted to make sure I had proportions correct since I didn’t want to mess up this text page! Once I was satisfied, I put all the detail in with a black Pitt pen (XS tip). I loosely filled in the brushes and jar with watercolors. You can see I took some artistic liberties with the colors to make it more interesting.
Don’t be afraid to dig in on this challenge – sketching can be daunting for some people, but as you can see, the lines on my sketch are very simple, a little wonky, and definitely not realistic. You may surprise yourself with what you can do! I can’t wait to see!
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