I’ve not made time for a lot of reading lately, but I’ve always loved books and libraries. (Speaking of, who goes to the actual library these days? It’s been some time for me, but I hope they don’t become obsolete! They’re so relaxing.) It’s a dream of mine to have a space brimming with books, comfy leather chairs, and nice-smelling candles. And I dream of having a nook specifically designed for reading, like the ones you see beneath staircases or tucked in a corner.
When I think of books, I think of fall. I’ve been thinking of the season a lot lately, and the feeling it brings. Thoughts of apple cider, socks, and throw blankets haven’t been too far from my mind 🙂
But for the moment, I’ll enjoy the hot weather we’ve been having! Summer goes by too fast as it is.
Hey! I’ve been busy filling up pages in my sketchbook and I thought I’d share a few here.
First things first. Here is the cover:
I initially just hand-lettered “The Daily Sketch”, but remembered I had a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, so I used this to give it some flair.
This sketch was inspired, in part, by Joanna Gaines/Magnolia. (I know, I’ve previously said I love/hate them. But I can’t pass up their great eye for design!)
Also, a green jadeite carafe:
I randomly got a bolt of inspiration to paint landscapes (I haven’t done them for a looooong time. Really. It was probably 9th grade) so I settled on the French Alps and the Grand Canyon. They are two totally different geographical areas, but both so gorgeous.
I went a little crazy with the color on the Grand Canyon so it’s quite abstract. I kinda enjoyed it 😉
And lastly, here are some (delicious) Rainier cherries:
Since a sketchbook is for, well, sketching, these illustrations are quite loose and unfinished. But I loved every minute creating them!
Here’s an update on illustrations I’m working on for the 2019 calendar! I am having so much fun with it! It’s pretty slow going, but I’m getting there 🙂
Here’s a digitally-colored illustration of an orange blossom tree I sketched. (Or maybe those are clementines!)
I must be loving orange and yellow of late since my last post had the same color-scheme!
This piece is for a friend of mine–it might have the honor of appearing on her desk at work!
I noticed the style of this illustration is the combination of Rifle Paper Co. and Riley Sheehey–bright florals and a nice outlined, sketchy look.
I rediscovered Riley’s work recently–she designed the patterns of KJP’s new spring dresses, which are kinda cute! I read a few of her blog posts and it’s so refreshing to know she has experienced the same struggles I have in areas of illustration and faking it till you make it. Nice to know everyone isn’t as polished as their Instagram account 😉
(Do you think I put enough links in this post?!)
I’m already thinking of 2019, guys. But that’s the name of the game when you make a calendar! (I’m not going to do what I did last year, which was crazy. Two calendars in about three months!!)
For 2019, I thought a softer, more organic approach to illustrating the lady of the month would be appreciated. So I’m incorporating a lot of my own wardrobe and even reference photos of myself that contribute to a more natural looking lady. Think rounder, feminine, and graceful. I am loving it so far!
Just thought I’d share this card that I made for my friend who is getting married this weekend! I like using brown paper for white dresses. It’s easier to paint them then 🙂
Hey, guess what?! I made it to day 30! It’s so awesome. I thought I’d get bored of painting flowers for 30 days, but my motivation only waned a couple times. I’ve definitely learned a lot in this challenge. Probably the biggest take-away is that I can do things when I set my mind to it. I finished a 30 day challenge, guys! (Okay, should I quit mentioning it? I’m just surprised, honestly.)
For the final piece, I wanted to combine most (if not all) the types of flowers into one single painting, which I did. I opted to use gouache, since of late I’ve been quite in love with it. Really. (Thanks Anna Bond for giving the inspiration!)
What was your favorite post? Or what flower in today’s post is your favorite? Comment below!
Now my busy social life (hah!) demands I go interact with people, so I’m signing off!
A great weekend to y’all! Thanks for visiting my blog! (I really should thank you more often. Really.)