Use Your Imagination

Here’s a few recent sketches from my sketchbook. I’ve been working on my calendar (which hopefully will come out in late October) and have been trying a few new techniques! (Maybe this isn’t the best for consistency, but it’s been interesting.)

This illustration below is so quintessentially summer. It’s such a warm season that it deserves vibrant colors like scarlet, orange, and sunny yellow!

This blue monochromatic piece below makes me laugh! It’s a combination of stylish and grandma–can’t you picture a bunch of old birds gossiping while they drink their coffee? 🙂

These paint strokes accidentally became this clown-ish, stylish woman! I was only trying out paint colors when my roommate asked “Is that a painting of a lady?” And it did appear to be so! Weird how the imagination can fill in the details and create something interesting!

More Sketches

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!

 

New Sketchbook

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Does anyone else have this weird trepidation when it comes to starting a new sketchbook? I got one for Christmas and I’m so careful with it! It has this really nice watercolor paper, not light-duty stuff like 60 lb. paper. I’m so excited to start using it, but I just want it to stay so nice looking!

After Christmas, I start thinking of the upcoming New Year and what it will bring. Will I spend more time on art projects? Will I start an online shop? Will it go the same as 2016? (Doubtful!) I love the new year for all of the fresh starts it brings.

The typography on the cover started out with a Pinterest search. I saw some really cool vintage typography that I incorporated into this cover design. It kinda has a twenties vibe that I’m into. Or silent movie era.

I’m thinking of new changes for the blog. Any ideas? Maybe a themed weekly post that isn’t so random? I’m going to start a web search for hints.

Until next time!

Caroline