Had a great Sunday!

It’s been a semi successful Sunday. That doesn’t happen very often. I was able to get just a few things done. I pulled out my lovely Rendr sketchbook and started coloring some neglected sketches for practice. I seriously adore this sketchbook. I takes my marker colors beautifully, the paper is super smooth and DOESN’T BLEED THROUGH TO THE NEXT PAGE!!! IT’S LIKE MAGIC!! 
This book here….this book right here…fills my heart with so much joy!!!! I’m honestly considering getting rid of my other marker papers (Canson, Borden & Riley) and just overstocking on Rendr to make sure I don’t run out. Don’t get me wrong, the other brands I mentioned are pretty good too, but Rendr…has topped them both. I will most definitiely be buying more of Rendr sketchbooks in the future, so I pray that they never stop making them. I found out about this book through….YouTube….I swear you can find so much there. There were only about 3 YouTubers who I’ve watched that used and recommended the book…so I had to give it a try, ordered it on Amazon.com and I was immediately impressed. The previous marker papers I used are the Canson brand marker papers. The XL paper I still use.

“Painting Pretty”
The illustrations to the right are all colored on the XL Canson Paper. The way the paper take my coloring reminded me of watercolors. So I’m on the fence about letting this particular paper go. It’s like the best of both worlds. I suck at watercoloring but I love markers…If I can get away with mimicking the look of watercolors with my markers then hey why not!!
“Meet and Greet”

 

“Tea Time with Mrs. Bearsbie”

This one for some reason, it started getting really weird. I don’t know if they changed the way that they manufactured the paper, but it wouldn’t hold up the colors of my markers. It was smearing and pooling on top…couldn’t mix my colors…it was horrible!! It’s like the paper is coated with something. I really did like the paper back when it was good. Don’t know what they changed or if I just didn’t notice it had always been like that but either way…I’m never buying it again. Now this other paper I just purchased about a month ago has good potential. 

I actually colored this little quickie on the Borden&Riley paper. It took the markers wonderfully and I adored the texture.

Even though it says bright white…it looks kinda creamy to me and it’s textured! I thought that was neat. I think I will mainly use it when I’m just trying to sketch up color ideas for an illustration. My only issue with this one is that fact that it bleeds through to the next page…so having an extra sheet underneath is necessary.

In other going ons…I, just for the heck of it, decided to take an old illustration from years ago to do a comparison of then and now. Have to say…I was pleasantly surprised!

My old art is on the right and my new style that I’ve developed as time went on is on the left. The change is very apparent. I would often complain that I couldn’t see any change in my style of drawing, but doing this experiment…really showed me how much I have grown. It’s encouraging and I plan to do this to other old illustrations as well. Style may take years to develop, but it’s well worth the time because once you see it…it’s very rewarding. So to anyone out there struggling and feeling discouraged because you think you’ll never improve or don’t see any improvement, try what I did and see how far you have come from then to where you are now. You will see it. It may be gradual but every little bit turns into a big change worth smiling about.

 

Sailor Moon and other randoms

On my one day off on the weekend  I managed to do just a few sketches. Between trying to rest up and entertain my sick 8 yr old, I’m surprised I was even able to get that much done 😅. 

What I’m happy about with these few sketches is the fact that I thought back to some old art of mine and started pulling some elements I once used to construct my characters. Once I did that…things just  kinda pulled themselves together. I’m going to continue with this. Im also still pursuing a simplistic style but learning how to draw complex such as clothing, hands and feet. Those were my biggest struggles and still are. This is the perfect time to practice. 

More will be posted soon!

Page 1 of my personal “Sketchbook Challenge”!!

There is only so much I can get done when working a full time job and being a mother, so I have to do what I can when I can. This is the first page of my sketchbook. It’s a bit rushed but at least I made the attempt. I would usually do a photo but since the camera on my phone is not that great…uh…I opted to do a short video.

The sketchbook I’m using is the Strathmore Tan Toned Sketchbook. I love the light and textured brown of the paper. It’s a nice change from the usual white paper. I don’t know what it is about white paper, but it’s such a blank canvas and I completely lose focus. like 85% of the time I’m dumbfounded seriously. Smh. The pencils used are Col-erase and a few random Prismacolor pencils that I forgot I had. Coo-erase pencils are such great tools. You can sketch with them just like any other pencils and erase and you can also color with them. A lot of artists use them for the outline sketch of their art, then draw over it with final lines. I like my art to be sketchy so…I dont’t benefit at all from doing clean lines….they scare me.