Chameleon in Shadows


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Shadows.

Did you know that chameleons communicate with each other through their color changes. Among other things, females show acceptance or rejection of their suitors by their color.

The background was done with gouache and a GelliArts printing plate in a Hahnemühle ZigZag book, and this was what it looked like before I used Zebra Pen’s Sarasa Retractable Clip Gel Pens.

Tools:

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Cups & Saucers


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Cup and Saucers.

Did you know that before handles became popular on cups, hot tea was poured from cup into saucer for cooling and drinking?

The background was done with gouache and a GelliArts printing plate in a Hahnemühle ZigZag book, and this was what it looked like before I used the Zebra Pen Clip Art Markers.

Tools:

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You can find Zebra pen products here.

Currently, I’m working on …


… a gouache tutorial where I’ll be teaching simple paintings done in a poster-art style. I’m not posting as often as usual, and I thought I’d share some of the reason why.

You may be familiar with the poster art style, even if you don’t realize it. Those paint-by-numbers you did as a child are one example. Many of Art Nouveau and Art Deco and those vintage Orange Crate labels were done in poster art style. And you may be familiar with Travel Posters.

While gouache is a flexible medium capable of creating a wide range of styles, if is often associated with poster art. In fact, you may have used gouache – again, even if you don’t realize it. Ever used poster paint? A very poor, cheap version of gouache.

If all goes as planned this will be a three-part tutorial. The first part will cover painting in gouache, the poster art style and show you three very simple, slightly silly paintings to practice with.

Something like the paintings in this post.

The second part will cover using a reference photo and transforming it into the poster art style. The painting will be a slightly more complex one of a Vermillion Flycatcher.

The third part will build on the first two, still in the poster art style but building something more complex than what we’ve done before. I haven’t decided yet what the painting will be.

Traveling through Faeryland – concept drawing


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 prompts: Fairytale, Frog and Apple

A while back I was taken by the Welsh legend of Corgi dogs pulling faery coaches. It’s something I want to paint, but would be very complex and take scads of time – just in research alone to figure out what the coach and harnesses would look like, and figuring out the perspective.

But the Doodlewash prompt of fairy tale made me think of it, and I thought it would be interesting if there was a frog coachman and an apple coach. So I did a very quick, very rough concept sketch.

I’ll keep it on file and maybe one of these days I’ll actually do something like this.

Tools:

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“Tick Tock,” said the Penguin Clock


I’m working on two reviews, a tutorial and my book so this week I’ll be posting quick sketches and may miss a day or two.

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Mechanical Colored Pencil in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book

Tools:

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Groundhog – Postcard for the Lunch Bag


Did you know that groundhog dens are so complex that they have their own bathroom chamber?

Artwork: Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press Collection paper. Photo reference courtesy of katya-guseva0 on Pixabay.

Tools:

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Winter Drumlins


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 prompt: Reflections. The snow reflects the colors from the sky.

Did you know that algae can turn snow green, red, blue, yellow or brown in altitudes of 10,000-12,000 feet?

I doubt a sky like this would ever happen in real life, but I like what was happening and went for it.

Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle cold press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo courtesy of susnpics at Pixabay.

Tools:

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Dawn with Giraffe-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Dawn

Did you know that a giraffe only needs about 30 minutes of sleep a day? They can and do sleep longer, and do sleep lying down for short periods. But mostly they sleep standing up with one eye open and both ears moving.

Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo courtesy of AnteKante at Pixabay.

Tools:

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You can find Zebra pen products here.

Red Panda-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Green

Did you know that red pandas have to eat for up to 13 hours a day? They eat the new green leaves of the bamboo, which are so poor nutritionally, so daily marathon eating is necessary for their health.

Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo by Pexels on Pixabay.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find one near you.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

Puppy on Ice


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Puppy

Did you know that in 2015, Otto the Bulldog set the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest human tunnel travelled through by a skateboarding dog’, by skateboarding between the legs of 30 people. Way to go Otto!

Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo courtesy of vlaaitje on Pixabay.

Tools:

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You can find Zebra pen products here.

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