Fan Art: Drawing June from The Handmaids Tale {Sketchbook Sunday}

Hi friends! Last night I finished watching season 3 of The Handmaids Tale. This Hulu series was based on a book by Margaret Atwood and I can’t wait to read the sequel The Testaments.

I loved the acting by Elizabeth Moss so much that I decided to draw her portrait for sketchbook Sunday. You can see the time lapse below. A real-time version of this tutorial will be available in Critique Club in a couple of days.

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If you are new to drawing and would like an in-depth beginner drawing class consider my online course Learn to Draw with Lindsay where I teach you how to draw what you see without gimmicks. You can learn more about it here. Have a creative week!

Whimsical Deer in Watercolor Real Time Tutorial

Hi freinds! Today we are going to paint this fun, colorful deer!

Watch the video and draw and paint along! You can do it!

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Happy painting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Using Powder Blender for the First Time!

Hi friends! As a reward for completing Inktober I decided to treat myself to a supply I have been curious about for a while: Brush and Pencil Colored Pencil Powder Blender. During my research I realized that this was not going to be a cheap endeavor. The colored pencil blender itself s $7, but I did some research and realized that I would need need fixative and special sanded paper. At that point I figured if I was going down this road I would get the other accessories that round out the experience. Although pricey, I knew that I would definitely use the sanded paper and fixatives with pastels if the powder blender was a bust so I decided to give it a try. The products arrived two days ago, here is my fist attempt:

For best results with powder blender you want to use oil based pencils (all regular colored pencils contain both oil and wax but pencils regarded as oil based have a lower percentage of wax) which is fine by me because I have Polychromos and I don’t use them that much as I favor the thicker waxy more opaque Prismacolors. That said sanded paper is just what is sounds like, sandpaper, and it wears down your pencils like crazy! Since I didn’t want to “waste” my expensive Polychomos on a practice piece I grabbed my affordable Art-n-Fly pencils as they are oil based and $20 for a set of $48 so i can afford to experiment without it being too precious. The paper is precious enough LOL! (I only used half a sheet on this) 😀 BTW the reason you want to use “oil” based and not “wax” based pencils is because the wax wants to ball up and get gummy when you add the powder blender. If you have any pencils that feel kinda dry they will work fine. The Arteza pencils worked pretty well too. I was able to use Prismacolors for final details that I didn’t belnd out at the end tho. If you are curious as to how this all went together please watch the time lapse.

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My friend Lisa has a wonderful tutorial using these products. I highly recommend you check this out if you are thinking about trying these products.

It’s not to often that I find something really new and innovative to try. I think the technique of layering the pencils with the powder and fixative is really cool. You can approximate this at home as I did last month with panpastel and the workable fixative I had. The sanded (or gessoed) paper and oil based pencils makes all the difference here. I think anything that is powdery would work to blend as the pencils want to blend on the sanded paper even with no product because the grit shaves off pencil as you color making it’s own powder. That said I like supporting innovative companies and I do like that fixative, touch up texture and titanium white powder and knowing it won’t scratch off will save me on some mixed media work. You can feel OK to substitute with what you have on hand to see f you like the process before dropping $50+ on the whole shebang. I don’t regret my purchase. I think my first try was pretty successful and I look forward to using it again. One more thing I wanted to mention is Alyona Nickelsen, the woman who invented this system, has a book that I am currently reading called The Colored Pencil Bible and it is wonderful! I got the kindle version and I am about halfway through. So far there is no mention of the powder blender (I think she wrote it before inventing the product) but she does talk about shaving colored pencil leads for similar effects. It’s worth a look especially if you like Prismacolor pencils as that is what she mainly uses in the book! I hope you enjoyed my Sunday Experimentation and til next time happy crafting!

Inktober 2019 Wrap Up! How did I do?

Hi friends! I did it, 31 drawings in 31 days! I am so glad I finished Inktober this year because I noticed improvement from day 1 to day 31. You can see the drawing in today’s video and learn a bit about the process. It’s long and chatty so be forewarned:)

I kept to my theme of drawing hands and also went with the Inktober prompts. With those strict guidelines I allowed myself some leeway with the supplies I used. They all contained some ink even if it was just a scant outline. Here are my go-to supplies but others were used as well.

My inktober supplies:

Here are the sketches I did this week. You can see week 1 sketches here, week 2 sketches here, week 3 sketches here and week 4 sketches here.

Day 28 prompt “Ride” I use black fine-liner and watercolors with colored pencil accents on this.

Day 29 “Injured” This was alcohol marker, black fine liner and pen and colored pencil accents.

Day 30 “Catch I wanted to do a mystical scene (catch a falling star meets crystal ball fortune teller) I used fine-liner to outline my hand sketch and ball and painted the background with 2 layers of black watercolor, then lifted out smaller circles and added metallic watercolors and flicked on metallic watercolors for the background. I used watercolors, colored pencil and metallic watercolors on the hand. I like to draw watches, several of my hands were wearing watches, I rarely wear a watch tho LOL!

Day 31 “Ripe” I drew a smelly sock (hubby’s idea!) but I wish I went with more of an athletic looking sock and used wavy lines rather than swirly flourishes for the stink-lines. I had to add flies to make sure I got the “stink” across. I used alcohol markers with colored pencil and acrylic pen accents.

I had to take a day off after Inktober and honestly I felt a bit of a let down not having a challenge to work on so I decided for November I am going to do a mini oil painting a day. I used to paint in oils all the time and I have loads of small canvas panels. Maybe some of them will be nice enough to give as Christmas gifts. I think I will shoot for 5 days a week, not every day because I would really like to take a day off per week. If you have been wanting to challenge yourself and grow as an artist I highly recommend trying a monthly challenge. There are so many to find online. If you would like to join a small group of artists that are growing their skills and get feedback from me on your current work check out my Critique Club and see if that is right for you. We would love to have you!

Did you do inktober? Let me know what you think below and til next time keep creating!

Victorian Rose Watercolor

Hi friends! Today I have a relaxing pen and ink with watercolor tutorial for you!

This botanical style vintage heirloom rose is fun to draw with a waterproof pen and then watercolor over. I painted this on a greeting card but you can work whatever size you like.

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I hope you try a pen & Ink with watercolor project soon! Just a reminder, today is the last day to save 50% on my Watercolor Landscape Workshop with coupon code FALLCOLOR or Learn to Draw with Lindsay with coupon code INKTOBER. *Links above should contain the discount but use the coupon code if discount does not appear. That reminds me, I need to get my final Inktober drawing done! I’ll post a wrap up in a couple of days. Til then Happy crafting!

Inktober Week 4 Wrap Up & Drawing Hands Painting Nails

Hi friends! I have made it to day 27 in the Inktober art challenge and each day I have used the official prompt and stuck to my theme of drawing hands. Here is today’s endeavor…

You can see a time-lapse of this creation and some relaxing swatching here:

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Below are the other hand drawings I did this week!

Day 21 “Treasure” watercolor, fineliner and colored pencil sketch.
Day 22 “Ghost” (I was inspired by the pottery scene from the movie ghost) Watercolor and Paint pen.
Day 23 “Ancient” And I drew an old-timey candlestick phone with india ink and acrylic paint pen. (I figure if an iPhone5 is antique this qualifies as ancient LOL!)
Day 24 Dizzy Watercolor and paint pen
Day 25 “Tasty” I used gessoed matboard and colored pencils with pan pastel blender in this experiment.
Day 26 “Dark” this is alcohol marker and colored pencil with hints of paint pen.

Just a reminder…

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Offer ends 10/31/19.

I’m off to bed! Inktober has been making for some late nights but it has been a great challenge and lots of fun! Happy creating!

Watercolor Mushroom: A Botanical Perfect for Beginners!

Hi friends! Last summer while on vacation I painted a little mushroom in my sketchbook and shared it on Instagram. I had a few requests for a tutorial but I knew I spent quite bit of time on it and I didn’t know how to boil it down into a quick tutorial. Recently though many viewers have told me that they don’t mind the longer videos especially if they are learning so I decided to make a tutorial and take as long as it needed to teach.

This painting is done mainly in watercolor and you can keep it 100% watercolor if you like. I like accents of colored pencils and white pen but if you don’t you can omit them and it will still be lovely. Watch the video and learn how. BTW often what makes a project more advanced isn’t complexity but the time you have to put in to it. This will take time but I have no doubt that you can do this.

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Just a Reminder…

You have one week left to save 50% on my class Learn to Draw with Lindsay (use coupon INKTOBER if discount doesn’t apply automatically) or Watercolor Landscape Workshop (Use coupon code FALLCOLOR if discount doesn’t show up) so you can improve your art in a relaxed pace, ad-free environment and get direct feedback from me in the classroom. Offer good on one-time purchase class, ends 10/31/19. I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson and til next time happy crafting!





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