drawing Tag

Here is my second instalment of sharing my sketchbook spreads. This week, I took inspiration from the page of teacups I did as part of the Creative Bug Daily Drawing Challenge. The designs were screaming greeting card designs, which I did in one day. The next day I had sold half of the collection.

It goes to show that drawing leads to ideas, which then leads to opportunities and it’s made me feel positive about my work in this new year.

Here are a few pages for you to enjoy this week:

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As promised, I am starting as I intend to go on this year, by posting my sketchbook spreads. Drawing in my sketchbook has only recently become a thing for me. Before, I used to dive into digital work with barely a rough. You can read about my drawing story HERE.

It’s really satisfying completing a whole spread of a book with icons, using ink and brush pens to really finish the piece. I have even managed to turn one or two spreads into finished pieces of artwork.

My aim is to have these pages as reference pages too, for future work.

I’m also currently taking the Daily Drawing Challenge on Creativebug, run by Lisa Congden. There is a theme every day, accompanied by a bite size video, and it offers you a chance to draw an object in many different ways. It’s a great warm up exercise and you can follow along HERE.

I’ll post more next month.

DDC_01_AlicePotter Flowers Spread_Alice Potter

Paisley Spread_Alice Potter

Leaves Spread_Alice Potter

Leaves Alice Potter

I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but as an illustrator, I rarely sit down and draw. I have got away with it for so long now, working immediately in Illustrator, and never touching a pencil, that it had become normal. It’s a terrible admission, I know, but I am honestly beginning to rectify it.

Last week, I brought myself some new materials which are listed below and switched on the Creativebug video by Lisa Congdon on drawing. Her approach to drawing inspired me to commit to the sketchbook again.

Here is a list of the materials I brought:

  1. Graphgear 1000 technical pencil by Pentel in size 7
  2. Graphik black line drawing pen by Derwent in sizes 0.5 and 0.8
  3. Tombow ABT brush pen in a variety of colours

My ultimate aim is to enjoy drawing again rather than seeing it as somewhat of a chore.

This is one of my first spreads after watching the Creativebug class:

Alice Potter Illustration Flower Drawing in sketchbook

Alice Potter Illustration Flower Drawing in sketchbook

I will keep you updated here as I progress with my challenge and re-learning.

And why don’t you give the gift of creativity with this link and get 12 months free for yourself too over on Creativebug

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