Tree sketch in my new sketchbook!

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This was a sketchbook that I bought with the intention of using as a travel journal. Which I did, for a while, until I realized… I don’t really have a use for a travelling journal. I don’t travel this much lately anyway and also, it’s simply not really my thing.

Anyways, I am really proud of this tree sketch that I started yesterday and finished today. It’s my first page and it kicks ass!!

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I’m growing very fond of Faber Castell’s PITT Artist Pens, to be quite honest. I loved them from the start and, although I didn’t really know how to use them properly, I knew it was the sh*t! And now that I’m getting used to them, I can only confirm how amazing they are! My favorite has to be the soft brush types because it gives me so much freedom of movements. And also, guys, the colors are !!!!!!

So, here’s a side to side of my tree and the reference tree outside of my house:

 

 

I really enjoyed doing that!

For one, because drawing outside is actually pretty fun! And also, because this little pointillism thing I’ve got going on for the leaves is both fun to do and beautiful!

So happy with this! And looking forward to filling out this sketchbook!

 

I still have another brand new sketchbook to start filling also! It’s an A4 one that I bought a couple months back cos it was 10€ instead of 25 or something!

There’s no such thing as too many sketchbooks though, am I right? Haha

Until next post, cherish Nature, please! ❤

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A little sketch for Esther!

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to share with you something I drew the other day for my dear friend, E!

It is a wibbly wobbly sketch of one of the pictures we took while in Kilkenny together! Some of the proportions don’t make sense but I still think it’s lovely. Surely doesn’t bring out the beauty of her hand, though. Hehe

She is going back to her homeland pretty soon and I will miss her dearly. So, I just keep making stuff for her. Filling them with love and the silent wish that I never fade in her memories.

We always have such a good time together and it makes me so happy to know that I can trust her with my head and heart.

Three cheers for friendship!

Afternoon tree sketches

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The kids went out to play this afternoon. As it was really sunny, I grabbed a sketchbook and some pens in the hopes of sketching some nature.

I started out with one tree but quickly gave up as it was too naked and had too many branches for the little focus I could give it as I was keeping an eye on the kids at the same time!

Then, Emily joined me and we decided to work on the same tree. She quickly doodled hers all the while crying out several “Come on, Chloë, it’s easy! Come on, you can do it!”. Haha

I used my Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens and wow, it was so much fun! Sadly, I didn’t get to finish the colored sketch because the rain cut our afternoon short! But it was loads of fun!

I particularly enjoy the soft brush ones because they’re so flexible. You can make thick and super thin lines with them! And it flows so well on the paper! I find it a shame that my colored ones are simply brushes because they didn’t give me that much freedom of movement.

With Emily’s help, also, I used some fallen leaves and a flower to pretty up my “tree skeleton” and the result was very pleasing to look at!

It was a relaxing moment. Although the sun kept changing every minute and it was hard to keep up and get the right amount of light and shadows! Haha But I’m really happy with the result even though it is not finished!

I’m going to be posting another art related thing a little later on, so stay tuned if you’re interested! It’s a personal project that I’m sharing in hopes to inspire you and so that maybe you’ll join me and it’ll become a thing!

Cheers! ❤

Dream Haven, pastel on paper, 03.21.2018

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Ah, finally another of my creations! Not as impressive as my Bob Ross attempt, huh? I love it though!

It’s just a little cat sleeping on a hill like…

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Alright, I only now realized that this picture is… well…. And as much as I could go up in my room get my drawing and take a better one, I won’t.

Goodnight!

Until next post, make sure you kill the lazy monster in you before it takes over your life! ❤

 

Pastel winter landscape, 02.01.18

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Back in February I followed a pastel tutorial and managed to create a very good landscape:

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I’m not so very used to using pastel, which is why I followed the tutorial in the first place, but so far, all I’ve made with that media have been okay! This and also the Bob Ross one!

I’ve learned a couple of things following this tutorial which I’ll link here if you want to try it out for yourself! And well, just like with everything, mastery comes with practice.

I kinda wish this was actually a creation of my own because it is beautiful, only, in the end it is just a frail copy of somebody else’s work. I hope I can one day create something as wonderful as this and Change of Season on my own!

I’m still very proud of it though! It was a first try so sure, it is a little wobbly here and there! But I still love it! The colors are vibrant and that big tree in the foreground is very close to being magnificent. There’s room for improvement (thank God) but there’s also room for praise. So let’s do both, alright? Keep working hard and keep celebrating those baby steps!

Until next post, keep reaching for those dreams! ❤

P.S.: I’ve made another pastel drawing last week actually but I will post it on Friday so as to let my blog breathe a bit, hehe this one is almost two months late so, can’t complain… 😛

My first adventure with Bob Ross

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Oh, hi everyone! It’s been a while. I know. February took very unexpected turns but it is none of worries today. (I’ll definitely write about it later on, to reclaim my sanity!)

This post is about something bright and something I’m proud of!

I remember ever since I introduced the kids I mind to Bob Ross, Emily has been asking me when I would try to paint like him because he is “SOOO COOOL” and “WE LOVE BOB ROSS” and today we had the perfect conditions. Well, not so perfect since Emily wasn’t feeling good but it allowed us to chill. We were just going to do some simple drawing to wait and see if her headache would go away but then I had the idea! And finally, I got to try and create with Bob Ross!! ❤

I’d just like to point how amazing Emily and Adam are though. For one, for liking Bob Ross (among so many other “old” awesome stuff) but also for their patience, man… Emily had to sit this one out but Adam stuck through it. It took us one hour and a half to complete his 30 minutes painting and Adam kept at it. Sure, by the end of it he was getting a lil bit tired of it but… That is still 200% amazing, ain’t it?

Anyway. The painting we tried to reproduce was Change of Seasons and you can watch it on YouTube if you want to (and maybe try it out for yourself! 😉 ). I already knew it wouldn’t be as easy as he makes it seem, but, to make it even harder, I was using pastels instead of actual paint. Obviously, it was a chill afternoon and I didn’t wanna get too messy with my acrylics!

Here’s a side to side of Adam’s and mine:

Overall, I am really proud of what I did! And proud of Adam for being so into it!

It was hard to follow him; he’s super fast! I had to pause every change of color (at least!) and then unpause ten minutes later when I was done catching up! Ha ha

But I was simply struggling with the pastel itself. I’m still not very used to the media even though the winter landscape tutorial I followed last month helped me understand it better (Oops! I forgot to post it on here… Will do later, promise!). The main struggle was that the colors kept mixing. Like, for example when trying to get some white on the mountains, it would just mix with the dark brown underneath. Basically, everything with the palette knife was hard for me to reproduce with pastels.

Also, I ran out of space for the whole painting. At first I was like, “oh, his canvas is square and my paper is rectangle….” but it didn’t hit me that I would run out of space instead of having too much! When I got to the mountain, I got way too excited because it was so fun and they came out very nicely. And so we went on, and then I realize that he has loads of dark paint left under the mountains and I look at my page and… Oops! I still managed to fit a little bit of water at the very bottom of the page though! Ha ha ha

“No mistakes, just happy accidents”

It was loads of fun though. And I loved how Adam was really into it too! Not as hard as I expected but still hard, especially with my silly pastels instead of brushes. Without a doubt, it was a lovely activity to end the afternoon!

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I’ve always thought that Bob Ross & chill would be a perfect date for me. And after that, I can only confirm it would be the most perfect one! Not necessarily for a date either! I think it is a nice bonding experience! Whether it be with a friend, a family member or your lover; YES.

It might not be as relaxing as you’d expect it to be. Sometimes it is more of a Panic! with Bob Ross than “Chill” but it is fun! And once you’re done, you can only be proud of having made a thing, no matter what it looks like.

This literally made me so happy! Wow!

I’ll leave you with a slideshow of my progression. Pretty sure it took us around an hour and a half but I didn’t check exactly so I can’t really tell. He he.

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Until next post, keep the light on! ❤