A series of posts using photographs and text to describe my journey learning to illustrate using pen, ink and watercolour. I show all the tips and hints I have discovered as well as a pictorial record of my progress, often comparing mediums; watercolour vs pen drawing vs Photoshop.

Believe you can 600px

Watercolour metals challenge: Day 6, Embracing the serendipitous

Or, it just might not turn out as you first expected… and that’s ok too. Another way of looking at the idea that it’s the journey that most matters and the destination is often a surprise bonus. This is my 6th charm in my watercolour challenge (read the intro post here I feel that I am working more swiftly, and this…

Watercolour metals challenge: Day 5 “She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes”

Or, how to use Photoshop to help improve your watercolour technique.   Day 5, charm #5. I have been saving this challenge up… I’m quite keen to start but nervous…  It’s the star in the centre, a delicious opportunity to indulge in watercolour shadows and highlights to tell the story, to make the star ‘pop’ out from the flat page. My first…

Heart charm for blog

Watercolour metals challenge: Day 4 Speed golf & the art of letting loose

Day 4 of the watercolour challenge… painting metals for 7 days.   I’m still finding my feet in terms of my preferred watercolour style.  I have been reading about and looking at several different styles that can be achieved using the watercolour medium.  They range from very tight to very loose.  Think delicate and accurate botanical art vs bleeding edges…