Hello Summer! Watercolours and Watermelons

Hello!!!

I hope you’re all enjoying summer so far! This is my second summer in Japan and I cannot get enough of the sunshine and hot weather! Last year I felt like I was melting into my cereal every morning and sweating through everything, all the time, but this year I seem to have adapted a little bit to the heat.

This month has been all about eating watermelon, growing vegetables, having water fights and fireworks! So different to my lifestyle back in the UK and I LOVE IT!

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Here is a little watercolour experiment inspired by my watermelon addiction. I’m still new to watercolours but I’m having so much fun trying them out and find it really relaxing.

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Want to Draw but Lack Inspiration?

Have you ever wanted to draw but been stuck for what to draw? I’ve recently realised that you can really draw anything. Of course, that’s stating the obvious but I’ve started seeing day to day things more as drawing inspiration. Like when I had to get off my bike because I saw the cutest little chicks cheeping from a nest then a mummy bird swooped in and fed them all. So adorable! I took photos on my phone but they were rubbish so I painted it.

The great thing about painting is that you can enhance and embellish!

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I even painted some weeds over the weekend. They were pretty weeds!

I’ve been exploring water colours a bit over the past couple of weeks and I’m really enjoying it. The effects you can get from mixing colours can be so gorgeous.

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Brexit! Spread the Love!

Just a quick post today of a painting I did in response to Brexit and the amount of hate and bitterness coming out of the UK over the past few days. Many of us are in complete shock over what happened and I just want to do my part by spreading as much love and positivity as possible. Love wins!!! xxx

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Developing an Illustration Style

Hello!

Something I’ve been working on this year is developing an illustration style. I know what I like but I want to make something unique to me. Recently I’ve been copying other artists and then taking elements I like, mixing them together and seeing what happens. My last post was all about the copying the illustration style Akira Ebihara, who I love. This time I’ve copied her techniques, incorporated some of my own and some that I’ve learned elsewhere.

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I used this image that I found on www.vogue.co.uk as my source for composition. I initially started drawing this, just to practice drawing but decided to develop it further.

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I Sara-fied it a little by adding some hearts and a cat then scanned it into photoshop.

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In photoshop, I decided I felt more like having a beachy vibe than a hearty vibe so changed it up again.

I used Akira Ebihara’s collage like technique for some components of the background.

My current project is totally different yet again! For now I’m enjoying trying out different things and seeing what happens!

I hope you’re having a great weekend.

xxx

Illustration Tutorials – Akira Ebihara (My Latest Obsession)

Hello my lovies!

I hope spring is treating you well. I’ve been super lucky with a string of visitors coming to see me from the UK. I’ve had a busy busy May travelling, partying hard at the Hamamatsu kite festival and enjoying quality time with good friends that I don’t see nearly enough now that I’ve move to the other side of the world (Japan).

Throughout the month, I also started a new job and been ticking away at working on ‘finding my style’…whatever that really means.

So here is what’s been happening at my desk this month. I’ve been obsessed with the illustrator Akira Ebihara. Her work is just gorgeous. I discovered her when I was given an illustration book with tutorials by 15 different artists.

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Her work instantly caught my eye and I decided to copy her drawings and follow along with her tutorial.

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I’m really happy with the final outcome. Although it took me ages, I’ve become more familiar with digital painting and learned a lot of new techniques. I’m exited to take elements of her style and process and change it into something of my own.

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Digital Painting – Spring Time Flowers

Last week was cherry blossom week here in Japan. Every year Japan goes nuts over cherry blossom season. People have picnics and parties under the trees, get drunk, do karaoke and have a great time.

I took my 93 year old gran out of her nursing home for the day to breathe in the fresh spring air and look at the beautiful cherry blossom. Whilst the cherry blossom was, of course, stunning as expected, what really struck me was the tulips! I didn’t know, until last year, that this is also tulip season.

This week, rather than drawing lots of quick drawings, I spent all of my time one more detailed drawing. I’m still experimenting with different tools and techniques for digital painting and I guess this week’s picture is a bit more traditional looking.

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Below are the flowers which I drew in a separate document. I copy and pasted them and edited them so they face different ways at different angles.

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Happy spring time!!!

xxx