Happy summer – officially! Are you excited? This summer I plan on making lots and lots of art, so I wanted to show you some of my recent drawings before I made too much to fit in one post. 😉
ALSO, in honor of summer, everything on my Etsy shop is 30% off through this weekend only! So yeah, definitely check that out, especially if you’ve been eyeing some of my products for a while and were waiting for the right time to purchase them. 😉
Now, ready for some art? Let’s do this!
We shall start with the sketchbook itself. I painted the front because it was originally a textured rusty color I didn’t find very inspiring. 😛 I like how it turned out!
The first page is always a little scary, am I right? I figure it’s a good place to put a favorite quote, so I did. I’m not super proud of the hand lettering here, but ah well.
Okay, be prepared for a LOT of flowers in this sketchbook. 😛 On the left I just sketched several different types of flowers for inspiration. On the right I made a simple watercolor of poppies which I think is pretty cute. 🙂
Left: I drew this for a coloring page contest that Girl Defined was hosting. I was one of the winners – yay! I might color it in myself eventually. It’s awfully tempting. XD
Right: Gouache wildflowers, page 1 of 2. I made these for an art print which turned out great, but OH MY. It took forever!
Left: Sketches for future Narnia envelopes. I’ll show you the real art for them later in the post. 😉
Right: Gouache wildflowers, page 2 of 2. See the finished print here.
Left: Various face sketches, ranging from horrible to okay. XD I’m trying to get better at making up faces and characters without looking at a reference. IT’S HARD, GUYS. Not my strong suite, but I’m working on it!
Right: I’m much more pleased with this handlettering. 🙂 In fact, I made it into a printable for the shop! You can see it here.
Left: a quick little watercolor self-portrait for a “meet the artist” post on my Etsy Instagram account. (The handle is @thecolorboxstudio if you’d like to follow along!)
Right: Narnia envelope design, 1 of 3. Featuring Lucy and Mr. Tumnus’ first meeting. 😀
Left: Random watercolor doodles with some excellent new brushes I got from Rosemary & Co.
Right: Narnia envelope design, 2 of 3. Featuring the iconic lamppost of Narnia. 😀
Left: A sad looking alphabet + a few numbers. HAHA. I was trying out some new brush pens and did this instead of a swatch page to test the colors.
Right: Narnia envelope design, 3 of 3. This is probably my favorite of the series! ❤ You can see the finished envelopes here.
Left: More people practice. I’m actually quite pleased with how these girls turned out. Tasha is my favorite – what about you?
Right: Some summery graphics for an e-magazine I contribute to. 🙂
Left: For some reason I was really in the mood to use my new Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens, so I picked this great but long quote by Charles Spurgeon to hand-letter. 🙂 I created the drawing at the bottom with the Tombows + my other brush pens.
Right: A pretty watercolor cosmos for the gallery wall in our bedroom. (Room tour coming soon!) I made this into a printable, which you can see here.
Left: Even more people practice. 😛 We’d just bought a big pack of colored G-2 Pilot Pens, so I used them to practice sketching with pens instead of pencils. I actually like how at least some of the faces turned out!
Right: Another pretty flower for our gallery wall. 🙂 You can find a printable for it here.
Left: Another piece for the e-magazine. I really like my new brush pens, hee hee!
Right: I painted these two gouache pieces after watching a video on Aliki Karkoulia’s YouTube channel, which I highly recommend. She makes such colorful, unique gouache paintings that I was inspired to paint a couple of my own. Which one is your favorite?
Left: Are you surprised? :’D Apparently the theme of this sketchbook is people and flowers. I really like the two characters I created here, especially the top one. I used some off-brand alcohol ink markers to color their shirts, but since markers bleed through this paper, I drew the characters on two index cards and then taped them into my sketchbook with washi tape. I think it looks really neat! I’ll have to do it more often.
Right: Ooh, I like this one! Yep, it’s another piece for our gallery wall, and yep, I also made it into a printable. XD
Left: A quote for our gallery wall, but I didn’t make this into a printable… yet. 😉
Right: For some reason I really felt like painting barn swallows which fly around our house all the time. But I didn’t feel like painting realistically, so they ended looked more like bluebirds… and I just went with it. XD
Left: Another page for my Instagram account. 🙂 Also, I’m planning to post a summer playlist on here very soon, so keep an eye open for that!
Right: I painted this random band-aid-shaped pattern when I was feeling rather demotivated and uninspired, to try and get back into the groove. :’D I couldn’t decide whether I should outline the pattern or not, so I did both. 😛 Which side do you prefer?
Left: I’m not finished with this page, but so far these are some sketches for a possible sticker design! I’m thinking about adding stickers to my shop. What do you guys think? Would you (hypothetically) want to buy that sort of thing?
Right: This is the first design in my newest envelope art series which I still haven’t finished. I think it turned out lovely and I look forward to painting the other designs!
Now we’re caught up with my sketchbook, so I shall end with a few random art pieces I’ve created recently. This one is a sort of sample for a watercolor art class I’m planning to teach at a local homeschool co-op next school year! I’m really excited but also really nervous. : Prayers would be appreciated. ❤
Blech, sorry for the terrible picture. O.o Anyway, I painted this for Enni’s birthday a while ago, since she really likes LOTR. XD Good ol’ Gandalf.
I’m really excited about this project! I’m working on a Bible verse card set for my Etsy shop which will include twelve watercolor prints. I haven’t got the cards all ordered yet, but I hope to soon!
This was a really fun and challenging custom order I got to paint from a photo. How sweet is this?? ❤
And last but not least, my friend Aria commissioned me to do this painting of their cows. I think it turned out so cute!
Phew, that was a lot of art! I hope this post inspired you to get out your own sketchbook; I know art posts often do that to me! If you enjoyed my art, I’d be delighted if you followed my Etsy account, @thecolorboxstudio, to see fun art videos, progress shots, the newest products, and other artsy things. 🙂 You can also find it by going to my blog sidebar and scrolling down to the Instagram section. Much obliged, my friends!
Which piece of art was your favorite? Do you like drawing made-up characters, or do you prefer drawing from a photo reference? Do you have an art account I can check out too?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!