How to Sketch with Watercolour and Ink (Ink and Wash)

In this video, Sandra creates a sketch of a woman using a variety of pens which make different marks. After an initial sketch using a mechanical pencil, she creates the drawing outline using a Lamy Safari Fountain Pen with Noodlers Bulletproof ink.

The Platinum Fountain pen is used for the facial features and the vertical hatching.

The Pentel Japanese Brush Pen is used to draw the shadows and strong black of the woman’s clothing.

drawing pens

When the ink is dry some simple wet on wet watercolour is applied to finish off the drawing.

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How to Draw a Semi Abstract Face Using Neocolor ii

In this video, Tara shows you how you can use a distortion app to distort a face. This can then be the inspiration for a semi-abstract face drawing. Of course, you could also use an app to distort other things like street scenes or images of animals that you could also use as inspiration. The app we are using is called Face and Body Photo Editor, but there are many similar apps available. You could also use apps like Photoshop, Gimp (free) or Krita to distort a photo on a computer.

The distorted face is then used as a starting point for the abstract face drawing. First, Tara creates an underpainting using watercolour just to map out where the abstract face will be. This also means that there won’t be so much white showing through the pastel later on.

watercolour underpainting abstract face

Then Neocolor 2 wax pastels are used starting with the darks and working to lighter colours. Finally, some sweeping lines are added in black around the facial features.

necolor semi abstract face pastel drawing

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How to Draw a Face with a Brush, Ink and Water

Sandra demonstrates how to draw a face using a waterproof pen, brush ink and water. She starts with a waterproof Fineline pen to draw the basic shapes. Then to add shading and the hair she uses brushes with Quink Ink.

She is using a textured watercolour paper which gives a nice dry brush type effect for the hair. The ink is applied in a similar manner to watercolour using a brush. You can achieve soft effects by using a wet on wet technique.

For the highlights, Sandra leaves some areas of the drawing white. Then for additional highlights, she uses a white gel pen.

Woman face drawing brush ink water

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How to Draw Cartoon Faces for Beginners

In this video, we show you how you can draw cartoon faces using a reference photo as a starting point. First, we show a very simple cartoon face that even a complete beginner can draw by using a few simple shapes. A simple cartoon face like this can be used to create your own comic story.

Then we show how to draw a slightly more complex cartoon face. We use the same reference photo for this, but this time draw a more realistic face shape. Then we create exaggerated features like very large eyes and eyelashes.

Sandra, who usually paints very realistically, then shows some of the cartoon faces that she has been working on to go with a story we have written.

What sort of cartoon face do you want to create? Why not create a cartoon of your own face. If you’re a beginner you could create a really simple circular face style cartoon. Once you get the hang of that, try a more complex cartoon with a little more detail.

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London Urban Sketching Day – Drawing People Outside and Inside

This is a video round-up of our sketching day in London recently.

We both love sketching people from life and there were plenty to practice. We started sketching in Covent Garden, then on the Embankment to draw people outside at the food stalls and finally drew a few more people in the National Gallery cafe (it was freezing outside).

musicians covent garden

Musicians Covent Garden

 musicians drawing people london urban sketching

Embankment London

Embankment London

 

Every artist should wear a beret

Every artist should wear a beret

 

National Gallery Cafe people sketch family

National Gallery Cafe People Sketch

 

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How to Draw Ears for Beginners Step by Step

In this drawing tutorial, we show beginner artists how to draw ears in a really simple way. We start by showing some quick and easy ear sketches using a pen and a water brush. This gives a nice soft shading effect to the ear sketches. In the next drawing, we draw a more detailed ear using hatching for shading.

When you are drawing ears or anything else for that matter, try and forget what it is you are drawing and instead concentrate on only the shapes and shadows. Use reference photos to help you draw ears accurately.

Ear Drawing

Ear drawing pen hatching

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Quirky Cartoon Ideas Inspired by Household Objects

In this video, we show you how to get ideas to create cartoon characters, from everyday household objects. For the cartoon drawing demonstration, Tara finds inspiration from a guitar, a wifi booster (or boofer as Sandra calls it) and a lampshade! But you can use any objects you find around you, to get inspiration for your cartoon.

First, walk around your home and garden and take photos of interesting objects. Try taking them at different angles too. Choose your favourite reference photo and use it as a starting point for your cartoon. Sketch out some cartoon ideas based on your object.

 cartoon inspiration from a guitar

Once you are happy with your cartoon sketches, try adding some colour. We used brush pens to colour in ours, but you could use markers, coloured pencils, paint or even create a digital cartoon.

cartoon from wifi booster

Tools Used

This homemade art subscription-style box contained:

+ Ecoline Brush Pens
+ Sharpie Marker
+ Stationery Island Brush pens

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Urban Sketching Stools and Chairs Review

In this Art Kick Sunday Video we look at some Urban Sketching Chairs and Stools. We test out a rucksack stool, a fold-up travel painting stool and a lightweight stool that folds up and fits in a bag.

Yellowstone Rucksack stool for sketching

The Yellowstone Rucksack stool is the most comfortable if you don’t have to far to walk. You can store your urban sketching materials such as sketchbooks and painting materials in the bag section and then convert the backpack to a stool when you have found your plein air painting or drawing location.

Yellowstone rucksack stool drawing

 

Hobbycraft red travel painting stool

The Hobbycraft red travel painting stool is very cheap and cheerful and would be ok for sitting for a short period of time. But because it only has three legs it is not great on uneven ground, for example, if you were urban sketching in a park.

hobbycraft painting stool

Lesfit lightweight stool for Urban Sketching

The Lesfit lightweight stool that folds up into a small bag is incredibly light and compact. It’s a good all-round sketching seat, and is definitely my first choice to take urban sketching at the moment.

lesfit folding lightweight stool sketching

Camping Mat for Sketching Outside

You could also use a folding camping mat to sit on which are very cheap and light to carry around.

camping cushion seat for urban sketching

Tools Used

+ Yellowstone Rucksack stool – https://fave.co/2Iy1YVD
+ Lesfit Portable Folding Stool – https://fave.co/2LTVDFY
+ Hobbycraft Red Travel Painting Stool – https://fave.co/2LZlhJD
+ Folding camping mat – https://fave.co/2p5M9hH

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Urban Watercolour Tips – Sweatband Painting Idea

In this Art Kick Sunday video, Sandra and I try out an Urban Watercolour Tip that we learned from Artist Koosje Koene. Of course, in our usual style, we have to do things a little bit differently and add some art humour 😀.

It’s a great art tip, a sweatband is much more convenient for urban watercolour painting on location than carrying around bits of kitchen roll or a rag to wipe off your brush.

Tools Used

+ Waterbrush – https://fave.co/31XOsSP
+ White Nights Watercolours – https://fave.co/2LY9jzy
+ Sweatbands

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Mystery Box Art Supplies – Pebeo Mixed Media Discovery Set

In today’s video Tara opens a mystery box of art supplies put together by Sandra for just £5.

Just like Sandra and her art box last week, Tara wasn’t overly enamoured by her new art materials! The good thing, though is it pushes you out of your comfort zone to create something new.

Why not get together with an artist friend and create each other a Mystery Art Box. It’s a lot cheaper than forgetting to cancel art subscription sites!

Pebeo mixed media discovery set

Pebeo mixed media discovery paint set

Pebeo Mixed Media Paints can be used to create lots of different paint effects such as honeycomb or metallic effects.

 pebeo paint pour

Here they are used as the starting point for a piece of art by doing a paint pour. This is then developed into creating some face paper art, by cutting the highlights of an image out of white paper.

Tools Used

This homemade art subscription-style box contained:

+ 1 x Art board
+ Pebeo Mixed Media Discovery Set – 6 pack (on offer half price)
+ Pair of Googly Eyes

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Pebeo mixed media face

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