Archive | May 2013

Blue Dreams – Work in Progress

Blue Dreams. Work in progress #1

I am still focusing on getting the negative space coloured in. Doing those tiny little circles with a pencil takes soo much time! Using black on blue and blue on black in order to shade.

Inspiring Artists on YouTube

YouTube has become not only a learning place but also source of inspiration for me. It is a way for me to delve into the world of art. In this blog I will – now and then – present artists which I love to watch, be it because I like the way they present their art, or because they do good tutorials or because I love their art.

MissLeilaniJoy is one of my favorite artists on YouTube. Artwise there’s a big difference between the art she creates and the things I do, but: She presents her art in a way which makes me watch the video from the beginning to the end.

Here you can watch her latest video:


My coloured pencils

My coloured pencils.

Actually these are not all my pencils. I’ve got my reds and yellows in a separate tin, because in the meantime I`ve got too many pencils for this very useful pencil roll.

Most of my pencils are Faber-Castell Polychromos and Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer. The latter are watercolour pencils which I use as “normal” coloured pencils. I like those FCs very much, but I also own some Pablos from Caran d’Ache and some colourstripes from Lyra.

Quite some time ago, when I decided to try out coloured pencils, I bought a tin with 12 pencils, and from that on I added one pencil or two pencils at a time, depending on what I was going to draw.

I still have got my “first” pencils, but they are getting shorter and shorter, and soon I will have to replace them. Some of them I won’t replace because I don’t really like the colours, some of them I definitely will.


Parrot Tulip

Parrot tulip. Coloured pencils, May 2013

This is another example of the fact that looking at your online drawing shows you all the things which still have to be done. I thought I could call it finished, but I still need to work on the contrast – some parts of the drawing/painting still need to be darkened. Well,,,


Spring. Abstract done with the watercolour tool in Artrage. May 2013

I really enjoyed painting this one. I experimented again with the watercolour tool – tried out various settings on two layers. I also used the chalk tool, because I wanted to have a contrast between the softness or even blurriness of the digital watercolours and the clear cut lines of the chalk.

I call the painting “spring” because in my imagination I can see the pink blossoms of the cherry and the apple tree.



Young reptile

Young reptile. Artrage, May 2013

For the first time I worked with one of the free textures you can find on the web. I also played around with the watercolour tool and the various settings you can choose with this tool.

Pink Abstract

Pink Abstract. Artrage digital painting, May 2013

One of my goals with Artrage is to explore the watercolour tool and to try out the various settings of the tool. It is fun to let the paint flow digitally!