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Sketchbook Snapshots

January 10, 2017

Sketchbooks are perfect for practising, seeing ideas play out, or just to have fun without feeling the pressure. The latter is the main reason I work in my sketchbook. Unwrapping a large white canvas can feel very daunting, but painting in a little sketchbook that you can shut and hide away, feels a lot more secretive and expressive.

I used to adore painting portraits and I stopped for some reason. I think it was because it was always quite difficult and required huge attention to detail. With my floral paintings I found I could relax and be more expressive with my paintbrush. 

So I’ve started with little hints of faces, and I’m loving the relaxed documentation of my thoughts. I’ve love to transfer some of these ideas into a final piece and eventually create a larger painting, but I’m afraid I don’t have a vision for that yet. I’m going to keep working on the expressions and trying to pin down the skin tones and magic in a face. 

I wanted to share what I had so far, and know that a lot more portraits are in the pipeline. Have you ever tried drawing or painting a portrait? They’re a lot more fun than you think. Try it! You can have all sorts of fun with colours. For now, you can keep up-to-date with my artwork on my Instagram here.

Love Katie x

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  • Reply Carolina January 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Those are some seriously amazing paintings, so lovely !

    Carolina 😉

  • Reply Anonymous January 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    These images are exciting! I love the magical look of wonderment in the child’s eyes. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    • Reply Katie Jobling January 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 I have a YouTube video coming soon of me painting some eyes

  • Reply Larry Maule Jr. January 10, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Katie, these facial snapshots are very good! You are a naturally gifted artist, having an ability to paint and create across many genre’s. Your paint application using a blue hue, gives the skin tone an appearance of natural translucence. Could you post some more real-time paintings tutorials? Thank you!

    • Reply Katie Jobling January 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Larry, thank you so much. Yes there should be a YouTube video going up this week with a painting of some eyes

  • Reply Tonia Grantham January 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love this idea. Why type of sketchbook do you like to use? I’ve tried Pentalic field sketch, but it doesn’t have a lot of sheets.

    • Reply Katie Jobling January 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      I’ve used moleskine. The watercolour sketchbook is really good but the art sketchbook has yellow sheets which I didn’t love. I’m desperate to find the perfect one!

  • Reply Trenita January 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    These are incredible great work! I agree portraits are my favorite to paint as well but they require so much attention to detail that I can only do few at a time. Looking forward to your vision!

  • Reply Carlyn March 11, 2017 at 1:33 am

    These are really awesome! I love drawing portraits and they are fun, but I do agree that it can be something that is extremely difficult to draw/paint. Also I think that i definitely might look into buying a sketchbook, thanks for the inspiration Katie! 🙂

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