The Absentminded Artist

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Almost there.

Almost there.

A little further along.

A little further along.

Back to work this morning.

Back to work this morning.

24rhys asked: I absolutely adore your artwork, you are very talented! I've actually started to adopt your artistic style, still working on drawing a full person when I normally do portraits so it is more of mixing and matching several of your pieces to create my own for now. Is that okay or does that infringe on your copyrights? Also am new to watercolors so am practicing with colored pencils. Do you have any tips for using watercolors? And would you recommend the liquid ones? Thank you for your time.

I think most artists start out emulating styles they admire-and that’s fine. It’s how we learn. (I desperately wished I could paint like Brian Froud for years, until I finally realized I should be focusing on my own style. That’s when things began to happen for me.) But it’s also really important to develop your own style, so people can recognize your work easily. Having a recognizable style helps in the art world. People are more likely to remember your name instead of saying “Oh, this looks like -insert some other artist’s name here- work.” As far as watercolors, I would say choose good quality supplies-it makes a difference. You could ease yourself into them by starting with watercolor pencils first. That’s what I started with. Then I got a starter kit of the liquid watercolors and taught myself how to use them. It takes lots of practice, trying new things, seeing what works and what doesn’t. Hope that helps! Good luck!

soifra asked: If you don't use masking how do you keep the paint from bleeding into each other? I am new to water color and am inspired by your techniques.

You have to wait for each layer or section to dry completely before moving on to the next.

I think this is about as far as I am going to get today.

I think this is about as far as I am going to get today.

And a leeetle bit further…

And a leeetle bit further…

Um, try to ignore that blob on the wing. I’ll fix it later.

Um, try to ignore that blob on the wing. I’ll fix it later.

Lazy kitties say Happy Easter

Lazy kitties say Happy Easter