It’s been a while since I’ve set aside proper time to work on my sketchbook. I’ve been getting busier with orders in the run up to Christmas so I'm working into the evenings most days and after finding it hard to switch off I’ve started setting aside an hour or so before bed to sit and draw/paint. I’ve been taking photos of nature on my walks and working from those to create a watercolour journal of the changing season. I’ll be updating the blog every so often with updates but here are a few pictures of it so far.
This week I've been using my sketchbook to do some colourful studies of exotic fruits. and here I worked from my sketches on my iPad: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kate Broughton (@kate_broughton_)
This week I've been spending more time working on my sketchbook focussing on my houseplants and succulents this week. Here's a study of my Umbrella plant, using pencil, then pen, then alcohol marker and coloured pencil. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kate Broughton (@kate_broughton_)
Today I made some time to do some sketchbook work. We have barn owls nearby and have been trying to time our evening dog walk to spot them hunting, unfortunately we got rained off yesterday but there have been lots of sightings and local photographers have been sharing their photos so I've spent a bit of time today doing some sketches.
I'm going to be sharing my sketchbook pages here as it's something that I always love to see of other illustrators and artists. I love to see the processes behind designs and, for me at least, keeping a sketchbook has always been great for keeping me inspired and motivated. I'm going to try and share here on a regular basis, including current projects and old work too. Here's a little peek at the drawings I did back in 2015 for my Tapir Mother's Day card.