Here's a sneak detail from a more complex figure that's in press.
Underpainting using digital watercolour brushes is fun. Simply make your drawing layer "Multiply" mode, and use free digital watercolour brushes to paint on the layer underneath.
I think the best thing about this technique is that you can take an older drawing and jazz it up to go into a book or presentation (whereas you would have kept it black and white for the journal paper).
Painting is almost finished - those cute little window and door panes don't seem so cute anymore...!
I made this red Christmas garland last night, from scrap fabric. I cut it into strips and then tied each strip (single tie) onto a red ribbon, sliding them down the ribbon to bunch them up. It was very quick to make - only an hour or so. What I like is that it's very soft and bountiful - I find that most bought decorations are coarse and scratchy.
I made the felt decorations (a heart and a chicken) with my niece last New Year's Eve - good thinking, eh?
Both the garland and felt decorations were made from scrap materials bought at Reverse Garbage, for any Brisbane people looking to make some things over the holidays.
From 2016, my creative space will be in the backyard! With sunshine and the whole 3x3m room to myself, it's going to be HEAVEN.
I've felt so grateful and a bit embarrassed about this luxury, which has made me reflect on historical attitudes towards women's workspaces, carried over from paid versus unpaid work. Why should I feel guilty about the extravagance of a studio (or 'she-shed'), when a big fancy tool shed is an acceptable norm for men? This is my tool shed and I paid for it!
Science and nature illustration, from a garden studio.
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