Posts in category "doodles"

Video: Anti-perfectionist recycled art journal in progress

I turned an old "planner" into a recycled mixed media art journal, and it's helping me reduce my perfectionism. I explain how I got started with this altered/junk journal, and talk about some techniques that I'm using to prime the pages and then draw and paint over them. It's a continuation of my Moleskine mixed media sketchbook.

Things I've mentioned in the video:

Doodles and seascapes: Canson Montval watercolor sketchbook tour

I started this one as soon as I completed the Moleskine watercolor sketchbook from the previous video – from 2017 to 2019 – mainly for seascapes, doodles, and quick character drawings using watercolor, ink, pens, and colored pencils.

I haven't published scans from this one save for the mermaid I did as a part of the Mermay challenge, but there are photos on my Instagram.

Urban sketching and seascapes: Moleskine watercolor sketchbook tour

I completed one of my sketchbooks that I started back in 2012 and recorded a video of me flipping through the sketchbook and talking about what I did, what art tools I used, what I was learning etc. I used it mainly for quick watercolor cityscapes, city vignettes, seascapes, doodles, and some mixed media experiments.

If you want to get a better look at the images, there are scans of some of the drawings on my main website: Seascapes and urban sketches 2012–2016.

And here are some additional sketches that I posted here:

P.S. I updated my sketchbooks comparison post with many additional sketchbooks I've had the pleasure of testing over the years. I discovered several new favorites, as well as many duds.

Sketchbook update: doodles edition

It's been a while since I updated this blog, it gets challenging since I'm managing two other web sites and a dozen of social networks :) but today I'll share a backlog of my pages featuring mostly colorful doodles.

Art journal page

This page was done for a free course I took back in 2012 I think, and the assignment was to note all the ways we're being creative in our lives. I kinda like how this page turned out.

Ink doodles

Next comes a series of ink doodles I did with a fineliner, and some of them I colored with watercolors. I was doing these for a couple of days until I got bored.

Ink and watercolor doodles

Ink and watercolor doodles

Ink and watercolor doodles

The last one is a mandala done with soft pastels, which is my recent discovery. Just experimenting...

Colorful soft pastel mandala


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If you'd like to see more of my finished work, check out my official portfolio and blog NelaDunato.com!

Sketchbook update: art journal edition

I barely find the time to scan all my sketches and post them here, so I selected a few of the most interesting ones from the previous month. In today's post I have the ones that I do when just I want to relax or process stuff that's bothering me.

Surreal swirly female figure ink sketch

This doodle was done with a Sakura Micron fineliner and Pentel brush pen in a Canson sketchbook.

Art journal spread - Gouache paint, pastels and color pencils in a Moleskine sketchbook

I started on the right page because I was in pain because of my period and I felt really crappy, but then I decided to spread over to the left page which was covered in ink doodles and paint over that.
Gouache paint, pastels and color pencils in a Moleskine sketchbook.

Ink and colored pencil doodle

Pentel brush pen and colored pencils in a Canson sketchbook.

Dream journal - Gouache paint and colored pencil

This weird fellow appeared in my dream where I watched a video of a woman artist painting and the painting kept changing all the time. Actually my drawing looks nothing like it because the vision faded soon after I woke up, but the colors and the bird-man shape were what I remembered.
Gouache paint and colored pencil in a Canson sketchbook.

Paper cutting and watercolor

This was an experiment I did. I wanted to try paper cutting for a long time, but never had a proper scalpel. Then I bought a scalpel and a cutting mat and this is my first try. I cleaned it up a bit, but the paper tore in a couple of places, obviously I'm a beginner at this.
Paper cutting and watercolor in a Canson sketchbook.


If you'd like to see more of my sketches and works-in-progress, follow me on instagram :)

If you'd like to see more of my finished work, check out my official portfolio and blog NelaDunato.com!

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