Posts in category "drawings"

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:

Mixed media visual journal tour: Moleskine sketchbook

I used this sketchbook from 2012 to 2020. This was a totally experimental sketchbook where I explored different techniques from simple pencil and ink drawing, colored pencils, water-soluble pencils and crayons, acrylic paint, gouache, oil and soft pastels, collage, and more.

The scans of some of my favorite pages are in my sketchbook gallery: Best of Mixed Media Art Journal #6. You can also see photos of some of the spreads from this one in my article: My 6 favorite mixed media art journal & sketchbook techniques.

There are also many posts previously published on this blog from this very sketchbook:

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.

Sketching process video: Aqua lady

Well, this blog hasn't been getting enough love ever since I started publishing my weekly posts on my official blog, but it's difficult to keep up with that many sites... and I noticed I still haven't shared this video with you.

This is a video of my drawing process in my sketchbook using ink and watercolor, from sketch to finish. The video is at 10x the normal speed, and the actual drawing took over an hour.

You can see the rest of the drawings from this series in this post.

P.S. Notice anything new here? That's right, I changed the design for the first time since 2007.
It should look good even on phones, but if you notice anything wonky, let me know in the comments.

Sketchbook update: nature edition

I've found a few scans that I never published here, so I'm doing that today.

Stone arch - ink and watercolor sketch

This is a stone arch by the coffee shop in Kostrena, where I often go for a walk. Brush pen and watercolor sketch.
I cropped the right page because it's mostly empty.

Krk bridge - watercolor sketch

This is the bridge that connects my home island Krk with the land, viewed from the Kostrena beach.

Trees and grass near the beach - watercolor sketch

The last one was from a few days ago when I spent a couple of days hanging out on the beach in my hometown. I also have an instagram shot of the page spread where my boyfriend sketched some geometric patterns on the other page:

Sketchbook sharing - Nela's watercolor sketch on the left, David's pen sketch on the right


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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