Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Art sketchbook

I was planning on finally putting up my post for the Simplicity blogger challenge I'm taking part in up today, however the weather was absolutely awful and I didn't have enough time to take photos so that'll be up next week instead. I really enjoy a nosy into people's sketchbooks, journals and scrapbooks so I thought I'd share the drawings and paintings I have done in the art sketchbook I do in my spare time. 

I ripped up vintage maps to make a sort-of title page for my book, which is from Wilkinson's and available here 

I made a collage out of film camera photos which went wrong, inspired by something I found on Pinterest and attempted to draw with my eyes closed.  (Shan't be trying that again)

Biro sketch of one of the angel statues from the graveyard near college. I drew it from one of the photos I took when we went there with AS photography. I know that my hand drawings desperately need work. Butterfly drawn on a vintage map. I focused on insects for part of my GCSE art coursework.

Ink sketches of shells I found on the beach. Pens are one of my preferred mediums to work with when drawing. Watercolour 'illusion' painting I got inspiration for from Pinterest.

I bought palette knives from the Works and trialed painting a portrait with them. I like the effect, even though it's slightly terrifying. And to the right is when the Egon Schiele obsession started....

More Schiele watercolours

When you can't draw faces well, cover the people's heads with a plant! I did 'plant head people' drawings for my GCSE art exam and they are still one of the best ideas I've ever had.(So no copying!)

Unfinished Schiele watercolour. I need to add more shading with paint and pencils.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I've been wanting to do something like this for ages but kept forgetting! Hopefully I'll do another post like this showing my scrapbook, once I figure out the best method for scanning the A4 book.
I often pin art ideas here.

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x


  1. Im SOOOOOO happy you tweeted me! I adore this post and I LOVEEE other creatives! Your sketchbook is so inspiring and beautiful. It's nice to see you've used different elements and layers <3
    Jemma xx

    1. Thank you so much, that is really lovely of you to say! I'm glad you enjoyed my post.

      Holly Olivia x


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