Artwork of the day: Happy Family

You might have seen my inspiration post recently, where I told you about lovely Kiana Underwood, her sweet family photos and her awesome blog Tulipina.

You might have also noticed that my inspiration posts turn into drawing / artwork of the day posts sooner or later 🙂

This time I was working with one of my favorite media – watercolors. The challenge was with using my paintbrushes. Apparently, I have either big ones that are great for the background, but not so good for smaller objects, or really thin one for the tiniest details. I had few in the middle, but they were synthetic brushes and while they’re great for acrylic paints, with watercolors they just don’t work the way I want them to work. I’ll need to buy few more kolinsky sable paintbrushes on my next trip to the art store.This time I tried to solve the problem by using only the tip of the brush for the faces and clothing.

I’m overall pleased with the result and I enjoyed painting this sketch. While it may not be a 100% photocopy and that wasn’t the point of this watercolor sketch anyway. The point was to show emotions, closeness, family ties and holding on to each other and to me that is a way to build a happy family.

         Artwork of the day - Happy Family by One Happy Blog

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What I love about drawing with pastels is the softness of the material and easiness of mixing and shading. What I dislike about pastel drawings is that you have to be very careful with them and store it securely behind the glass because unlike oil paintings pastel drawing are very prone to damage.

Now here is the story of what happened to my drawing of a lovely lady in the hat. Some time ago I spilled some water on it by accident and I almost cried when I saw how much effort has been wasted.

But then I gathered myself together and decided to correct and cover all the spots that were left by the spilled water.

Moral #1: Always frame and store properly all the drawings and paintings right after I finish them.

Moral #2: Everything happens for a reason. While covering and reworking on damaged spots, I noticed few other things that could be corrected / done better, so there’s always a room for improvement! And if I see every situation as a challenge, not a problem, I can always find a blessing and get an awesome outcome!

Now, I like the corrected version of the drawing even better than the original. And what do you think? I’m posting before and after pictures for comparison. Please let me know your opinion in the comments below!

Have a happy day!

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Lady in the hat by Natella Mammadova

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Got inspired by the bright colors of the spring and had to draw these colorful tulips.

Eternal spring in my heart

 

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Drawing of the day - Reading corner

A quick sketch of a lion (top) inspired by Rembrandt’s “A lion lying down” (bottom). This is the first time I used the charcoal pencil and I liked it a lot.

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Beanbag drawing watercolor

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New Holiday themed drawing! Wishing you Happy Holidays and may all your wishes come true!

'Tis the season

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Drawing of the day – Chillin’ with an iPad

Drawing v. 1New drawing in my sketchbook – Me chilling’ in my Furlicious Beanbag with my new Ipad Air
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Azerbaijani National Costume drawing

I was organizing my book shelves and found “Azerbaijani National Costume” book. I decided to do my own illustrations inspired by the book, so here is the first one.

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