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October vibes. Sometimes I put my gouache away for a while and then I pull it out again and then I go Oh, yeah, gouache is delightful.

A watercolour painting of a green T-Rex mid-roar

In an attempt to fill my sketchbook, I've just been drawing... stuff. Using, much as I hate to admit it, a pencil sketch to start. Which of course is working out great. Anyway here's a T-Rex.

A two-page sketchbook spread with a watercolor painting of a wide beach with waves crashing and a rock formation at the horizon

I've only been back a couple of weeks but I feel like I could use a vacation. This was a "paint first, ink second" page and I really enjoy the final look, though I'm not sure I could pull it off as effectively with a more complicated subject. The big shapes in this were easy enough to paint freehand but anything more complex and I would probably need a pencil sketch first — and I hate having to do a pencil sketch first.

Some quick poolside sketches of the plant life around. It’s my first time really making use of the red pen and I’m so pleased!

Feels good to get the sketchbook out again. Also feels good to hang out by the pool drinking margaritas!

A sketch in blue, red and black of a giant sculpture of two diamond rings against a backdrop of oceans and mountains

A sketch in ink and watercolour of some people at the beach

Both the head and feet are missing from this image because I said nah, too hard. I swear I'm not getting into a colored pencil phase 🙈

A watercolor sketch of a large tree and a sculpture of two diamond engagement rings embedded in the grass, overlooking the ocean

It's been quite rainy for the past few weeks so when the sun made a rare appearance today, I knew I wanted to squeeze in some time outside. It's still a bit chilly outside but it's always nice to fill another page in the sketchbook. I also got new window privacy screens that cast little rainbows around my living room when the sun is shining so I'm obviously obsessed with that.

Three faces sketched in colored pencil in blue, yellow, orange, and purple.

I normally only pull out the col-erase colored pencils for a quick sketch or something that is going to end up covered in paint; it was a nice change/challenge to work on rendering more fully just with the pencils. I had originally intended for there to be 4 heads but exhaustion struck shortly after starting #3 — which you can tell as it's a bit off compared to the others. I foresee more faces in my sketchbook, though I'll have to up my endurance so I can at least execute a full spread properly.