Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sunday Sketches and Illustration Friday 'Ahead'


Well I'm very early for my Sunday sketches this week but i really wanted to post a page from my sketch book that I drew last night. I'm working on another mermaid painting, I seem to come back to mermaids whenever I feel like I'm having an artists block. I'm half way through my painting so I shall post it soon. I wanted to draw my ladies a little differently and I focused mostly on the lips which seemed to give her a whole new character! Anyway here are my sketches! Click on the Sunday Sketch bar at the side of my blog to see more Sunday sketches (you might have to wait until tomorrow though as I'm a bit early with mine :0) )

You may be wondering where this sketch would fit in with Illustration Friday's theme of Ahead? Well I feel at the moment like I need to step up my art a little and push myself more. I want to find a more polished look, to keep my style and keep painting whimsical pretty characters but I really wanted to move ahead with my art and not stay stuck in a rut. I really should do more sketching as it really helps me with ideas, I've just gotton so used to slapping paint on a canvas that I go straight to that sometimes. Anyway here are my new improved ladies, well I hope they are improved.

17 comments:

Silke said...

Beautiful sketches!! You know, I have never sketched anything and sometimes I think I should start. But somehow, I like the trial and error method of painting... These two faces are just precious!! I especially love the dreamy look of the lower of the faces! :) Silke

Diana Evans said...

oh I love these ladies...wonderful work Nicola!!! beautiful and I love seeing the sketches!!!

Juliette Crane said...

Adorable sketches and I am loving your pendents! So beautiful! Thank you for your recommendation to post my new painting, Trust In What Lies Ahead, for Illustration Friday. I entered my piece and am excited to keep up with their themes. thank you! and have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo, juliette

Heather said...

These ladies are beautiful! The top one is my favorite! I agree with you, I get in a rut, too! Let that be the theme of the week, pushing ourselves ahead, to the next level. Great post, happy Sunday....Heather

Kristin said...

Oh yes! I think that they are lovely!! I noticed the lips right away - your girls remind me of the fairies from the disney Tinkerbell movies - so pretty and wide-eyed!
Congrats too on being featured this week on MMM! Kristin xo

Shirley said...

Nicola! They are lovely mermaids...and what you've said about moving ahead and pushing yourself is exactly what I've been trying to do with my work. Your sketches are fantastic...and I think you have continued to move forward with your work through these many months I've been visiting. Look at all of your wonderful characters..they are whimsical, bold, and beautiful. These lovely ladies will have glorious lips, I'm sure. I am so thankful for your kind visits, Nicola...you are such a gem. Can't wait to see the finished pieces!

Jack Foster said...

Hey Nicola! Great sketches! Can't wait to see the completed mermaids. I missed your "detective" Great one hahaha.

Marlene said...

Lovely sketches, they will make beautiful mermaids.

apinkdreamer said...

wonderful sketch-fantastic art! i love too children's books illustrations!

CrowNology said...

Love your sketches Nicola!
Have a great week!
xo
Andrea

Lenora said...

Great eyes - seems to be the thing this week - and i think her mouth is wonderful too!

Dessa Rae said...

Beautiful sketches. The eyes are amazing and the lips look like they would be so kissable. Great work!!

lissa said...

I don't know why but I see them sort of upside down especially the first sketch but the sketches are wonderfully done

Julia Christie said...

I love these sketches! I just love your eyes! I keep trying to work on eyes in my sketchbook, and yours really inpsire me.

Thanks!

Smiles

Sophia said...

Nicola, what a beautiful start to a beautiful girl/mermaid. Wow! I was just telling my bf on how much your artwork has seriously improved since I first met you. You are growing so much and I feel blessed to be a part of it. :)

Happy Sunday!

Jessie said...

Hi Nicola, your hard work is giving you amazing results! Sketching helps so much doesn't it? I get impatient and get right on with the painting but I can see how experimenting with the underlying drawing brings so much to the final piece! I love the way you've done her tail and bikini. I really must slow down and draw more :)xx

Tammie Lee said...

these are wonderful, I see what you mean about how changing the lips can really make a difference. I think this is true of every detail. It is fun to hear that you are challenging yourself to step up your art. Change is fun.

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