Art by Gabrielle Rose. I live in Oakland, CA. Watercolor and ink are my favorite media. Get in touch at hello@drawgabbydraw.com.
A few things:
1. Happy spring! (Which arrived like two months ago where I live.)
2. All I have time to make these days are hasty blobs with faces, ergo this post. I am really sorry. I really am. (And for the crappy scan. When I got my new computer I couldn’t use my old version of Photoshop anymore and am stuck with Elements which even in expert mode doesn’t help me fix scans like this very well…) (I tweaked it one more time; less bad but not great.)
3. Today’s Google doodle is great and looked familiar, and then I found that it was made by Eleanor Davis, who I follow here on tumblr at beoujia.tumblr.com. Obviously check her out.
4. You can see her doodle for the Southern hemisphere, where it is the first day of fall, on Google Brazil. Cool!
A few things:
1. Happy spring! (Which arrived like two months ago where I live.)
2. All I have time to make these days are hasty blobs with faces, ergo this post. I am really sorry. I really am. (And for the crappy scan. When I got my new computer I couldn’t use my old version of Photoshop anymore and am stuck with Elements which even in expert mode doesn’t help me fix scans like this very well…) (I tweaked it one more time; less bad but not great.)
3. Today’s Google doodle is great and looked familiar, and then I found that it was made by Eleanor Davis, who I follow here on tumblr at beoujia.tumblr.com. Obviously check her out.
4. You can see her doodle for the Southern hemisphere, where it is the first day of fall, on Google Brazil. Cool!

A few things:

1. Happy spring! (Which arrived like two months ago where I live.)

2. All I have time to make these days are hasty blobs with faces, ergo this post. I am really sorry. I really am. (And for the crappy scan. When I got my new computer I couldn’t use my old version of Photoshop anymore and am stuck with Elements which even in expert mode doesn’t help me fix scans like this very well…) (I tweaked it one more time; less bad but not great.)

3. Today’s Google doodle is great and looked familiar, and then I found that it was made by Eleanor Davis, who I follow here on tumblr at beoujia.tumblr.com. Obviously check her out.

4. You can see her doodle for the Southern hemisphere, where it is the first day of fall, on Google Brazil. Cool!

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Blobs forever.
Blobs forever.

Blobs forever.

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Some silly things from this past week or so. Inks, watercolor.

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Something pretty by Gabrielle Smith:
I Admit I’m Scared by eskimeaux

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Wip. Still.
Wip. Still.

Wip. Still.

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If you’re not busy…
gabcollab:

Hello to our new followers! I hope you will also become collaborators.
Here’s the blob for the week. Rotate it, flip it, collage it, gif it, draw on it, whatever it, then submit it HERE. Upload your work and add a caption, if you wish.
There’s no such thing as a “late” collab, by the way. If you have one that you haven’t gotten around to submitting, it’s never to late to do so!
If you’re not busy…
gabcollab:

Hello to our new followers! I hope you will also become collaborators.
Here’s the blob for the week. Rotate it, flip it, collage it, gif it, draw on it, whatever it, then submit it HERE. Upload your work and add a caption, if you wish.
There’s no such thing as a “late” collab, by the way. If you have one that you haven’t gotten around to submitting, it’s never to late to do so!

If you’re not busy…

gabcollab:

Hello to our new followers! I hope you will also become collaborators.

Here’s the blob for the week. Rotate it, flip it, collage it, gif it, draw on it, whatever it, then submit it HERE. Upload your work and add a caption, if you wish.

There’s no such thing as a “late” collab, by the way. If you have one that you haven’t gotten around to submitting, it’s never to late to do so!

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Thanks. Thanks for your help.

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Very interested in seeing Sam Grant’s work at Loakal next month. I’ve enjoyed seeing his work on my dashboard via Loakal’s tumblr.

loakal:

Though he considers them to be two separate practices, Sam W. Grant’s paintings and photographs share a similar focus on nostalgic imagery and retro-inspired color palettes. His solo show “Double Vision” opens at Loakal on March 7.

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Original drawing available in the shop for not a lot of money. It’s kind of farty.
My shop is at drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com.
Original drawing available in the shop for not a lot of money. It’s kind of farty.
My shop is at drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com.

Original drawing available in the shop for not a lot of money. It’s kind of farty.

My shop is at drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com.

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This month draw Gabby draw! turned 5 years old! Here is one of the first drawings I posted, back in February 2009. Five years in internet time is a long time. I guess my style is the same and different. That’s what one would expect, right?
drawgabbydraw:

A Tangle
This month draw Gabby draw! turned 5 years old! Here is one of the first drawings I posted, back in February 2009. Five years in internet time is a long time. I guess my style is the same and different. That’s what one would expect, right?
drawgabbydraw:

A Tangle

This month draw Gabby draw! turned 5 years old! Here is one of the first drawings I posted, back in February 2009. Five years in internet time is a long time. I guess my style is the same and different. That’s what one would expect, right?

drawgabbydraw:

A Tangle

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Painting.

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danistokes asked:
I have a question about the paper you use. Do you paint while the paper is still attached to the block? I bought one and thought that the other papers beneath would get ruined by the water.

Yes, definitely. It being attached to the block is what prevents the paper from warping. Just leave it on until the piece is dry, and then remove it. Watercolor paper is fairly thick, so it shouldn’t bleed through to the sheet below. However, if you are doing a very wet technique, the paper underneath might get a little damp. It will return to normal when it dries. 

I guess there’s a chance that a really cheap block could get ruined, but even with cheaper paper I haven’t had a problem. I think Canson is the cheapest one I buy. 

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what kind of supplies do you recommend for a beginner in water colors?

Prang watercolors are great because you find them practically anywhere, they’re affordable, and for tray watercolors are very good quality (moist, not chalky). For brushes, I’d say start with a large, medium, and small round brush. For paper, find an affordable watercolor block. The paper is adhered on all four sides to prevent warping. When you feel it’s worth it, you can upgrade to pricier paper (like Arches). Those are what I consider the basics. You don’t even need a plastic palette at first because you could mix your colors in the lid of the Prang paint tray!

Here’s a post I did detailing the materials that I use the most. Hope this helps!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Something reptilian. When I started this I told myself I could only use the brown, blue, and black paint in my tray, and that I could only outline in pencil (no ink). Then I broke a rule and allowed an accent color.

Watercolor, pencil, a teeny bit of colored pencil, on cold-pressed watercolor paper.

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