Art by Gabrielle Rose. I live in Oakland, CA. Watercolor and ink are my favorite media. Get in touch at hello@drawgabbydraw.com.

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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This is the best thing ever. Read on and watch:

doodlersanonymous:

This animation by Denis Chapon is epic. There can be nothing more important for you to do right now than to watch this.

In 2008, with no exact plan in place, Denis just took to doodling on the backside of used paper. He made 12 drawings a day (that equaled one second of animation). And then, each of the following days, he took the last three drawings from the day before and kept on animating. Three years later, that slow accumulation of little bits of effort over time rendered an incredible movie that’s captivating to watch and completely filled with spontaneity.

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It’s rainy here.
It’s rainy here.

It’s rainy here.

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