Art by Gabrielle Rose. I live in Oakland, CA. Watercolor and ink are my favorite media. Get in touch at hello@drawgabbydraw.com.
Good morning! It’s February! Just so you know, every order placed in my shop this month will include a hand-painted heart notecard (flat, not folded). It will be the same colors as the one you see above, but probably a different pattern. Still some original drawings for cheap left, too.
Good morning! It’s February! Just so you know, every order placed in my shop this month will include a hand-painted heart notecard (flat, not folded). It will be the same colors as the one you see above, but probably a different pattern. Still some original drawings for cheap left, too.

Good morning! It’s February! Just so you know, every order placed in my shop this month will include a hand-painted heart notecard (flat, not folded). It will be the same colors as the one you see above, but probably a different pattern. Still some original drawings for cheap left, too.

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Arms are overrated! 
Arms are overrated! 

Arms are overrated! 

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My messy-ish corner.
My messy-ish corner.

My messy-ish corner.

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Hi Gabby! Your work is absolutely stunning. I'm majorly in love with watercolours! Am I correct in saying you're self taught? That's really cool. I'm just starting out on my own self taught journey and I am a little lost. I draw a lot, but I lack the structure an education would give me. I was wondering if you had any tips on the best way to go about it?

Hello! Thank you! I am self-taught. Here are my tips (that I don’t even always follow but you know):

Without the structure of a formal education you have to create your own structure in a few ways. The first is making time to practice. When I was a teacher, I would make time in the evenings after grading papers and planning to draw, or on Friday, my day off, I would spend a lot of time drawing. Turn down social invitations sometimes to practice. I did!

By practice I mean make mistakes, drop paint onto wet paper just to see what happens, make something out of it… Do whatever you can think of that will help you understand how watercolor behaves under different circumstances. Practicing could also mean giving yourself “assignments”, like, I don’t know, draw five trees and paint them, or make three watercolor blobs and then draw something on top of them, or make something using only two colors. Setting boundaries helps creativity to flourish.

You also have to do your own research for tips on technique and such. There are tons of watercolor tutorials on the internet, for example. And books in your local library. (I am such a dork and definitely checked out books about drawing and watercoloring from the public library when I was  younger.)

Copy other artists. I know this sounds crazy, but what I mean is copy artwork that you love (my favorite artist to copy was Kay Nielsen) and then KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. That stuff isn’t really meant to be shared. What happens is that you end up absorbing certain elements and then over time they transform into something that’s yours. You also figure out new techniques that might not be what the original artist did but are still cool so it doesn’t matter.

That’s really it. It’s up to you to fill in the blanks. Also you should know I am kind of old and have been “teaching myself” for what suddenly has become several years. Going to art school probably would’ve sped up the process a lot, but that’s not the path my life took, and that’s ok. What I’m saying is if you really love art and drawing and all that, keep at it. Nothing happens overnight. 

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Another drawing in my shop. I have a few originals up for $40 or cheaper!
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Another drawing in my shop. I have a few originals up for $40 or cheaper!
drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com

Another drawing in my shop. I have a few originals up for $40 or cheaper!

drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com

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Done quick! Time to do something grown-up like fold laundry or eat a sandwich.

Winsor & Newton ink, 967 Scarlet.

EDIT: For sale here.

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Doodling.
Doodling.

Doodling.

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Added a little more to this. D-d-d-done. 
(Computer issue resolved. Yay!)
Added a little more to this. D-d-d-done. 
(Computer issue resolved. Yay!)

Added a little more to this. D-d-d-done. 

(Computer issue resolved. Yay!)

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An original drawing for sale at drawgabbydraw.goodsie.com. I have a few drawings up that are $40 or less and will probably add more soon(ish). If you prefer to be surprised, there’s always this option.
An original drawing for sale at drawgabbydraw.goodsie.com. I have a few drawings up that are $40 or less and will probably add more soon(ish). If you prefer to be surprised, there’s always this option.

An original drawing for sale at drawgabbydraw.goodsie.com. I have a few drawings up that are $40 or less and will probably add more soon(ish). If you prefer to be surprised, there’s always this option.

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There are now several drawings for sale for under $40 in my shop, including the one you see above! My shop’s at drawgabbydraw.goodsie.com.
There are now several drawings for sale for under $40 in my shop, including the one you see above! My shop’s at drawgabbydraw.goodsie.com.

There are now several drawings for sale for under $40 in my shop, including the one you see above! My shop’s at drawgabbydraw.goodsie.com.

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I think I’m going to go. Who’s going with me?

supersonicart:


Charmaine Olivia for the 3rd Annual Supersonic Invitational.

Charmaine Olivia’s painting for the 3rd Annual Supersonic Invitational Group Show which opens THIS THURSDAY, January 9th at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, California.  The show features brand new work by over 40 international artists.  The fun starts at 6pm, RSVP on Facebook!  The artist Zoltron will have free limited edition prints for the first arrivals, also!

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Last look at my post-Christmas friendcation in Sebastopol, CA. (I tweeted about it a bit, @drawGdraw.) I hope you all had a great Christmas and that 2014 is the best!

P.S. Click the photo for panorama view!

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Doodling in wine country.
Doodling in wine country.

Doodling in wine country.

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tabarooart asked:
Hello! You are so talented and you have been inspiring me to create more art daily for a while now. I have been meaning to ask, but haven't gotten around to it -_-, what camera do you use to photograph your art process? Those photos with your pretty jellyfish are so detailed and I've been trying to find the best way to document my art process without having to scan it all at a store. Thanks for your time! Keep creating and inspiring!

Hey, thanks! Also your question makes me laugh because I use the least special method of documenting my work. That jellyfish photo that you like that appears so detailed (this one? or this one?) was just taken with my phone, which is a Moto X:

(PHONECEPTION.)

Most of the photos in my archive and all the photos in my shop were taken with this 5-year-old digital point and shoot Casio Exilim (8.1 megapixels, lol):

(EXILIMCEPTION.)

So, two fairly low quality, old, etc. gadgets. I pretty much always take pictures when there’s lots of natural light available—very important!—and on the little camera I use the macro setting a lot. Maybe I should’ve asked Santa for a legit camera this year…

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