Art by Gabrielle Rose. I live in Oakland, CA. Watercolor and ink are my favorite media. Get in touch at hello@drawgabbydraw.com.
I’m often asked what kind of watercolors I use. I use Prang watercolors. They are the only tray watercolors that I know of that are worth painting with. I realize I’m stuck in 5th grade art class. I don’t know why I’ve never transitioned to tube watercolors. Anyway, when you run out of a color in your tray you can order refills! I tend to run out of blue and black the fastest. 
There are a lot of watercolor options out there. I suggest trying a few kinds and seeing which you like best. Just avoid “student quality” paints. I bought a tube or two of student quality watercolor, and they were terrible. They turned to chalk on the paper after they dried.

I’m often asked what kind of watercolors I use. I use Prang watercolors. They are the only tray watercolors that I know of that are worth painting with. I realize I’m stuck in 5th grade art class. I don’t know why I’ve never transitioned to tube watercolors. Anyway, when you run out of a color in your tray you can order refills! I tend to run out of blue and black the fastest. 

There are a lot of watercolor options out there. I suggest trying a few kinds and seeing which you like best. Just avoid “student quality” paints. I bought a tube or two of student quality watercolor, and they were terrible. They turned to chalk on the paper after they dried.

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Just a couple!
secousses asked you: What brush sizes do you use most when you’re painting?
I use three brushes for most paintings: a very tiny one for detail; a slender medium-sized one; and a larger round one. Here’s a picture of my brushes.
 
miichoufm asked you: I absolutely love your art, watercolor is my favorite medium. I’d just like to ask if you could give me some tips so that I can get better at it.
toyotacarolla asked you: Youre so good at watercolors! how do you do it? ive been trying to learn how to watercolor but i still need to work on it haha.
 
Here is a gif with the short answer. Read on for a longer answer.
The best tip for getting better at anything is practice. Practice, mess up, practice more.  Try different techniques. Put pigment on wet paper, on dry paper. Use different sized brushes. Try ink instead of paint. I can’t cram everything I’ve learned from years of practice into a paragraph. (Most of my painting knowledge is contained in my muscles and is hard to verbalize.) Here is a great blog post about hard work versus talent and how practicing technique eventually internalizes it.
I can give you tips on materials, however. Paper is very important. Make sure you’re using watercolor paper because it’s thick enough to hold up to water.  I usually use watercolor blocks. (More info about my materials can be found on my about page.)

Also, a few people asked about the difference between hot- and cold-pressed watercolor paper. I’m saving it for a separate post so keep an eye out.

Just a couple!

secousses asked you: What brush sizes do you use most when you’re painting?

I use three brushes for most paintings: a very tiny one for detail; a slender medium-sized one; and a larger round one. Here’s a picture of my brushes.

 

miichoufm asked you: I absolutely love your art, watercolor is my favorite medium. I’d just like to ask if you could give me some tips so that I can get better at it.

toyotacarolla asked you: Youre so good at watercolors! how do you do it? ive been trying to learn how to watercolor but i still need to work on it haha.

 

Here is a gif with the short answer. Read on for a longer answer.

The best tip for getting better at anything is practice. Practice, mess up, practice more.  Try different techniques. Put pigment on wet paper, on dry paper. Use different sized brushes. Try ink instead of paint. I can’t cram everything I’ve learned from years of practice into a paragraph. (Most of my painting knowledge is contained in my muscles and is hard to verbalize.) Here is a great blog post about hard work versus talent and how practicing technique eventually internalizes it.

I can give you tips on materials, however. Paper is very important. Make sure you’re using watercolor paper because it’s thick enough to hold up to water.  I usually use watercolor blocks. (More info about my materials can be found on my about page.)


Also, a few people asked about the difference between hot- and cold-pressed watercolor paper. I’m saving it for a separate post so keep an eye out.

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Did you know that I’m on twitter? And I have a shop?

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Other places you can find me

I’m on…

twitter (@drawGdraw)

flickr

cargocollective

shop

email list

hello at drawgabbydraw dot com

Also here’s my FAQ page.

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Answers to questions asked.
snapfus asked you: Do you think it’s good, as an artist, to force yourself to do art? 
Well, it’s good to practice, and sometimes practice is boring and you don’t want to do it, so yes, I do think it’s good to force yourself to make art. I do it a lot. 
alexroperphoto asked you: Bad ass work, dude
Thanks. Dude. 
takethewords asked you: what do you do with your empty ink bottles?! they’re so pretty, you should put them in a display or something! (and also of course your art is gorgeous, i’ve spent most of today going back through your blog & looking at it all! in fact today i went out and bought some more watercolor supplies, i just got into it and found your work so inspiring :) 
(Thank you!) I have lots of ink bottles, but they are all full of ink. The only one I run out of regularly is my Speedball india ink, since I use it for almost all of my outlining, but it’s a boring plastic container, so I never save them. Glass ones I’ll probably save, since I’m kind of a pack rat I mean collector of things. I store them on this thing in the meantime.  
thisafunnything asked you: Your work is beautiful. How long have you been doing this? 
Thanks. I’ve been drawing since always, but I’ve been blogging here since 2009-ish. 
we-have-withered asked you: Dear! Your works are so beautiful! ‘;m curious about your technique!
Here’s a post with a short explanation. 
yaaryvanesaasked you: Esta bien padre tu trabajo :D, ¿como lo haces?
¡Gracias! Aqui está un post que explica como hago mis dibujitos. (Sorry for my Spanish.)
 


Answers to questions asked.

snapfus asked you: Do you think it’s good, as an artist, to force yourself to do art? 

Well, it’s good to practice, and sometimes practice is boring and you don’t want to do it, so yes, I do think it’s good to force yourself to make art. I do it a lot. 


alexroperphoto asked you: Bad ass work, dude

Thanks. Dude. 


takethewords asked you: what do you do with your empty ink bottles?! they’re so pretty, you should put them in a display or something! (and also of course your art is gorgeous, i’ve spent most of today going back through your blog & looking at it all! in fact today i went out and bought some more watercolor supplies, i just got into it and found your work so inspiring :) 

(Thank you!) I have lots of ink bottles, but they are all full of ink. The only one I run out of regularly is my Speedball india ink, since I use it for almost all of my outlining, but it’s a boring plastic container, so I never save them. Glass ones I’ll probably save, since I’m kind of a pack rat I mean collector of things. I store them on this thing in the meantime.  


thisafunnything asked you: Your work is beautiful. How long have you been doing this? 

Thanks. I’ve been drawing since always, but I’ve been blogging here since 2009-ish. 


we-have-withered asked you: Dear! Your works are so beautiful! ‘;m curious about your technique!

Here’s a post with a short explanation. 


yaaryvanesaasked you: Esta bien padre tu trabajo :D, ¿como lo haces?

¡Gracias! Aqui está un post que explica como hago mis dibujitos. (Sorry for my Spanish.)

 

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Catching up on questions!

euqah: If I wanted a commission, would you do it?
Depends. Feel free to shoot me an email to discuss (but if it’s drawing characters or something like that probably not): hello at drawgabbydraw dot com
the-little-mouse: Hi, I want to buy some things from your store, but I was wondering if you will have any Art Surprise Packs available anytime soon? (I live in Australia so I’d prefer to just buy everything in one go.)
They are back in stock! Thanks for your interest!
dorkooroo: Hello! :—) I love your art! Just a question, do you use just any colour or do you follow a specific pallet? :—)
I usually have a specific color scheme in mind. I think of colors in groups of three, and apply two main colors first and then figure out what I should add next as I go along. But color is always intentional. It’s very important, so I don’t really make it up as I go, unless I’m just experimenting, but that’s different!
bofinken: Just wondering, as an artist myself trying too succeed, what do you do for a living? I mean, do you do something else than just painting? Just curious… :)
I have a low key day job at the moment, but I was a teacher of various things for six years until this past year. I decided to change to a different job so I would have more time outside of work for art, but I still do have a job. My time outside of whatever “real” job I’ve had has always been at least partly used for making art, but when I quit a very fulfilling teaching job to make even more time for artistic pursuits, that time became much more precious, and I spend quite a bit of time here at this little table painting and drawing, updating my shop, and maintaining an online presence. I don’t know that I would count myself a “successful” artist, but what I can tell you is that success in anything comes from practice and hard work. I might have to work a day job my whole life, but you know what? So did Henri Rousseau, and nobody’s calling him a failure. Good luck to you!


Catching up on questions!


euqah: If I wanted a commission, would you do it?

Depends. Feel free to shoot me an email to discuss (but if it’s drawing characters or something like that probably not): hello at drawgabbydraw dot com

the-little-mouse: Hi, I want to buy some things from your store, but I was wondering if you will have any Art Surprise Packs available anytime soon? (I live in Australia so I’d prefer to just buy everything in one go.)

They are back in stock! Thanks for your interest!

dorkooroo: Hello! :—) I love your art! Just a question, do you use just any colour or do you follow a specific pallet? :—)

I usually have a specific color scheme in mind. I think of colors in groups of three, and apply two main colors first and then figure out what I should add next as I go along. But color is always intentional. It’s very important, so I don’t really make it up as I go, unless I’m just experimenting, but that’s different!

bofinken: Just wondering, as an artist myself trying too succeed, what do you do for a living? I mean, do you do something else than just painting? Just curious… :)

I have a low key day job at the moment, but I was a teacher of various things for six years until this past year. I decided to change to a different job so I would have more time outside of work for art, but I still do have a job. My time outside of whatever “real” job I’ve had has always been at least partly used for making art, but when I quit a very fulfilling teaching job to make even more time for artistic pursuits, that time became much more precious, and I spend quite a bit of time here at this little table painting and drawing, updating my shop, and maintaining an online presence. I don’t know that I would count myself a “successful” artist, but what I can tell you is that success in anything comes from practice and hard work. I might have to work a day job my whole life, but you know what? So did Henri Rousseau, and nobody’s calling him a failure. Good luck to you!

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You can find me in these places:
hello at drawgabbydraw dot com
@drawGdraw
flickr
vimeo
shop
Gab Collab
(Postcard pictured above available here.)

You can find me in these places:

hello at drawgabbydraw dot com

@drawGdraw

flickr

vimeo

shop

Gab Collab

(Postcard pictured above available here.)

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