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

The Smiling Spider (1891) by Odilon Redon is the most delightful lithograph I’ve come across in a while. What do you think?

The Smiling Spider (1891) by Odilon Redon is the most delightful lithograph I’ve come across in a while. What do you think?

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supersonicelectronic:


So Youn Lee.
Work by So Youn Lee for Spoke Art’s “The Moleskine Project II,” on display until December 29th at Spoke Art in San Francisco, California.

This is a great show, you guys! If you live near San Francisco make time to see it.

supersonicelectronic:

So Youn Lee.

Work by So Youn Lee for Spoke Art’sThe Moleskine Project II,” on display until December 29th at Spoke Art in San Francisco, California.

This is a great show, you guys! If you live near San Francisco make time to see it.

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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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I love these forever.

jacobvanloon:

Flora/Fauna | Jacob van Loon | 2011

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Always something good at Spoke Art in San Francisco! I’m looking forward to this exhibit in particular and seeing this piece by Craww in person.
crawwstuff:

My piece for The Moleskine Project at Spoke Art in December. So excited to be part of the show!

Always something good at Spoke Art in San Francisco! I’m looking forward to this exhibit in particular and seeing this piece by Craww in person.

crawwstuff:

My piece for The Moleskine Project at Spoke Art in December. So excited to be part of the show!

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A painting by Audrey Pongracz, which I found browsing the artists on tumblr tag.
audreypongracz:

“The Structured Flame” 24x36 - oil on canvas
one of my pieces for “Splinters & Paper Cuts. Opens tomorrow.

A painting by Audrey Pongracz, which I found browsing the artists on tumblr tag.

audreypongracz:

“The Structured Flame” 24x36 - oil on canvas

one of my pieces for “Splinters & Paper Cuts. Opens tomorrow.

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By Julie Evans. Obviously I love this.

By Julie Evans. Obviously I love this.

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Dream-like work by Henrik Uldalen.

Dream-like work by Henrik Uldalen.

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gabcollab:

Chloé 
http://lescroquisdechloe.blogspot.fr/

Something from this week’s Gab Collab that I really like. You can contribute, too! And as you can see from the above submission you don’t even have to use tumblr.

gabcollab:

Chloé 

http://lescroquisdechloe.blogspot.fr/

Something from this week’s Gab Collab that I really like. You can contribute, too! And as you can see from the above submission you don’t even have to use tumblr.

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This original is for sale, too! All original pieces that I have on sale can be found in the Original Art section of my shop, which is at drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com. The piles of drawings are taking over my small apartment, so I’m putting several originals up for sale on an ongoing basis.

This original is for sale, too! All original pieces that I have on sale can be found in the Original Art section of my shop, which is at drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com. The piles of drawings are taking over my small apartment, so I’m putting several originals up for sale on an ongoing basis.

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Another original piece for sale.

Another original piece for sale.

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You guys. My Carty art came. And it is beautiful. IT’S SO GREAT.
Follow Carty on tumblr or buy prints and originals in his shop.

You guys. My Carty art came. And it is beautiful. IT’S SO GREAT.

Follow Carty on tumblr or buy prints and originals in his shop.

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Enjoying Jen Mann’s smoke series. Here’s her website, or follow her on tumblr.
jenmann:

fifth in the smoke series. 30”x30”

Enjoying Jen Mann’s smoke series. Here’s her website, or follow her on tumblr.

jenmann:

fifth in the smoke series. 30”x30”

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Last Day for Free Art!

Today is the last day to get a free watercolor painting with your order from my shop. Just order two archival prints and I will include a piece of FREE ORIGINAL ART with your order! (It will probably be something that’s shown up on this blog at some point.) Get started at drawGabbydraw.goodsie.com.

(You could get something like this!)

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