Bits & Blogs

Sketch Blog

I’ve created a blog over on Tumblr called “Sketchbook Stuff & Things” that will act as an online sketchbook of sorts. At the moment I’m mainly posting gesture drawings from Todd Bright’s “All in Gesture” workshop, which I’m really enjoying. The classes are online and happen every Saturday, so if you’re looking to improve your gesture drawing skills, then I’d definitely recommend joining! Below are a couple of the sketches I’ve done from the sessions.

If you’re not keen on Tumblr then I’m still posting to my Instagram “@n1_smith”, but not so much my Twitter/“X” these days.

Last Watercolour of the Year, and Goals for the Next!

In 2021 I set out to learn watercolour, as it’s a medium that I’ve wanted to get a handle on for some time now. The year has now passed, and I can honestly see a big difference in not only how I approach watercolour, but how much better they turn out in comparison to when I started. Don’t get me wrong though, I still have room for improvement!

Below is my last watercolour of the year. It’s a small painting, roughly 9 x 13cm, of a bauble that’s been on the tree for as long as I can remember. I like painting at these smaller sizes - it doesn’t feel as bigger a defeat if it doesn’t turn out as you’d hope!

Christmas Tree Bauble Watercolour Painting

So what about next year? Well, I hope to continue with my watercolours, but in addition to that I’m really wanting to improve my drawings in general. This means that I’ll mostly concentrate on studying the fundamentals like anatomy, perspective etc. I also want to play around with different mediums a bit more and experiment with different styles too.

Anyway, enough with my ramblings - wishing you all the best for 2022.

A New Home for My Blog!

Welcome to my new blog! I’m hoping to use this a place where I can share something a little more substantial than what I put up on social media. This will probably include more in-depth process posts, things from courses or studies I’m currently undertaking, and maybe a review or two.

Anyway, I hope you stick around and enjoy what you find here!