Michael’s Journal

Michael’s Journal - student project

For this class, I want to try watercolour markers and brush.  I am really interested to see how practical they will be as quick sketching tools. 

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Day 1: Whenever I want to draw or paint, I grab a large coffee and turn on some relaxing jazz music and imagine I’m sketching away in a pleasant cafe with a warm, relaxing atmosphere.   

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Day 2: Recently I learned about the different forms of Apophenia (The  tendency to see meaningful connections between unrelated things).  As someone who does a lot of drawing, I find Pareidolia to be the most interesting form of this fascinating phenomenon.

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Day 3: During the last year, I have been creating with watercolours. 
I started out with the intention of drawing my watercolour set but decided instead to explore how It felt to embrace the medium after years of working digitally.

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Day 4: Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about Ancient Greek & Japanese mythology.  With Greek ceramic motifs in mind, I wanted to see how my watercolour pens would fare in laying down blocks of solid colour.  I’m really happy with the result.
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Day 5: Ingredients to my mess.

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Day 6:  My daily routine during lockdown generally includes three main activities: Train in the morning, teach in the afternoon and game in the evening.

I’m finding the fine tip on the Aqua pens are great for hatching and drawing precise details.

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Day 7:  My current cravings are all pretty unhealthy.  I think the cards hold more nutrients than most of these snacks. :-)

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Day 8:  I keep wearing the same comfy yet unflattering clothes I’ve been wearing right through 2020.  I don’t know how I’m going to adapt to wearing sensible clothes again following a year of lockdowns.

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Day 9: Self Care Necessities.  
I had to work quickly today, so went straight in with the larger end of the brush pen.  Quite happy with the results given the time available.

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Day 10: Toiletry Bag Favourites.

I tried working quickly again today, using only the broader brush tip to lay down flat colour in the hope of creating more of a saturated graphic style.

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Day 11: Groceries.  Today, I had the time to explore how the watercolour pens would cope with drawing a more detailed illustration.  

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Day 12: My Favourite Corner.  
I wanted to try some freehand perspective drawing and hatching today without using water. 

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Day 13: My Reliable Recipe is a simple omelette.  I applied pigments from the pens to a palette and lifted them with a watercolour brush.

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Day 14: #Obsessed.  I didn’t have much time to draw today so opted for a cheery cartoony style.

I have loved taking part in this course and can’t believe it’s day 14 already.

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