Sketching in.... Chapter one

December 28, 2017

This Christmas I realize that I love Christmas' decoration, and some places take care of it really well, one of That is "Chapter One", here in Manchester. I think there is a new owner because it changes much since the first time I was in there. Now I love this palace and makes me feel fantastic and special.


Well, the subject of this post is "How to sketch for abstract paint".

I found by internet an artist called Flora Bowley how makes intuitive abstract paint, she paints directly on the canvas without a previous sketch.
For my first abstract works, I made the same, and the result for me was good, but I don't like to leave the work to the luck.
Because of this I've started to research more abstract painters and a few weeks ago I found Heather Day, she makes sketch previous to work on canvas and her sketches become art. She is an amazing artist, the colours, textures and shapes are simples and attracter. But, I'll talk in another moment.

At this point, I know that I don't know how to sketch for abstract paint. And this is stressful.
I have to find my own way and this is one of my subjects for the new year's wish list.
And I have to find inspiration in something particular, not leave to the moment.

My new year's wish list is increasing too much.
Ok, see you next year. Be creative and have funn!

Happy New Year!


Working on canvas

December 23, 2017

I always wanted paint abstract but I thought that before I needed to learn how to draw realistic.
This year I've focused my effort on improving my drawing skills and it was hard and sometimes not funny and absolutely not colours, too dark. At this point, at the end of the year and with not much money in my pocket, I've decided to put colour and funny in my art.
To start I've bought a cheaper paper for acrylic and watercolours, just to practice, but it was really bad quality.....

The cheaper sometimes is expensive!!!!
But at the moment, I don't care too much, I'm experimenting and from the mistakes, I get my own style.
On the other hand, a friend gave me three small pictures of New York on canvas that he had at home to practice on canvas, and these were the first to paint.
I'm very sorry to destroy the New York pictures, I love New York, but I can't spend much money on art at the moment.

Hung on the wall

I'm happy with the result, I know that the canvas wasn't the best, of course, but I have colour in my bedroom and I learn how to use my new tool, cheaper ones, but  I'm happy with the result and my new pictures.

My friend Peter gave me another big canvas and that will be my next project. I can't wait to start painting.

See you soon and Merry, Merry Christmas!


Art on a Christmas card!

December 12, 2017

Hi there!
Yep, It's time to send the Christmas card and I'm already done it.
I started to work on it a few months ago but I didn't realise that.
I attended an online course about patterns in Domestika and I made few experiments, one of this was a heart surrounded by colours' dots.

So, I decided to use that as a base for the abstract's acrylic work.
After more than three layers on top of this and now I had the final background.

I cut in 5,5" to 5,5" the envelope size, expired ones from last year.

 Finally, the Christmas' tree on each card or making a mess in my kitchen.

  And these are the finals. The yellow is my personal's card gift.
To end, the signature.

 And the Christmas cards are ready to launch.

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy new year!

See you soon!
Be happy and creative!


More colour, please!

December 01, 2017


I love libraries and bookshops since I live in Uk I've got 4 different libraries' card, three from London and one in Manchester. Someone can think that I'll never use them, but it's not true.
Last Wednesday I went to return "The upset" Young contemporary art, very interesting one book of art, and in my way back home I stopped to take a hot chocolate in "Costa Caffee".
Costa is a big coffee shop company and there are shops around the world. The shops have a nice atmosphere and a lot of kinds of different coffees and hot chocolate, but the light in there is not really good to draw.

When I took out my sketchbook and tried to draw something I realised that the colour and the light around me was foul and my sheet needed some colour.
The most important colour was brown, boring brown everywhere.
I tried to take a picture next to the window but was a cloudy day and it wasn't better.

Eventually, I realised that I need colour in my drawings, in my house and in my life.

What do you think about your life? Does your life need more colour?
Or maybe it's because is almost winter?

The challenger for this weekend is put colour in my house!!!!

  Take care and see you soon!


Art on walls

November 24, 2017

Hello everyone!
I don't how your house is, but I know mine and my walls need a pretty change and colour.
After Inktober I continue drawing on ink and this is too much black colour around. Because of that, I made a mess in my kitchen and I took my acrylic paints on to create something new.
I'm not confident with acrylic paint, I used it once before, but I love and I need colour in my life. Don't you?
Bedside, I'm confident with ink and I decided to enjoy them.

On this occasion, I used the primary colours to give more shine to the piece and a marker Micron 005 on paper. Very basic once!

I'm happy, I like much the final issue!

 And this week I have a new piece of art in my tiny living room!
I would like to remove the paper wall, but it's a flat rented and I can't!
Be happy and see you soon!
Be creative and be loved!


Drawing in ...

November 20, 2017

Hi there!
Today I'd like to tell you something more about me.
I love coffee and since I live in Manchester I love infusions and teas as well, besides, I studied interior design many years ago and here there are a lot of nice places to enjoy.
If I joy these passion I get a breakfast drawing in a nice place, what more can I ask to the life?

One of these places is "Proper Tea", they take care of all of the details, the atmosphere is quiet at the first time in the morning but on Sunday when the mess is finished at the Manchester Cathedral the parishioners are coming and the ambient is much more lively. In the afternoon is full of people having "The Afternoon Tea".
They give you an hourglass to prepare your tea as strong as you prefer, this is a great detail for me and you have a large variety of bakery to satisfy your starvation.

Proper Tea was my destination las Sunday, I took my breakfast and prepare the sketches for my Christmas card of this year.

This is the result of the morning.

And now it is ready to apply the products of my shop.

Just I want to wish you have a nice week.
See you soon and in the midtime, please be creative and happy.

Some data

What's illustration?

November 13, 2017

Don't listen, don't talk, don't watch.

I don't want to bore you with technical information and long text. You can find all this information on the internet, everything is in the red.

If you check a vocabulary or dictionary, you can read:
    A picture illustrating a book, newspaper, etc.    
           ‘an illustration of a yacht’
  • 2mass noun The action or fact of illustrating something.
       ‘by way of illustration, I refer to the following case’
  1. 2.1 An illustrative example.
       ‘this accident is a graphic illustration of the disaster that's waiting to happen’

  One word, one illustration: Love.

And at this point, we can find illustrations everywhere, illustration is around us, on television, on newspapers, on books, on adverts and they are using different techniques, collage, digital, watercolours, ink.....

I would like to make a list of the most important illustration's sort. 
  • Archaeological.
  • Botanical.
  • Concept art.
  • Editorial and books.
  • Fashion.
  • Information graphics.
  • Technical.
  • Medical.
  • Narrative.
  • Scientific.
For the moment, I just show you some examples of Archaeological illustration, next week another kind of illustration examples.

For the next time more examples of Botanical Illustration.
In the midtime, I'll try something new inspired on the Archaeological Illustration.

Be creative and see you soon.

Free illustration

Free illustration.

November 09, 2017

Hello everyone!
Today I want to share with you this illustration about the autumn I've already printed and put in a frame on my desk.

You know that I love my new tool, Procreate App, and the video process, so, here there is the video of this drawing.

If you are interested in this illustration, you can get it for free at the link below.

or from the picture:

See you soon and be creative!


From sketch to digital

November 06, 2017

Today I want to show you how I do to finish some of my works.

As usual, I start with a sketch in a sketchbook or on a piece of paper, and if I am happy with that I like past it to a digital. Few month ago I used Photoshop, but recently I gave to me a big present for a good and hard work in my day job.
An Ipad-pro and Apple pencil, the best buy ever.
For this illustration, I used that and Procreate app, the cheaper and amazing one. I love it and I spend a lot of time drawing with it.
Ok, this is the original from my journal.

One of the best points for Procreate app is the possibility to make a video at the same time that you are drawing. It's amazing.

I hope that you had enjoyed this, I did drawing it.
Thank you for watching, see you soon.


Another Inktober finished

November 03, 2017

Another year inking for Inktober.
Another year that I've not completed the challenge, but I'm happy because of the progress in my inking and drawing, I can see the difference seen the last Inktober.
Here, there are the last and my favourites as well.

 My challenge for this year was to draw portraits and it was really hard but productive, I've improved my female face skill.

And now I have a lot of plans to work on; if you want to know we'll see soon.