Gaining confidence with my new Labrador Collection
Since I was little, I have always had a lovable Labrador as a friend in the family. I love everything about Labradors, their amazing temperament, their loyalty and of course their adorable face is just the best. So I thought, why not create a collection devoted to my favourite animal? With this collection, I took the time to develop a new unique style to make sure I created repeats that were beautiful.
Watercolours and charcoal
With this design, came a whole new way of drawing for me. I was given some willow charcoal for Christmas, something that I had not used since college. I wasn’t too sure at first how I would approach this new tool as I have always created drawings with watercolour. At first I would do separate charcoal and watercolour drawings. I just wasn’t quite feeling it. How am I suppose to create artwork that wasn’t using watercolours? Then came the brain wave of, why not combine both? At first I could not get the balance right and I tried to over complicate things. Then I thought, why not simply things? YES!
This new way of working was revolutionary. I had found my STYLE.
After creating simple drawings , I gained more and more confidence every time I used watercolour and charcoal together. I was always told that I couldn’t really draw, but now I felt like the world was my oyster! I proved everyone wrong!
As you can see above, I began drawing simple silhouettes. I was aiming to get the basics in there, the right proportions, the correct colours and not letting the charcoal dominating the drawings.
I continued to draw and draw, developing my technique each time and gaining more and more confidence. I was adding shadows, making the face more defined and even showing emotion.
This felt amazing.
Normally, I don’t have too much patience and If a drawing takes more than an hour I will scrap it or move on to the next. However this time, I took a deep breath and gave myself the entire morning to create the drawings you see above. I am so glad I did as once I had drawn the portraits above, I could not believe that I had personally done these. This was a moment in my art career that I was not going to forget. To me, these were the best drawings I had done to date.
I now know that taking the time out to develop your work, try new avenues and explore techniques is so important in order to improve yourself and to feel motivated. Also, it is ok to take some time out if you are not feeling it. Perhaps a night off will give you that burst of inspiration you have been longing for!
After developing my technique and personal style, I began to turn my drawings into repeat patterns. I kept a very natural colour palette, reflecting the nature I see around me and keeping simple backgrounds so that my new charcoal and watercolour drawings really pop!
I am so happy with this new collection, as it has shown me what I am capable as a designer and that anything is possible! If you would like to see my new collection, it is now available on all sorts of products for wholesale and I also have a range of fabrics in my shop. Just click the button below.