Week 21 Animal Art Series: Neon Insects

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’m working on a new weekly theme to do daily drawings, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration.

I finished my sketchbook page for week 21 in my animal art series with Neon Insects.

week 21 neon insects

I wanted the initial drawings to look like a bumble bee, may fly, wasp, fly, mosquito, cockroach, boxelder, centipede, walking stick and earwig, but I didn’t want them to look so realistic that the page would be scary. So I experimented with neon gouache paint for the first time, which was fun to try. I thought the consistency was more like acrylic than gouache or watercolor paint. I don’t love acrylic but I loved the brightness results so I will definitely use these colors more in my illustration projects.

closeup of neon insects neon insectsCan’t wait to turn this playful sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!


Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish

Click here to see Weeks 17-20: Backyard Birds, Flamingos, Peacock and Macaws

New Tiny Art: Set of Coral Reef

It’s been awhile since I’ve made tiny art, so I’m excited to be able to share some new work.

Since I was in Florida recently for Spring Break, I still have the ocean, the beach and sea life on my mind, so I went with a coral reef theme for this week’s set of tiny art.

It’s fun to experiment on a small canvas (2.5″ x 3.5″) with a variety of art supplies – this week I used my gouache palette, Micron pens and white Gelly Roll pen to add a few details.

tiny art sea life

I try to post these tiny pieces of art regularly on Instagram if you want to follow along. I love the challenge of coming up with a weekly theme and working on a small canvas, so I’m hoping to continue this regular art practice in 2016.

Happy drawing!