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Sundry Watercolor Sketches 2 by nicholaskole Sundry Watercolor Sketches 2 by nicholaskole
SO...recently I've been doing a lot of sketching in ballpoint and prussian blue watercolor. I haven't posted any of it up here since I wasn't sure the DA community would be that interested in my sketches. But people who read my blog seem to like it- so I thought I'd toss it up here!

It relaxes me to loosen up and let go of my feeling of responsibility to render everything out. I do a lot more of this now than I do "finished" work. And you know what? I like it more.

These are an assortment of some of my favorite sketches over the last 6 months or so.
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kurzewa Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
:) cudnie malujesz...... będę tu zachodzić do Ciebie
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha- sorry, what? I don't speak polish :)
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JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Some of them looks like Tolkien Characters!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
because they are! :D good catch :)
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JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
OOH!
Gotcha!
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
You draw with a ball point pen and then wash over it with water color?
Or water color out the basics and add in details with the ball point?

I'm interested in trying out such a style. I also have water color pencils, but they have been difficult to use so far.

Nice work!:icongrin--plz:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I draw quickly with a blue ballpoint and then use prussian blue watercolor and a brush over the top of that.
I've never used watercolor pencils before- I prefer watercolor paint in a tube (that way I can more easily control how light/dark the paint is)

Good luck!
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aedifico Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
All the LotR ones are my favorite, forever. :D
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha- I'm a big fan ^_^
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raychleadele Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Is that a hobbit I see? :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha. dude- always. I love hobbits.
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dandelion-cloud Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love it! Thank you for sharing. It's such an inspiration to see other artists' sketchbooks and loose work. It has so much more personality in my eyes than the finished products.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I think so too, you know? It's a lot more liberating to make as well.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
So you draw something with a pen, then paint in the shadows with blue watercolor? That's really cool.Love the LOTR characts in the middle.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yup! Just blue ballpoint and some light washes of prussian blue watercolor. And yeah- I was watching Two Towers :)
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SolForSale Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
BIIN! I love that little jelly! <3 so cute.

Though there is something about the little guy, on the bottom right hand corner. Such character! From the oversized sleeves, to the flower patterning on the pants, and the fuzzy hat! Love it, and it's perfect with the scarf too. And to wrap it all up, is the simple little word at the bottom "warm."

Nice!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ thanks for looking closely. I love me some Biin too...she's very easy to doodle.
The bottom one you noticed was part of a series of prompts that my ex gave me to keep me drawing- I would open an envelope each day for a week and there'd be a new word or sentence I had to draw from- that day's was "warm"
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SolForSale Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome. I try to take it more then just the whole picture, but little details as well. And Biin is always cute! I love your Jelly ideas. Really neat and new!

Wow. That is a really cool idea for prompts! Simple, yet it seems to work.
Though was it more like you had a pile of envelopes to go through, or would you get handed one each day? Either way, it looks like it worked! Great stuff!
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qbenk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
damn! it's good..
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AndresPerezdelgado Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
so good, like light blue
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MacOahu Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
These are wonderful...
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loganjack Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Beautiful work.... you have a great gift. I love your use of the Prussian Blue and that colour's gentle softness, in capturing the light and shadow.
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batlesbo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I see Gandalf, Gollum, possibly Saruman? And a hobbit. All are beautiful sketches. Love them all!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ yup! I was watching two towers at the time...there are Wormtongues and Denethors in there too!
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IceColdXx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I can't speak for the entire community but I know a lot of people appreciate seeing "sketch dumps" like this, it can be very interesting. And people's sketches are usually so very pretty and lively, as are yours :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I am more than happy to dump!
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the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh man I love stuff like this. :heart: It's so beautiful and poetic.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks! I like making it- it's a lot more fun than rendering.
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LillTommy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Haha, awesome! All little worlds with their own story
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Shezkah Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Love it!


The method is one of my favourites. I especially like the way you capture shading and shadows so well.

Keep posting more if you have 'em. We'd love to see them :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks! I'm warming up the scanner as I type!
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Shezkah Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
:D
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Axel-will-own-you Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's so cool looking. I might try it. Any tips?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Get loose with it- don't be afraid, use a pen, stick to one color and relax!
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Axel-will-own-you Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I can't wait to try this now! *goes off to find watercolors*
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fabiolagarza Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yaaaaaaay!
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JoaoLemos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
oh, wow...
more, please!
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BlackBirdInk Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012   Digital Artist
over 6 months? oh... well i feel a bit better. because my first thought when i saw this was 'omg i need to shape up and get better!' seeing all in one makes me think you do pages and huge pages like this with ease. while i waist my time on tumblr. please post more!
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DuaneSantoni Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
These are brilliant!
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EssenceOfBelladonna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I love seeing sketch work! Thanks for posting these :)
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tobi1480 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are very lovely!
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