My inktober will be in Linocut !

Bonjour !

This is Inktober again !

Inktober is a challenge for al artists who want to get better at inking, or any other technique.

I wanted to improve on a new medium I started not long ago : linocut ! 

linocut whale

My challenge for this inktober, that I ended up calling linoctober for me, is to do 1 linocut for each week of october. It’s 5 linocut in total and I took a theme that I like : Travel.

I’m very new to linocut and although I might not be able to give some tips yet, I can talk to you about my experience.

As of today I already made two prints : the forest and the whale.

Forest linocut print

And it had been very fun and helped me find more focus in what I do, as each carving stroke is important. I need to keep my focus during all the time I am carving my linocut.

I invite you to go check my instagram. Each week I do a give away to offer to one of my followers the linocut print done during the week :

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Giveaway time ! Yes yes yes ! Let's do a giveaway for this #inktober linocut print as well. To get it, its very simple : 1. be following me 2. like the post 3. tag a friend in the comments for an extra chance. 4. Share this post in your story or profile for an extra chance. 5. good luck ! I will give the result wednesday 17th ! yay ! #giveaway #freebies #Linocut #printmaking #linoprint #gravure #blockprint #carved #workinggirl #forest #begreen #carving #etsyhandmade #justprintmaking #inktober #inktober2018 #linogravure #handcarved #handmade #etsy #seller #instadaily #creative #process #artistsoninstagram #independantwomen #instagood #reliefprint #illustration #craft

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I really hope I can go to the end of my challenge. I am not the kind to give up and I have managed to finish the inktober challenge the past 3 years. You can watch the sketchbook tour of my inktober of 2017 here .

Carving the whale linoblock took me two days.

It’s quite long for my standard, but during these days I was lucky enough to have a wonderful sun during the whole process. I was outside and I collected the whole process in a video :

Thank you for reading and give me strength to finish this challenge !

Don’t forget to participate in my giveaway and see you soon !

Salut !

Shop opening !

Bonjour !

This is so exciting, I am opening my etsy shop today !

Visit my shop now !

Ok ok, I admit the shop has been opened for a while now and I have been selling a few items, already, custom portrait and original art. But I had not really advertised it did I ?

I wanted to do this grand opening to start a series of illustrations, you may remember the Garden people series I did for friends a while ago ? You can see some of these ladies in my gallery, all were gifts that are sent but I wanted to do a few more to do a limited print series.

The theme picked for this series is Lilly to stay with the flower theme, 3 watercolors linked by a love story :

The "Lys" limited print series
The “Lys” limited print series

There is only 15 prints of each, all numbered and signed.

The original artworks are also for sale in the shop, I even made a few video process of the paintings so be sure to check it out :

https://youtu.be/piCiH5GIuwE

I’m really glad to have started this adventure and I’m planning on doing other limited series like this and propose it in my etsy shop.

For now I hope you’ll enjoy this one. I loved drawing these 3.

Princess original art
Princess original art

Oh and I almost forgot !  I am starting linocut and one of my first test is this Lilly print, It’s a fun technique and I quite love it, maybe I’ll do more in the future, but for now I can’t sell those so I am offering my first prints to the first 20 shoppers who buy something in my shop, as well as Lilly stickers as long as I have some.

Thanks for reading this article ! And Thanks for visiting my shop, the link is here.

Salut !

 

 

 

New books and back to work !

Bonjour !

Summer is over and it is time to get back into the studio for a new year of productivity. Actually I did work a lot this summer, I traveled a bit for sure but I was also working on this child book :

Book illustrated and written by Isabelle Arné for Titalbum

It is fully made in watercolor and I am quite proud of the result. Although it is written in French I highly invite you to have a look at the full book on Titalbum, it is free to read !

Don’t hesitate to give a good review to give a chance to my book to win the contest ! Yay !

Be sure I will talk more about my process and the illustrations inside the book in future posts. It was a real challenge for me to create this book and I felt how much I improved in watercolor.

 

But there is more ! Yes, I made the covers for 2 books, fully illustrated Soda pop drop and autumn is the time where new books get out in shops, so these 3 are now available to buy on Amazon.

It makes me so happy to see all these come to life, thanks to the authors to have trusted me with their book covers, and Mallory to let me illustrate all her book.

Find them :  Soda Pop DropMidnight Creek TalesSpecular 

On top of that I am very glad to say that the Kickstarter by Tabulit that I talked about in a previous post is funded and my comic will be in it. I’ll happily wait for that ! What a good time 😀

Cover book design fantasy new book

 

Thanks for reading !

I’ll have a bit of reading myself now.

 

A bientôt !

Best

Isabelle

 

Plein air Adventures

Bonjour !

I you follow me on Instagram you might already have seen some of my plein air paintings I did during my trip to the Pyrénées, a nice mountain chain in the south of France.

During this two weeks trip I had for a plan to do as much watercolors and gouaches as I could.

And I did quite a few so I’m kinda happy about that, I also learned a lot and managed to improve my watercolor skills and maybe a bit my gouache skills ? I had low quality gouache that did not go well with the travelling situation, maybe I’ll talk about my gouache experience in another post.

Let me show you my process for one of these plein air watercolor :

Watercolor subject choice

First of all, a bit of the story on the location : Mefisheye and I went hiking to this place, it was a two days hike, quite an easy one but we still had to walk a bit to gain the 2350 m high lake that is hidden behind this small refuge. During that hike we did other watercolors ( that I will also share with you at the end ) but for now let’s focus on this one.

When I hike I try to have a minimum of supplies with me because weight is really important, the less the better !

Hiking watercolor supplies and materials, sketchbook, watercolor, pencils

I only took my homemade watercolor palette, a few brushes ( the splatters I love so much ) a graphite mechanical pencil, my trusty pen, the sketchbook I made ( that has seen better days, but hikes aren’t nice on books ) and a small bottle of water.

I start my sketch with the big graphite pencil.

Sketch with graphite mechanical pencil

I’ve really grown in love this big pencil, it is quite heavy and it teaches me to go simple and just focus on the main shapes. I know the pencil may stay in the end because it’s not the kind that disappear with water but I kinda like the look of it in the end, you’ll see.

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