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 :
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 !
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.
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.
I recently finished these two sketchbooks, the first one was offered to me by Paperblanks. You can see here the article I made for them at the time, I had another sketchbook by the same brand. It is such lovely sketchbook, I just love drawing in it. But starting the begining of the year I also had the wish to learn watercolor more seriously and needed a sketchbook with real watercolor paper.
Unable to find a fitting sketchbook I decided to make my own ! I even made a video about it ( here ).
Let’s see what is inside these sketchbooks
My Paperblanks sketchbook is more about doing researches and having fun with drawing that are not supposed to be pretty but more functionnal.
And most of all, this sketchbook hold memories of what happenened during that time. For exemple this one was with me for 8 month, so I had time to reccord a few memories in it. Memories of projects, like blue beard, and also memories of days passed like these drawings done on a sunny day by the bicycle road.
The watercolor sketchbook was more about experimentations, trying to get the hang of some watercolor techniques and make my style evolve.
Welcome to this new and improved website. I’ve recently felt the need for changes.
If you’re new to this website, let me introduce myself:
I’m Isabelle Arné, I love illustration and it’s been my passion since youth and my work since 2013.
I live in the South of France and work from home on personal and client projects. I invite you to go through the gallery to see more of these. I’ve worked on various projects including child books, books cover design, comics anthologies and even some animated cartoons.
I’ve had a blog for a long long time but I’ve stopped it two years ago because of the lack of time I had and I have to say the growing time the social medias took me.
But I feel like blogging is very important to me and I want to go back to it, share with you some parts of my work, my experiences and my growth. It’s also something I’ve started shyly with Youtube but showing my face and talking is still hard to me so this blog will serve as a complement to these videos as well.
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