Sketchbook Practice : Insects

With the long summer nights in the northern hemisphere giving us lots of extra sunshine at the moment I've been trying to put that time to constructive use. I've got a habit of always being busy, always trying to finish what often seems like a never ending to do list. This often means that I forget to create for my own enjoyment. This doesn't mean I don't enjoy running my little illustration business. But it doesn't always allow for creating in a way thats relaxing and free of purpose. 

So I’ve rejigged my daily routine to make it balanced and healthier. The days I'm working on my illustration business I have work hours blocked out to prevent me from mindlessly working away in to the night hours and feeling rubbish the next day. I have also gave myself space for being creative for myself. I get my sketchbooks, paints and pencils out. Then I create whatever on my mind to make. Over the last week thats been bugs! 

  Bumble Bees,  watercolour, gouache and pencil, June Sketchbook.

Bumble Bees, watercolour, gouache and pencil, June Sketchbook.

 Mixing Gouache and watercolour, doodling bugs and worms, June 2018

Mixing Gouache and watercolour, doodling bugs and worms, June 2018

 Painting more insects, June 2018.

Painting more insects, June 2018.

 Working with a limited palette painting more bugs! June 2018

Working with a limited palette painting more bugs! June 2018

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