Pencil to Digital (4th Time)

"Tilly" 2019
“Tilly” 2019

I have given up trying to come up with new names for these posts, so I just added “4th Time” to the title of it. But I guess since I often do these pencil sketches that end up in Adobe Illustrator, it’s become my medium(s) of choice, so that’s a good thing!

Speaking of names, I sometimes don’t know what to name each drawing. This time I named the drawing “Tilly” because I was looking at Tilly’s to see if there are any nice shirt collars to use as references. But I ended up just going with a plain t-shirt. 😜

Here’s the pencil sketch that I based the digital version from:

"Pencil Sketches" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Pencil Sketches” Cedar Park, 2019

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.


If you’re interested in my favorite sketching gear that I use, you can find a list here.

Have a good day!

Pencil Sketch to Digital Drawing

The other day I sketched the following portrait in my sketchbook:

"Sketch" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Sketch” Cedar Park, 2019

It’s one of my daily sketches, in which I spend 10 minutes or so putting pencil or pen to paper. Occasionally I’ll take a sketch that I like and then make a digital version. In this case, I took the photo, dropped it into Adobe Illustrator and drew the lines (no tracing for me!), then added the colors. I’m pleased at how it turned out. ☺

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

By the way, I’ve been enjoying using the Ain Black eraser (and I erase A LOT!). It works so well!

またね~

Ink Version

"Ink Portrait" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Ink Portrait” Cedar Park, 2018

こなばんは。How’s it going?

For today’s drawing, I wanted to work on another version of the previous sketch, but instead of just pencil or watercolor, I wanted to go black and white. I have a container of Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Ink and an Ohuhu water brush and it was fun to use them together. I am pleased with how this version turned out! I had previously used the ink with a cheap brush on regular sketch paper, but using the ink with the firm water brush on watercolor paper makes a HUGE difference! It’s a combination I can see myself enjoying often in the future.

"Watercolor Portrait" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Watercolor Portrait” Cedar Park, 2018
"2017.12.05 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“2017.12.05 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2018

So, it’s been a couple weeks since I started my Daily Drawing habit, and it’s been going well. I’ve only missed one day where I didn’t do something in my sketchbook (traveling and didn’t get to the hotel until 1:30 am!) which is a nice accomplishment. So I’m pretty proud of that. 😊

I hope you had a good day!

またね~

Watercolor Portrait

"Watercolor Portrait" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Watercolor Portrait” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。

Tonight I did a watercolor version of a sketch I did a few days ago. It’s so much fun to play with color! I used my Prima “The Classics” watercolors, plus a couple other Windsor & Newton colors that Bay got me for my birthday.

"2017.12.05 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“2017.12.05 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2018

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

I hope you had a good day!

またね~

Ukulele Watercolor

"Ukulele Watercolor" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Ukulele Watercolor” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight I did a little watercolor of my pineapple ukulele. And by little, I mean A5 size. You see, since I switched to the A5-sized binder, I’ve been waiting for the special Carl 20-hole punch to arrive so that I can add any kind of paper to the binder without using tape or glue. I am excited to be able to add watercolor paper at A5 size, or actually any size A5 or smaller.

So tonight I created this on a hand-cut piece of watercolor paper, then used the new hole-punch, and added it to the binder. I think it is going to work out nicely!

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

"Watercolor Set" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
“Watercolor Set” Cedar Park, 2018
"Art Binder" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Art Binder” Cedar Park, 2018