Watercolor Sketchbooks Tour

This week I wanted to share my Moleskin watercolor sketchbooks and some thoughts on sketchbooks in general. Quick backstory – In college, I had a teacher who required us to keep sketchbooks for a painting class. At first, it was a pain to keep up with working daily in a sketchbook but over the semester it became a habit for which I am forever grateful now.

In addition to seeing how your art evolves through practice, the feeling of accomplishment from routine drawing/painting is so satisfying and almost addictive. I feel like it moves me forward just a little bit every time I pick up a pencil and doodle something. A sketchbook can be messy, very experimental, and deeply personal. A drawing in a sketchbook doesn’t have to look finished, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s like someone has given me permission to explore without many limits. The exploration that happens inside a sketchbook doesn’t need to produce results but it will anyway (if you keep at it) over time.

In these sketchbooks, you’ll see a lot of flowers, characters and some early sketches of the Doom and Bloom series. You won’t see many thumbnails here because I really wanted to take advantage of the watercolor paper. I do have another sketchbook where I thumbnail but it’s not complete yet. My hope is that this inspires your own practice. Don’t be afraid of the blank pages of your sketchbook!

Watercolor Sketchbooks Tour | orlovie.com

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Into the Forest

Fall is here! Well..it’s almost here. You can tell the weather is shifting toward cool evenings, there are pumpkin spice everything on the shelves, and even Halloween stores are starting to spring up like mushrooms. Speaking of which! I asked on Instagram what kind of fall wallpaper people wanted to see and mushrooms was the most popular choice. So here are a few phone fall autumn wallpapers. If you have suggestions for the next free wallpaper, just comment below or DM me on Instagram/Twitter. For a bit of spring, try the cherry wallpaper. Enjoy!

To download: Either right click > Open Image in a New Tab, maximize, then right click and select Save Image As, or just right click and select Save Image As. If you’re on your phone – just hold/press the image until a Save Image option pops up. These are 1080×1920 but if you need another size, let my know.

Katya Orlovie | Fall Autumn Phone Wallpaper

Katya Orlovie | Fall Autumn Phone Wallpaper

Katya Orlovie | Fall Autumn Phone Wallpaper

Katya Orlovie | Fall Autumn Phone Wallpaper

Lady in the Water

Lady in the Water | Katya Orlovie

I find watercolors to be so peaceful sometimes but I don’t think this drawing starts from a peaceful place. Currently researching horror movies that happen in small spaces or just one space – like hotel rooms, and this drawing came about. How do we feel about watercolor paint in layers that overlap instead of blend into each other? It’s kind of working for me here.