Reference Images

Riverside | Ekaterina Orlovie

This week, we went on a hunt for reference images! In my opinion, having a strong library of resources is one of the best thing you can do as an artist, designer or illustrator. It could be a library of fonts if you’re a designer, or in my case, it’s reference photos I can use later when working on an illustration. Animators and fine artists have a history of using reference images in their work, so you can say I took a page from their books – here is one of my favorite examples from Norman Rockwell.

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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.

Monday Flowers

Flowers |

Painting flowers well into midnight is the best way to deal with Daylight Savings, don’t you think? I’m trying out a new dark navy ink here, not sure if I’m supposed to dilute it with water but it’s coming out really nice.