Working with Staedtler Double Sided Watercolour pens


Rabbit Town Art illustration
Nigiri Drawings I painted in a food court in the city

In April, I finished quite a few new motifs like sushi, lucky cats and goldfish.  I even managed to make a series of new goldfish patterns. It's been really enjoyable working with Staedtler water colour pens and playing around with more traditional drawings and motifs to make patterns.

Drawing on the couch and not wanting to record

I like using this art product when am out and about because it dries faster than normal water colour, I don't have to change my watercolour water regularly and if I don't get a chance to paint it, I can have the areas that I want painted at home.  I like the textures as well once it's all scanned in Photoshop.

Scanned into Photoshop

I had a goldfish and nigiri stint in April and only managed to make the patterns this month.  I think it makes the work flow easier and faster for me if I sit down and make all the motifs first, then edit everything in Photoshop next and finally just keep trying different patterns with whatever I got after that!  More motifs than I need to use rather than realizing I don't have enough and need to draw more is always better.

Japanese food nigiri illustration by Marta Tesoro
My Nigiri pattern

Japanese inspired drawings and motifs is something I do a lot.  I've visited Japan 4 times and am definitely aiming to visit the place again and I have a lot of lucky cats so am always keen to design them in my own work.

One of my favourite motifs to do, lucky cats!

Lucky Cats combined with nigiri drawings

What are your illustration inspirations?  Am ending this blog with my super cute office croissant.  This fluffy boy inspires me a lot in my work too.


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