By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. July 2014.
This was me trying to be a bit less persnickety about my watercolors. Normally I like having everything sketched out with pencil before I start painting with watercolors, and I tend to agonize about getting the colors right, worried I’ll mess up the painting. So this was an exercise for me, to just be expressive with color and not worry about making it perfect. It’s still looking a little hazy and unfinished at this point; I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go from here. The building in the background is supposed to be in ruins. This was also sort of concept art for my Amara story.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. July 2014.

This was me trying to be a bit less persnickety about my watercolors. Normally I like having everything sketched out with pencil before I start painting with watercolors, and I tend to agonize about getting the colors right, worried I’ll mess up the painting. So this was an exercise for me, to just be expressive with color and not worry about making it perfect. It’s still looking a little hazy and unfinished at this point; I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go from here. The building in the background is supposed to be in ruins. This was also sort of concept art for my Amara story.

By Kelsey Hamersley. July 2014. Pencil and watercolor.

Doodle gone wild and turned into something expressive. She’s thinking of wings and escape, reaching for the sky, but turns into a tree instead—imprisoned.

I sketched this in pencil and painted the colors in on not-very-sturdy sketchbook paper, which was not showing much respect for watercolors on my part. It’s more of a concept at this point; I could see doing a more finished version eventually.

Work in progress - a scene from my Amara story (which I now have a bit of up on Figment! ^_^). I’ve doodled stuff before for it in some different styles, here and here.
Mostly just roughing in the colors and values so far. I’m definitely still getting used to Photoshop! I can bring projects up to that chunky, awkward, unfinished level, but never know what to do with them after that. This story would be great practice for me to create concept art, though; I have vivid mental images of scenes and settings that would lend themselves well to painting.

Work in progress - a scene from my Amara story (which I now have a bit of up on Figment! ^_^). I’ve doodled stuff before for it in some different styles, here and here.

Mostly just roughing in the colors and values so far. I’m definitely still getting used to Photoshop! I can bring projects up to that chunky, awkward, unfinished level, but never know what to do with them after that. This story would be great practice for me to create concept art, though; I have vivid mental images of scenes and settings that would lend themselves well to painting.

Sketch dump by Kelsey Hamersley. August 2014.

I know, another sketch dump! But this will be it for now, until I doodle up some more. Around the time I started drawing these up, I was obsessed with Polyvore and was on there way too much, to the point that when I closed my eyes I would see dresses, so I spent a little more time on the costumes than I usually do. I had also been looking at some mori stuff at the time.

Beyond the focus on clothes and character design, I’ve been trying to draw guys more often lately. It’s kind of silly with me, but when I first got really into drawing when I was around twelve years old (I’ve always drawn, but that was when I started spending hours at it) I avoided drawing guys because it was, I don’t know, embarrassing? I felt awkward about it. I was probably worried people would think I was trying to draw someone I had a crush on or something. And I mostly kept out of that habit all through my teenage years, except for when I drew people from life or using reference. In more recent years, the struggle has been that I’m so out of practice that when I do try drawing guys, they look stupid. Or they look like girls. So I’ve had to finally face up to that and start practicing. I seem to be getting a little more comfortable with it now.

Sketch dump by Kelsey Hamersley. Summer 2014.

Sorry I keep posting so many of these! I haven’t done much serious painting lately, but I’ve been getting back into the habit of doodling, especially before I go to bed, and I’m loving it. I hardly ever bother with reference for these drawings, so the hands and other anatomy (not to mention the cloth folds…I know I need some serious help in that area!) aren’t spectacular. But it’s a lot of fun just letting myself be creative, grabbing a pencil and a sketchpad and seeing what happens.

For the first drawing I have posted, I was playing around with my characters for East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I remember seeing silhouettes for characters for various animated movies before; people stress having distinguished shapes for each character, so I thought I’d give it a try with the main couple. I still haven’t gotten the lassie’s face quite right, but it’s cool seeing how my concept of her has changed over that first initial drawing I did way back when. I’m kind of tempted to jump back into that flat, art nouveau style, though!

The Bible verses I have jotted down in the corner of the second drawing (in even worse handwriting than usual for me) are Psalm 62:1,2, and 5. They spoke to me a lot at the time, so I wanted to hold on to them. The last couple of years have been kind of rough for me; it was a good reminder.

By Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014.

Sketch dump by Kelsey Hamersley. 2014.
This is what my sermon notes tend to look like. :) Which is probably just as well, seeing as my handwriting is pretty nigh indecipherable anyway. I actually do find it easier to listen when I’m drawing.

By Kelsey Hamersley. August 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. August 2014.

Wishing Willow by bookels. August 2014.
Playing around with Sketchbook Pro again. I’m not sure if I’m done with this one yet…

Wishing Willow by bookels. August 2014.

Playing around with Sketchbook Pro again. I’m not sure if I’m done with this one yet…

A quick little study of my mom’s cat, Sabrina, painted on a piece of scrap Bristol. Pen & ink and watercolor. February 2014.

A quick little study of my mom’s cat, Sabrina, painted on a piece of scrap Bristol. Pen & ink and watercolor. February 2014.

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