Artist Study · 30 Ways to Fill a Sketchbook · SemiSkimmedMin


Hey you lot, how is everyone. For today’s sketchbook page I’m gonna
be doing a little study of the work by Georgia O’Keefe. I actually did something like this for one
of my either GCSE or A-Level sketchbooks at school, we were looking at natural forms in
art and Georgia O’Keefe is like the ultimate for that. She also just seems like she was an amazing
woman, I’d recommend reading up on her if you haven’t heard of her. I actually spelled her name wrong at the top
here but don’t worry I corrected that by the end. You would never know. And then just as a little extra on the page,
I thought I’d do a little sketch of her before looking in to some of her work. We’ll go through this bit quite quickly
since it’s not that relevant to the topic of todays video. But I still thought you’d like to see the
process of the drawing and get an idea of how to snazz up a more sort of serious, or
informational page in your sketchbook. So like Miss O’Keefe, I decided I’d work
in watercolour today.I’m working on a really light rough sketch I did in yellow pencil,
just to get the composition vaguely in place. I didn’t realise how long it had been since
I last used watercolour but wow, I really struggled! I really couldn’t get into my stride with
it, I don’t know how it used to be like my main art medium of choice. I started out by repainting the lily from
her work titled… I didn’t write it down actually but it’s
something like Lily Turned Away. This is a really great practice, recreating
the work of one of the master’s, it helps to break things down, get a better understanding
of their process. Now it’s important when you’re doing a
study of an artist like this and their work, that you don’t just copy. It’s called a study for a reason. So definitely put a bit of time into reading
up on the artist, their process, what tools they use and how and WHY. You learn a little bit by straight copying,
but sooo much more by actually studying. So this next piece is called ‘Light Iris’. I liked this one because it had more of an
abstract feel to it. Also it has more of that cropped close-up
look that Georgia O’Keefe is famous for. I went in with coloured pencil towards the
end of this one to just sharpen things up, add depth where it needed it and little details
and things that I just couldn’t figure out with the watercolour. But… it was fun playing with the colours
and gradients and blending. Yeah I dunno, it took me way longer than I
thought it would just cos I really couldn’t remember the ins and outs of watercolour. Which is partly why I switched to gouache
for the last painting, obviously a medium I’m a lot more comfortable with but also
I think it suited the painting. The original is called ‘Leaves of a Plant’
at the end I got mixed up and wrote that it was called ‘Oriental Poppies’, but yeah
its a lot more bold in colour and opaque, I know Georgia O’Keefe sometimes used oil
instead of watercolour, I’m not sure if she did for this one, but I though gouache
would be a good substitute regardless to get across the brightness and colourfulness of
it. Straight from the beginning I knew this would
be my favourite study. The original painting itself is gorgeous,
I love the colours, and just honestly not using watercolour made me feel so much more
in control. Even though I am happy with the outcome of
the other two paintings. This one felt a little bit more me. A little bit more like something I would do. And studies like this help you trial and error
things that you otherwise might not have tried and maybe discover things you want to incorporate
into your own work. Its also a great way to learn about you know
the most fundamental names in art, in a fun way and in a way thats gonna give a little
panache to your sketchbook. Anyway I just finished up by sticking that
last one in with pritt stick and then I used a black washi tape to make little labels for
the two main paintings. I also wrote out a little quote that she supposedly
said, I know there are a lot of fake quotes floating around the internet so you never
know, but I liked it anyway. It’s basically about being put down as the
best woman painter but she sees herself as one of the best painters full stop. And that’s about it! I hope you all enjoyed today’s video. If you’re struggling to get something down
in your sketchbook I think this is a great option. If you have a go I’d love to know what artist
you do it on. But yeah til next time guys. Bye!

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. This series is super helpful for me thank you so much ! I'm currently attending interviews for uni to do illustration and this helps a bunch !!

  2. Love this series so much!! I look forward to these videos. I love seeing your progress and being genuinely inspired in my own work. Also, my god, your voice is so lovely

  3. I really like your videos. As a (part-time) artist, exploring my style, your videos help so much. I started sort of an e-gallery of my art on instagram @eiartspace. Please check it out if you have time and let me know what you think. I don't have that many posts yet so it probably won't take long to scroll through haha. I really want to put more effort in my art and I always love seeing more of your videos. <3 Ei

  4. Mini, what student grade gouache paints would you recommend in a budget, but still good enough to get
    A decent start? I'm loving this series btw:)))

  5. at the right time Minnie! Thank you for these great suggestion! beautiful sketches! I've recently visited the Georgia o'Keeffe exhibition in Vienna. She is one of my favorites artists. I love her paintings of the desert… Greetings from Austria, Bri

  6. I have been camping on your channel, waiting for another video. I am addicted 😩 great video as always! An artist study is a great exercise!

  7. I love your recreations of her work, they are beautiful. This is such a cool idea for filling sketchbook pages! This idea is definitely something I want to try out for my next sketchbook now!

  8. Awesome! if you ever make it to the US and New Mexico the Georgia O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe, NM has some good stuff. And then about and hour and a half northwest is Lake Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch where she lived. The views at lake Abiquiu are breathtaking. 🙂

  9. This is an fantastic idea!! I'll definitely keep this in mind for days I don't know what to fill my sketchbook with. Thank you for the inspiration!! Loved this video. 💕

  10. lovely! also, how did you know I was struggling to put something down in my sketchbook. you read my mind! thanks for this video, very helpful 😄

  11. I love you so much, you turn everything beautiful. I just ordered one of your pieces the other day and I absolutely love it since I got it in my hands. You're so talented, thank you for blessing us with your artwork, I'm addicted!! <3

  12. I really enjoyed this video as much as I have all of the others in this series! They are genuinely insightful and honest, I really enjoy seeing your style. I am currently doing a level art, do you happen to still have your work from when you did it, or gcse? Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely an artist I found through it also.

  13. Would you say gouache is easier to learn? I've always used watercolor in my paintings (not that I'm a pro or anything), and am always curious to give gouache a try.

  14. I really fell in love with your channel ! It would be fun to work on a sketchbook page with you 😄 Our styles would really complement in a cool way I think 👍👍

  15. Beautiful page, as always! I've been meaning to study some artists, particularly Ferdinand Hodler, I love his use of colour and just his art style overall.

  16. I love hearing you speak on your voice overs. It's so relaxing. I'm definitely gonna go back to trying gouache again in one of my art journal entries coz of this.

  17. would you believe I filled a goddamn sketchbook just to see how it feels to follow what you do. it is addictive tbh.
    thanks man!

  18. Subscribed to your channel recently and I don't know how I've only just discovered you! Your videos are all so beautiful and unique- just like your artwork 🙂

  19. I love the way you design your sketchbook pages. That's a whole art in itself. You have the kind of pages that used to make me despair and keep my from even opening my sketchbook but your videos are so inspiring and encouraging and honest about your struggles that instead, you make me want to grab my sketchbook all the time

  20. this is such a good format, I love it, you're really inspiring for me and my art! love your works and your style <3

  21. this is such a good format, I love it, you're really inspiring for me and my art! love your works and your style <3

  22. never ever have done art studies before but maybe that's why my sketchbooks always look the same! i'm bored of my sketchbooks because my sketches turn out very boring and i'm a little coward regarding experimenting, but you inspire me to do different things as well!

  23. I am so inspired right now! This is a great idea for a sketch book! I love this serious and I'm so happy I found it today. I have just binged watch 12 of your episodes and am off to watch more now!

  24. this is the first video i've seen from you and i already love you. subscribed immediately, now going to binge watch a whole lot of your videos. x

  25. I've just started getting into drawing and I'm still experimenting with watercolours. I LOVE this series that you're doing because it makes me feel like I can do all of these great pieces like you do without making me feel overwhelmed as someone who's still in the "beginner" stages. Plus these videos are the perfect length to watch on study breaks! I subscribed right away, thank you for doing all of these wonderful videos. 🙂

  26. Youre simply amazing at what you do, really. This is a huge inspiration to me and you helped me move on at times.

    Though sometimes I feel I can't listen to your voice. It's like youre ashamed or embarassed talking or sharing what you got.

    You need a firm and strong voice alongside your smooth and womanly voice. I really like that touch of girliness at the end when you say "Bye" it really pleases me, but in the rest of the video I totally disagree.

    I good artist must show their work not only using video, but voice (or appereance, body language/position etc.) are essets you must have.

    Put sentiment and effort to your voice, be warm, gentle and welcome and never feel embarassed to speak!

    😉 Keep up the good work!

  27. Can someone please tell me what gouache is? I should know because I paint (with acrylics and watercolours) but when I look it up the only results are about gouache primer

  28. Watching this series has been giving me so much inspiration and motivation to draw and paint more and has given me so many great ideas and for once I'm actually happy with the way my sketchbook is turning out and I'm actually happy with my art for once 💛

  29. it's a beautiful work and I'll make some research about this artist later bc I'm still watching your videos…

    it's colorful and eye-catching (sorry I'm French so I'v probably made mistakes but I'm trying my best 🙄).

    this is really good to watch ♡

  30. I have great news. I filled a whole sketchbook. A whole sketchbook. ONE WHOLE SKETCHBOOK!
    (Sorry for the randomness, i'm just so proud of myself. 😂🎉

  31. I have been following your channel for a while and you really inspire me! I made a ways to fill your sketchbook video too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXdNqWz-Gy0&t=12s

  32. well-made intro!
    #1 fav. artist although not my same style.
    i actually have been following you from a really long time, year, two…😍😍

  33. well-made intro!
    #1 fav. artist although not my same style.
    i actually have been following you from a really long time, year, two…😍😍
    deserve millions of subs!!

  34. you are the best art youtube chanel,your video are extremelly well made,instead of just showing your art the filmaking aspect is also great,my favorite artist make great art but their video is not nearly as nice as yours

  35. Oh my goodness, your talent is over the roof…everything you make is gorgeous. Amazing style!
    Question: what did you use after the watercolor?

Related Post