Hayley Abbott Art

I’m having a one person pyjama and painting party right now. I haven’t had a day off in forever so I’m celebrating by staying up as late as I can!
Apologies for such a dark/rubbish photo. 
I’m getting impatient now and just really want to get this one finished!

I’m having a one person pyjama and painting party right now. I haven’t had a day off in forever so I’m celebrating by staying up as late as I can!

Apologies for such a dark/rubbish photo. 

I’m getting impatient now and just really want to get this one finished!

Dilemma!

Trying to decide whether to soldier on with the Dita Von Teese painting I’ve started or whether to gesso over it and start a new one…

This is why I usually steer clear of painting with acrylics and such like… It takes me so much longer and I get SO bored if it takes me more than a day to complete!

Today’s project was this portrait of Debbie Harry! :)

Indian ink & 5HB pencil on watercolour paper.

Something I threw together in an hour or so the other day. It started off as one person, then turned into another… woops. But it did give me the opportunity to play around with mixing medias (watercolour, Indian ink, 6B pencil) followed by some manipulation on Photoshop.
I’m not sure… I think I like it…

Something I threw together in an hour or so the other day. It started off as one person, then turned into another… woops. But it did give me the opportunity to play around with mixing medias (watercolour, Indian ink, 6B pencil) followed by some manipulation on Photoshop.

I’m not sure… I think I like it…

Illustration for lucialoves.blogspot.com based on one of her outfit posts :)

2B/HB pencil on cartridge paper.
Is it weird that I find drawing with just pencils the most difficult thing to do? 
I haven’t drawn like this in years, probably since doing my GCSEs, so I’m cutting myself some slack! I’m going to use the imperfections as a tool to make myself to better and practice :)

2B/HB pencil on cartridge paper.

Is it weird that I find drawing with just pencils the most difficult thing to do? 

I haven’t drawn like this in years, probably since doing my GCSEs, so I’m cutting myself some slack! I’m going to use the imperfections as a tool to make myself to better and practice :)

I’ve been scrapbooking! It’s not quite finished, but it’s definitely not a big ol’ heap on the floor like this anymore! I’ve really loved doing it… Can you be a professional scrapbooker?! Because I feel like that’s really something I could do…

I’ve been scrapbooking! It’s not quite finished, but it’s definitely not a big ol’ heap on the floor like this anymore! I’ve really loved doing it… Can you be a professional scrapbooker?! Because I feel like that’s really something I could do…

Dear fellow artists…

I was wondering if you could help me! 

I’m always trying to develop my sketching (pencil - tonal pieces) and I’d like to know… For softening shading (I usually hatch/cross hatch), are blender pencils the best option? I’ve forever been taught to not use your hands to blend which is something I’ve always stuck to but I would like for the shading not to look so… harsh, I think is the best word.

Does anyone have an opinion? If it is the best option, which brands are good (and available in the UK)?

Edit: What about colour shapers?