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About Traditional Art / Professional Julia MikheevaFemale/Russia Recent Activity
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Drawing with a brush :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 8 0 23.03.17 :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 6 0 23.03.2017... :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 2 0 Figure study :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 1 0 Heads :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 4 2 Boy in gouache :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 0 0 Heads :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 3 0 Nordic gnome :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 1 0 Head sketch in ink :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 2 2 Inking heads :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 4 1 Serious men :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 2 0 Gouache practice :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 4 0 Tonal heads :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 7 0 Softness of watercolour :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 4 3 Comp 4 :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 2 0 Comp 5 :iconjuliemi:JulieMi 1 0


Divine Dogs :iconghorvega:Ghorvega 41 13 Waterfall Gardens :icontohdraws:tohdraws 1,739 42 timed head sketch 1356 :iconfunkymonkey1945:FUNKYMONKEY1945 109 6 timed head sketch 1354 :iconfunkymonkey1945:FUNKYMONKEY1945 152 3 The Old Man. :iconivanlaliashvili:IvanLaliashvili 153 17 Back Pose :iconfreshdesigner:Freshdesigner 32 0 Cow Boy :iconwawa3761:wawa3761 48 4 Girl's Portrait :iconwawa3761:wawa3761 167 8 Jan 15 2015 Sketch :iconwawa3761:wawa3761 432 35 training 0035 :iconsergioxdva:SERGIOxDVA 90 5 2017-03-05 : WIP :iconart-of-geun:Art-of-Geun 62 12 training 0042 :iconsergioxdva:SERGIOxDVA 29 4 timed head sketch 1502 :iconfunkymonkey1945:FUNKYMONKEY1945 300 3 Owl - WiP 2 :iconcamillamalcus:CamillaMalcus 40 51 Watercolor: Cafe Sweet :icontaho:taho 1,352 61 Watercolor Collage 2 :icontaho:taho 391 8


Drawing with a brush
So, I had a hard day today, and when I came home I didn't really want to do all. So I decided why not try something new. Aaaand here is what I've got.

I did a few of such watercolour birds (these two are the best I've got) on a crappy not-at-all-watercolour paper))) Interesting thing is that I didn't do any sketches in graphite beforehand. At once, I began with making a few brushstrokes for an outline and then proceeded to working with colour in quiet a broad manner.
Since the paper is thin and not seized everything dries very quickly, so no working on edges :(
But anyway, the goal was to get a major idea quickly and efficiently, to get gesture, form and colour in less than 10 min. I guess for a first attempt that went pretty well. I'll definitely try to do more of these. They make one think about every brushstroke and also provide an opportunity to experiment and fail, and fail,and fail again....and fail...and then get something decent, think...and try again....and fail but in a better way)))
The last figure drawing for today. Once more, for reference I used a photo from drawthis  Facebook page. 
This one took the least time (around 15-20 min). The emphasis is on the gesture of his hand (reminds me of Madonna in Botticelli's Annunciation:…)
The shadow shapes on his torso are also quiet interesting. Overall, I enjoyed drawing this guy, probably will practice again, only I'll try to concentrate on his legs (they represent interesting movement, too)
One more quick (20-25 min) figure drawing. In this one I love the rhythm of her hand, I've even altered the composition to pay more attention to its flow

Reference is also taken from drawthis Facebook page (see the link here:…)
Figure study
One of my recent figure studies. As soon as I saw the photo I fell in love with her hip, in particular, the way soft transitions of light and shadow reveal the form. It reminded me of one of Fechin's charcoal nudes, he loved such hips.
Wonderful model, wonderful pose.
I found this website:
Here is the Facebook group in which they regularly post reference images for artists to draw/paint from:
Highly recommend you to try it out ;)
It's been a while since I've posted anything. My scanner was broken and photos of my work, well... They don't work)))
So, finally, I can share some of my gouache sketches


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Julia Mikheeva
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thomsontm Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
Thanks for the Watch!
stadium158 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic draw!! 
JulieMi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Chistokrovka Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Thank you very much for the watch! :hug: Your support is greatly appreciated!
JulieMi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Adoulie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Your sketches are beautiful, you definitely can capture facial expressions in an interesting way. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!
By the way, thank you for the watch ;)
JulieMi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very fond of your work, I especially love the way you incorporate varying line weight in your art, so that the pictures look lively and dynamic. Great work!
Adoulie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Thank you, it's nice of you to say that ^^
JulieMi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
LivingLifeInACartoon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch! Your work is beautiful c:
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