Feeling out of control about color? (ft Poppies, Imaginary Creatures)
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
2d ago
Get ready for SILLY! I’ve been in a mode of late, and today’s no different…so brace yourself. I don’t want anyone coming at me for causing you to snort orange juice out of your nose! ? But this isn’t ALL silly – I’ve been chatting with Lorie on Instagram DMs, and wanted to explain some things for her as a new artist. I figured there are others who could also benefit – so let’s get to it, shall we? Administrative note: I’m testing something with ads on this blog – so if you’re suddenly seeing them pop up, there’s nothing wrong! You needn’t click on the ads for them to do me a little good ..read more
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Getting started with Olo Alcohol Markers
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
4d ago
A number of years ago, I was on a mission to try finding alternate brands to Copic; though I purchased my full set long before the changes at Copic/Too, I knew it was going to go from bad to worse. And I tested out all the brands as they kept cropping up on the market for alcohol marker users.   One of those brands was Olo, and I first tried them in 2022. They were kind enough to send me a set, I think they realized I was in testing mode and it would be a good opportunity for them if I liked them. My review was mixed. But hopeful! While a lot of people looked for “cheap” as their h ..read more
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How to draw a Copic Disco Ball (Disco Chicken Part 2)
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
1w ago
I THINK I DID IT! Oh man. This one was just a little more bitten off than I might have been ready for….it was days of work and study, and that doesn’t even count the chicken dancing! ? I asked AI to give me a description of my disco chicken to post on the Copic Award page….it did pretty well! A flamboyant rooster is captured mid-dance on a reflective dance floor, a shining disco ball overhead casting light around the room. The rooster’s wings are spread wide in a dramatic pose, evoking the sense of movement and dance. Before we get underway with the video…..I posted a reel on instagr ..read more
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Copic Feathering Techniques (Disco Chicken part 1)
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
1w ago
Oh, the crazy things my art makes me do. ?  BRACE FOR SILLINESS. As well as learning. A little behind the scenes: I almost always have chickens/roosters on the brain. I collected anything with chickens on them for a long time (De Colores! iykyk!) Last year this time, I was in the middle of a giant PURGE and renovation of my home and got rid of a lot of chickens. But….I still have a lot. And when a chicken related holiday crops up….I gotta do SOMEthing. Thus I bring you….Dance Like A Chicken Day. Today!   National Dance Like a Chicken Day is celebrated on May 14, and enc ..read more
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As per Mom’s advice ART AND CATS!
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
2w ago
Happy Mother’s Day weekend! I’m especially happy about this Mother’s Day that my mama is still here….after being scared we would lose her, she’s still kicking butt and taking names! So today I’m leaning in with some of her advice…..keep watercoloring, and go deeper with animals and portraits. And you get to be the beneficiary of my homework! Tutorial: As per Mom’s advice: ART AND CATS! Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully! Inktober revisited! These k ..read more
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Drawing Vintage Roses for Mom (easiest coloring ever)
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
2w ago
This year’s Mother’s Day celebration is so much more meaningful to me. In the past, even though Mom was up there in years, I had thought she’d be around forever. She’d been through so much, she’d fight off anything, right? But the last month or two has shown me not to take her for granted one BIT. And this year I wanted to make her the most special card I’ve ever sent her! In the video I’ll show you parts of the drawing process, and of course talk through it as I am wont to do. ? Then the color begins – I did fancier coloring than needed for this image, because on the card, I did NO blend ..read more
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Ways to use Moonglow in your next painting
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
3w ago
It’s a deep dive into MOONGLOW! If you love the watercolor hue from Daniel Smith the way I do, you may already know everything I’m about to show you. But if not—you’re in for a treat to explore a color with many uses! One of my YouTube subscribers commented this, so you can thank them for this post: Tutorial: Ways to use Moonglow in your next watercolor painting Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully! Ways to use Moonglow These paintings were sketched ..read more
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How to draw black fur in colored pencil | Remembering Cricket
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
3w ago
Last week I heard about a sweet dog that passed away. Or rather than passed away, she was…deliberately killed. ? She was bred to be a hunting dog, but when she was a bit too rambunctious and disturbed her mama’s hunting day, Cricket was taken to a gravel pit and shot. My heart just breaks typing this.   If any dog deserves a memorial portrait, it’s Cricket. The family’s kids will remember her, and hopefully the mama will live with regret for what she did and bragged about. But please, if your dog isn’t living up to what you expect, please just take it to a shelter. It may not be adopted ..read more
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Brushstroke Floral Cards (Asian-inspired)
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
1M ago
If you were here for part one – which was my review of a set of $1 brushes – you’ll know I was knee-deep, or perhaps elbow deep, in getting it all finished. And I’m delighted to report it’s finished! Not so delighted that I was so overwhelmed with footage that I disappeared the footage for the little card paintings for today’s post – however it’s the very same loose process for the larger painting I have included. And I do show you the making of the cards!  Tutorial: Brushstroke Floral Cards (Asian-inspired) Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or question ..read more
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Can I paint with cheap $1 brushes?
Sandy Allnock
by Sandy Allnock
1M ago
Can a brush snob like me handle SUPER cheap brushes? I’ve paid more than this for KIDS brushes, for crying out loud. What is wrong with me? ha! Tutorial: Can I paint with cheap $1 brushes? Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully! My hot take While these are pretty cruddy quality – I wanted something cheap I could use with inks. While I think washing out my watercolor brushes well keeps them safe, it’s making me more nervous over time with the good brushes ..read more
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