Doodlewash by Naoko Ebihara - watercolor sketch and painting of animals, calendar page from Japan in JapaneseMy name is Naoko Ebihara and I’m from Tokyo, Japan (follow me on Instagram!I actually enjoyed doodlewashing in my teens, more than 30 years ago. The image of many animals is the spread of a picture book I made at the age of 14. I sketched various live animals at the zoo, drew them on a paper at one go, and put some watercolors. I simply loved to do so.

Doodlewash by Naoko Ebihara - watercolor sketch and painting of cherry blossomsI never thought of art as my career, and went on in my life away from drawing. Although I’ve always tried to carry a sketchbook, it never filled up.

Doodlewash by Naoko Ebihara - watercolor sketch and painting of ceramic pot vaseThen after many years, I had the chance to stay in Sydney, Australia for several years. I had good time to alter my path to study graphic design at school. There I met Murray Zanoni (passed away in 2004) who was a lecturer of watercolor. I was struggling to make fine paintings, but one day he pointed out my pen doodles and said, ‘Do this. Make it happen! You can do.’ He also taught me about the master Paul Hogarth. This wonderful encounter has encouraged me to love my own way, going back to the simple lines and wash, just as I enjoyed in my teens!

Doodlewash by Naoko Ebihara - watercolor sketch and painting of broccoliMy old story was like that. Now I enjoy drawing everyday things, at my own pace. I like to draw with positive lines at one go. I never erase or redo my lines however they may look wrong or imperfect. I use waterproof fine liners, such as Pigma Micron or Pilot Drawing pens. When I prefer to see the flow of the ink, I use Rotring Artpen or Lamy Safari to fill with waterproof inks, such as Daler Rowney Calli, or Sailor pigment inks. They also have some colors. I used green ink for my broccoli doodlewash.

As for watercolors, I’ve used 24 colors of Pelican for years. Those vivid colors are just fine to make my lines look alive. I recently started to use Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook whose clean white surface is nice for inks and light wash. I also have a shop page at Tokyu Hands (a huge Japanese stationery shop). Though the site is in Japanese and the products are only sold in Japan, you can see images of my greeting cards I designed by clicking here. It’s always fun to try, and keep on doing!

Naoko Ebihara
Shop on Tokyu Hands

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

25 replies on “GUEST DOODLEWASH: Make It Happen!

  1. Hi Naoko, I love what you said here- “I never erase or redo my lines however they may look wrong or imperfect.” To me, there is something very beautiful in that practice. I also love the colors you use. your work is instantly identifiable by them.

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  2. Beautiful ink and watercolor paintings. Love that she found ‘her own way’, her happiness shows in her art…really love the animals and whimsy of the story book painting. Great feature, inspired by the art…thank you Charlie and Naoko.

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