Sketches by Schokohund - DoodlewashSchokohund’s Sketching world journey starts in early 70 ties,  in a local Art Design School in  Graz , Austria (you can visit my website here!). Since than  I’m never without a sketchbook in hand so I am constantly drawing and many times the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times (30 years later) they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images. I picked  my alter ego name after my muse, Schokohund, our family member and Maltese dog. 

Schokohung maltese dog AustriaTo create artwork relating to Inkpen – Urban Sketching was my portfolio. I developed and started to review my work, the descriptions started to emerge and I began to notice a pattern I hadn’t intended but am now pleased with. After filling uncounted sketchbooks with Ink pen, black & white sketches, I wanted to add depth and color. Watercolor Sketches were the next step.

Doodlewash by Schokohund - Mijello watercolor palette, AustriaMy Art Supplies

I’ve always been a fan of Mijello™ Mission Gold watercolors  – a brand with non-toxic paints,  Copic Ink pens and Water Brushes from Pentel round up my toolbox for Urban Sketching.

Palettes for Urban Sketching I divide in 3 set ups. Fast- Mid- Large

Fast + Dirty size
This size is for my daily working journey: Sketchbook size A5 , plus 8 Watercolor Pencil from Faber Castell / A. Dürer , a Cretacolor Monolith Water Soluble Pencil , Waterbrush

Ink + Wash  Mid size
Using larger paper sheets A4 size Landscape format, 10 color limited Palette “DIY Padagas” filled with Mijello™ Mission Gold paints, Travel Brush Set, Water can

Wash & Go Large size
New Watercolor Pan Palette from Mijello small size 12 paints +  a A3 Plywood Board, 12 color limited Palette “Pan Mijello” filled with Mijello™ Mission Gold paints 6 pigments transparent, 4 neutrals, 2 hues, Travel Brush set, Water can

Doodlewash by Schokohund - watercolor, AustriaMy work tends to focus on the water environment, the evolution of fish, the development with watercolors on, land and seascapes from this planet and the consequences of my view on nature. 

Doodlewash by Schokohund - Urban sketching in AustriaFor Urban sketching, the only areas I really paid any attention to is city waterways. I was simply not much interested in anything else and I think my obsession with fishing started there. Some of my subject matter in watercolor is about people’s daily routines and a comment on human nature. 

My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always loved comic books, particularly work by Don Martin in MAD. I love architecture, particularly Art Nouveau. The artist I most admire is M.C. Escher,  who was a Dutch Graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. 

Doodlewash by Schokohund - Mijello watercolor of Lobster

None of it was intentional – it all developed and evolved over time. People ask for my artist statement, so I needed to do one, but I’ve never liked to explain a certain piece of work. If you’ve made a picture and that’s how you wanted it to be, hopefully it can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer, it’s the right message because there isn’t a wrong and a right message. Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and I’m happy with that.


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!

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