GUEST ARTIST: “Exploring Color And Nature” by Madhu Sankar

Femvisionary Madhu Sankar Botantical Illustration_Lead

My name is Madhu and I go by the name “Femvisionary.” I am from India and was born and raised in the Middle East, currently living in Bahrain. I love traveling and exploring new countries. My art journey started when I was very young. In high school, I spent most of my time drawing.

So when I had to choose a course for college, I decided to go into a creative field – fashion design. In college, while studying fashion illustration, I learned more about painting. I also learned more about proportions, color schemes, rule of thirds, etc., which I use even now. Once I completed my studies, work got in the way and I painted only once in a while.

Painting and drawing became a way for me to deal with my stress. I spent years learning and trying many new techniques by amazing artists, trying to grow my skills. It was only last year that I really took a step towards sharing my art with other people. I opened my Instagram page and started showcasing my work.

My Style And Inspiration

I love color and most of my art surrounds my exploration of different color schemes. I also love playing around with my favorite watercolor technique of negative painting. Negative painting is a technique that doesn’t follow the conventional style of painting instead it creates depth and a layered effect.

In my art, I try to explore different topics such as landscapes, animals, portraits, floral while incorporating my own style into these topics.

Art Materials

After years of painting watercolors on and off, I am still learning new techniques in watercolor. I also experiment with multiple brands of paper, paints and enjoy exploring them. Currently, one of my favorite watercolor paper brands is Arches. I mainly use Arches for paintings that have multiple washes like landscapes. I also like using Khadi sheets (handmade 300gsm 100% cotton paper) for more textured backgrounds. I use Brustro for a much cheaper substitute for sketchbooks.

In terms of paints – I recently purchased Daniel Smith paints and I absolutely love them. One amazing thing is that each Daniel Smith pigment has its own unique property. For example, the granulating property of the Amethyst Genuine and its shiny effect from the mineral is very pretty. I also love their Jadeite Genuine that has a brighter green undertone.  Another brand I use very often is Mission Gold and their hues are bright and bold. I also use handmade paints for metallic watercolors. The paints from KJ designs by Karen are especially stunning.

For brushes, I generally use a wide variety of brushes from different brands. I can’t say that I prefer one brand over the other. I do prefer buying travel brushes because they come with an inbuilt cap – this helps protect the brush bristles from withering or being damaged. My Escoda Ultimo travel brush has been very useful to carry wherever I go.

I feel like my art journey is just beginning and I am so excited to explore even more and share my art with others. As you can see from my art, I love incorporating negative painting. Because of the huge response I received, I created a Skillshare class with a step by step process to create this technique.

Thank you Doodlewash for featuring me as a guest artist. It has been a real pleasure. I hope I can share more tutorial and tips with you guys soon!!

Happy Painting!

Madhu Sankar (Femvisionary)

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  1. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    Madhu, your artwork is inspiring. I love negative painting and you use it so well. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

  2. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  3. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Madhu! Negative painting fascinated me and I too love Daniel Smith paints. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Madhumika 3 years ago

      Thank you so much! I love negative painting and I love exploring it! I almost feel like I can not paint any topic without use negative painting:P

  4. Janneke Booister 3 years ago

    Your work really is beautiful! Thank you for showing your art 🙂

    • Madhumika 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Janneke, That means so much to me!:D

  5. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Greetings Madhu. Thanks for sharing your art journey. Your art is beautiful 🙂

    • Madhumika 3 years ago

      Thank you Lisa! I am so happy you liked my work!:D

  6. Sweetu Rocks 3 years ago

    Waw👌👌👌 nice pic and good creation 😊👍

  7. Sharon Nolfi 3 years ago

    I really like your style and color choices! Thanks for sharing your work.

    • Madhumika 3 years ago

      Thank you so much!:D:D Thank you for taking the time out to reply to me!

  8. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your story and information.

  9. MAGNY TJELTA 3 years ago

    Amazing 🍀 thanks for telling your story

  10. Christina 3 years ago

    WOW! Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing your work and story with us. Such beautiful and inspiring work. I can’t wait to follow you on Instagram and see what’s to come! 🙂

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