GUEST DOODLEWASH: Beating Boredom With Brushes

Camel Doodlewash by Virginia GonzálezMy name is Virginia González and I’m a 27 year old from Barcelona, Spain with a degree in PR and Advertising (follow me on Instagram and visit my website!). After graduating from university in Barcelona I decided to mix things up and move to London where, in order to get to know some new people, I started a course in illustration at Central Saint Martins and since then I just could not put down the pen.

Fountain doodlewash and watercolor by Urban Sketcher Virginia GonzálezUpon returning to Barcelona I completed a postgrad in Children’s illustrations in EINA. However, up until this time my work had never involved watercolour. I stumbled upon the joy and calming expressivity of this technique one day at an art class in the fantastically bohemian part of Barcelona called Gracia after finishing my post-graduate course, when I was jobless, hopeless and looking for a way to spend my (many, many) free hours.

Doodlewash and watercolor faces in Thailandesos by Virginia GonzálezI have now found a job (wahoo!) working as an Accounts Executive at a PR and communications agency and in my free moments I take orders for my illustrations. It is super surreal for me seeing my drawing hanging on the walls of my friends and family and even random strangers! However, first and foremost I am a person with major wanderlust, I love exploring the world, wherever it takes me.

Fountain doodlewash watercolor and urban sketch by Virginia GonzálezI find my inspiration in the street, in the everyday. I need to walk around, get lost in a place, sit myself down in a bar and start drawing what I see around me. My challenge is to portray reality gently and beautifully. Or rather, to find the beauty in the day to day and, in order to do this, I arm myself with crazy colours.

Habana Doodlewash and painting by Virginia GonzálezOne of my favorite things to sketch is fashion, as if I were a haute couture designer working at a Paris fashion house. I also love drawing food and, of course, the cities and countries that I have visited. I save EVERYTHING (and I mean everything) in my sketchbook, which I carry on me every day in case inspiration strikes!

I would love to be able to give you a favorite drawing of mine but, the truth is that they were each done at different moments of my life, on different journeys and featuring special subjects so, for me at least, they each represent a special and precious memory.

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24 Comments
  1. Carol 1 year ago

    Virginia, I am glad you weren’t able to put the pen down! I enjoy the liveliness of your street scenes, and the children’s faces in your sketchbook are delightful!

  2. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Virginia has so many marvelous styles and they’re all so joyful and fun! Really enjoyed this post!

  3. weisserwatercolours 1 year ago

    ….this is truly inspiring work. It has such panache and energy.

  4. ramaink 1 year ago

    These are delightful!! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Virginia, Thanks for sharing your art and story, I love all of the color. My favorite is the camel. Thanks Charlie.

  6. j2015hall 1 year ago

    I enjoyed seeing your bright and cheerful art and reading what you wrote.

  7. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    I love your vibrant colors in your sketches! I love color too, Virginia and look forward to following you on Instagram. Thanks Charlie. 🙂

  8. memadtwo 1 year ago

    The camel has to be my favorite. The colors are so clear and bright, I can feel the sunshine! (K)

  9. paintedstone 1 year ago

    Hehe! I feel like it would be great to carry my sketching stuff with me — my kit is kind of big, though!

    Hmm……this could become a project…

  10. B.G.Snyder 1 year ago

    Funny & lovely drawing

  11. anniedrawsthings 1 year ago

    Love the colors and energy in Virginia’s work! So beautiful!

  12. Laura Ashley 4 months ago

    Love your work!!

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