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Jack Holland Doodlewashes

These paintings are from Jack Holland in England, East Sussex (follow him this instant on Instagram!). The painting at the top left is “just called Bigwood, because that’s who it’s of. ” (He sent four and I simply couldn’t choose one to feature). Jack started drawing a lot as a kid then took it up as an A-Level and now he is studying Art Foundation at West Kent College in Tonbridge.

Jack says, “I usually draw a faint pencil sketch and then when I’m happy I use either fineliners or a Biro which I get for free from work. I love using Biro as it’s so versatile. You can get bold dark lines or you can use it lightly and build up tone and shading. I then go over it with watercolour which is my favourite medium as it gives you the freedom to be messy if you want to.” (couldn’t agree more!)

Jack says he usually only uses about two or three layers as he likes a simpler look to the art, kind of like it would belong in a children’s book. Then he goes back over it in pen to emphasize the lines to make it pop.

“The thing that inspires me the most,” Jack says, “are usually the photos that I take as I’m also a keen photographer. When I was younger my favourite book was called The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and that was what made me want to draw as it has these absolutely gorgeous paintings. Mostly my inspiration comes from books I read as a kid, especially Quentin Blake’s illustrations in Roald Dahl’s books.”

Thanks so much for sharing your doodlewashes with us Jack! And be sure to follow Jack on Instagram to see more of his awesome doodlewashes! 

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! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
23 Comments
  1. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Inspiring drawings Jack, welcome to the Doodlewash family party!
    Thanks again Charlie for introducing us to Jack and inviting him to the party.

    • Author

      Hehe…you’re quite welcome. Jack is awesome! And love thinking of it as a party!! That’s even more fun! 😉👍🏻

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Nice! I especially love that clock! I don’t think I’ve used a Biro before; will have to check it out. 🙂

    • Author

      You have! It’s a ballpoint pen…I had to look it up and so I added a link. 😊I had no idea what it was!

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Ooooh! A fancy name for a ballpoint. LOL! I rarely draw with ballpoint; I don’t like the way they feel, usually. But, I might try with those new gel pens. I bought a set of the uni-ball Vision Elite ones and I looove the feel of the way the ink flows on paper. 🙂

      • Author

        Oh cool!! I’ll have to try one!! That sounds cool…I just keep reaching for my fountain pen. 😊

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        If you lived in my town, I’d just give you an extra. I bought a pack at Costco and they have several blacks and blues. 🙂

      • Author

        Darn distance!! 😥😥😥it’s not fair!!

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        LOL! I know!

  3. kirkistan 2 years ago

    I apologize for all the “Wow” I write in response to these guest posts, but these are…wow! I like everything about Jack’s style. And now i want a biro…whatever that is.

    • Author

      It’s a ballpoint pen…so you’re covered there! 😉 And seriously?…WOW away!! Jack’s work is awesome!!

      • kirkistan 2 years ago

        Honestly, these guest posts are introductions to whole new ways of marking a paper. Thanks so much for doing them.

      • Author

        You’re quite welcome, Kirk! They’re fun to do…I feel like I’m taking a new class in art every day! So many different approaches and styles out there.

  4. kungfunaomi 2 years ago

    Whoa… duuuuude!

  5. Kari 2 years ago

    These are so wonderful! Definitely following!!

  6. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Great paintings, learned a new word…”biro”, felt inspired…..Lovely art, lovely feature. Thank you Charlie. (you know, after reading your self portrait post, I will be thinking of tuna all day…./hug)

    • Author

      Jack is awesome! Definitely follow him! Glad you like the feature friend! And sorry about the memory implant from the other post. 😊😊lol

  7. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    I really enjoy learning about the different techniques that the artist use. It helps me to grow. Thanks!

  8. Marcus 2 years ago

    Not often you see an artist doing peoples’ backs. These are good, very realistic looking to me. (keep in mind I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler…)

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