Hi everyone! I’m Keiko from Japan (follow me on Instagram, Facebook and visit my website!). I actually started drawing last summer, so it’s only been a couple months now. I never imagined that I could be a guest artist on Doodlewash so quickly! Thanks again, Charlie!
I was working as a writer and editor for 5-6 years before, but I quit about 2 years ago. After quitting, I was totally lost in life. I didn’t know what to do, or what I wanted to do. I couldn’t focus on anything and nothing got me excited. Until, I a started picture diary.
It was supposed to be a simple diary when I started, but then, I found a lot of people uploading their pictures daily on Instagram and I was like “Hmmm, ok, I guess I will try that too.”
I didn’t think I’d get addicted to drawing at that time! I can’t even believe that it was just 5 months ago.
I got my first SAI Brand watercolor pens just a few weeks after I started my picture diary. I was so disappointed with my drawing skills, but that made me practice really hard! I got some watercolor books for beginners and watched so many YouTube videos to imitate other people’s drawings, and I even practiced drawing straight lines and boxes over and over. I didn’t stop uploading my drawings on Instagram though. I just kept putting new artwork up everyday, even if I didn’t like them that much. It’s because I could see my drawing skills grow everyday.
Recently, I’ve used HOLBEIN brand water colors and no-brand brushes. I recently bought some brushes for Japanese painting and I love them too! My workspace is set up for painting and photo-shooting. I usually sit at my desk for a couple hours every day and try to draw at least 1 or 2 pictures. Putting pictures on Instagram every single day is one of my challenges too. I sometimes only spend about half hour from sketching to painting to photo-shooting. Yes, I am a really fast drawer. Although I know I should spend more time looking at objects closely and carefully sketch more details.
One day, I noticed that when I was drawing, I wasn’t thinking about anything else and it has definitely become very therapeutic for me now. Of course, getting more followers on Instagram is fun, but seeing my own growth is the best part of drawing.
I try to draw the same object, a croissant, once a month. (I just love eating croissants! haha) Comparing my old and new artwork makes me happy and it makes me want to try even harder.
I’ve drawn many things, but I’ve been crazy about drawing food recently. I love drawing bread, sweets, and vegetables. When I found the World Watercolor Group™ in the end of October 2016, I immediately decided to participate in the November Adventure to challenge myself. And here I am! How exciting!
Another good reason to start the November adventure was because the croissant was the theme for the first day. Looking at a new theme everyday and drawing it became a part of my daily routine!
I also have my own policy about taking pictures of my artwork. I usually take pictures with a background, because I believe my artwork looks much better in daily life than just in a frame. That’s why I always put something around my artwork when I take a picture of it.
Now, I have tons of stuff that I want to try! All because I started drawing! I have all the basic tools to start anything as an artist, so there are no more excuses for me! Right now, I am trying to make painting videos, create my own website, and open an internet shop. Drawing gave me a reason to be myself again.