GUEST ARTIST: Intuitive Storytelling

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Gray Proud - #doodlewash

These beautiful and fascinating doodlewashes come to us from Gray Proud, originally from Warwickshire, England and now living in London (follow him on Instagram and visit his website for more!).

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Gray Proud - #doodlewashPainting is something Gray has always loved to do. Observational drawing in the natural world is often a starting point, but invariably he turns to his imagination to fill in the gaps and bring about the final stages. His affection for England and its constituent parts, its wildlife and quirks are regularly present throughout in his work.

Gray says, “I work almost exclusively in ink and watercolour now after experimenting with other mediums in the past. I find them most receptive to my instinctive technique. I tend to draw intuitively and with a free and loose style, which invites ‘happy accidents’ and original line (or at least, that’s the idea!).”

He says that somehow he’s always aiming to put his subconscious self on the page. The color follows almost immediately, and in a similar fashion to the line, he applies it through instinct, and goes with his first thought.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Gray Proud - #doodlewash


“Bright and colourful is often the way for me,” he says, “but it really depends on the subject. I’m also very interested in entering the children’s illustration market. I’m a firm believer that words and pictures should, and can go hand-in-hand. And these should be presented and enjoyed in the flesh, even if an increasingly digitalised world try to lead us astray!”

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Gray Proud - #doodlewash

Be sure to follow him on Instagram as well as his Facebook Page! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing work with us, Gray! And we can’t wait to see what stories you’ll draw next!

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!
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22 Comments
  1. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    I love the Peter Rabbit doodlewash! Great post 😀

    • Author

      Isn’t it cool?! That was my favorite too I think, Nicole. 😃 But I couldn’t really choose so that’s why I posted all four he sent! 😊😊hehe

  2. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Wow! Great combination of line and color. He would do well in book illustration. (K)

  3. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    I love the color and uniqueness of his work. Beautiful. Love the lady especially. 😊

  4. Patricia 2 years ago

    Wow I love the Queen . How dramatic. Drawings are wonderful detailed.

    • Author

      Yay! So happy you liked these Patricia! I’ve been following Gray for awhile and was excited to share his work!! 😃

  5. kirkistan 2 years ago

    These are great and quite unusual to me. I love how the cyclists move.

  6. Marcus 2 years ago

    fascinating pictures. clarity of subject, colors, I think they’re awesome.

  7. Kari 2 years ago

    I really like the organic feeling in these pieces, full of light and movement, perfect for children’s illustrations. Beautiful! Will check his IG!

  8. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Such a fresh approach! Beautiful paintings!

  9. Jodi 2 years ago

    Awesome stuff. Thanks for a new artist to follow

  10. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Gray, your playful lines and loosely painted colors are so appealing. Beautiful artwork! Thank you Charlie.

  11. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    New shade of Gray ~ love! xo This guy’s style is super my style

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