GUEST DOODLEWASH: Sketching My Way Through College

Doodlewash by Nadya Levitova - watercolor sketch of Godiva chocolates mug and box of chocolates

Doodlewash by Nadya Levitova - watercolor sketch of plane on runway at the airport HSBCHi there! My name is Nadya Levitova (follow me on Instagram!). I was born in Russia, but I moved to Brooklyn, New York about 15 years ago. Currently, I’m in my second year as a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the civil engineering technology program.

Doodlewash by Nadya Levitova - watercolor sketch of living room entertainment center, illustrationI started drawing from as young as I can possibly remember and have been practicing ever since. My favorite media is watercolor paint used with pen and ink. The mixture of these styles creates an interesting portrayal of what you see in front of you. My favorite subject to draw is anything I see in front of me (especially a new watercolor palette)!

Doodlewash by Nadya Levitova - watercolor sketch of travel palette of watercolorsHere’s a little about my commonly carried sketching items:

  • either one of the two travel watercolor set’s that I own, the Winsor & Newton Cotman Compact Set, or the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Pocket Plus Set of 12 Half Pans
  • Pentel Aquash™ water brush pens, small, medium, and large size (I don’t always carry all of them)
  • Lamy Safari pen and Lamy Joy pen, both filled with Noodlers Ink Bulletproof Black
  • Pencil that I rarely use for under sketches
  • Paper towel for cleaning off the brushes
  • Alligator clips to hold the sketchbook open
  • a Moleskine art book. The amount of times I have tried different sketchbooks and I have yet to find anything better then a Moleskine art book

Doodlewash by Nadya Levitova - watercolor sketch of modern building with glass, Hearst Tower in Manhattan, New York CityEvery couple of months, I get a creative burst and try a new media, or a completely different craft. Sometimes its crocheting, sometimes its acrylic paint for modern art, and sometimes its charcoal.

Despite attending a university for a different passion of mine, civil engineering technology, I still find time to practice my love for art. You can find my art frequently posted on my Instagram account.

Nadya Levitova

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  1. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    Nadya is to be commended for continuing with art while pursuing a different career! I love that she is inspired by anything in front of her. 🙂

  2. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    I hope Nadya can continue pursuing her varied passions. Her art is amazing. Thank you for sharing Nadya’s art Charlie.

  3. Jessica Seacrest 7 years ago

    Hi Nadya, wonderful to read about your process and see your sketches! I appreciate you sharing what supplies you use, always interesting to see what other are using!

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  5. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Beautiful Nadya, your paintings are delightful. Thank you Charlie.

  6. Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

    Very nice! 🙂

  7. memadtwo 7 years ago

    That looks like a nice meal at the top! I admire that you can do art while pursuing such a challenging subject! (K)

  8. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    Holy mackerel that looks like my mom’s wall unit

  9. […] There are quite a few Guest Doodlewashers that like using Pentel Aquash water brushes, check out some of their wonderful work – Zeno Vanfretti, Adelyn Siew, Sissh, Annie Parsons, and Nadya Levitova. […]

  10. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Yours are charming sketches.

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