A Mini Sketchbook and Markers in The Desert

Hello Citizens of The Blogosphere,

Here’s a fact about me that some of you might already know… I like having a sketchbook on me at all times. I want to be ready, just in case inspiration strikes.

Lately, I’ve been carrying around a small sketchbook that my sister gave me for Christmas. It’s about the size of my palm and the paper inside is really nice and heavy. Although the exterior of the sketchbook was plain when I received it, I’ve since personalized it with funky doodles and vibrant colors. (Yes.. it’s been Audrey-fied or annotated, if you will.)

I spent most of last week in the desert. A place that I plan to call my home very soon. While I was there, I let the environment inspire me.   I spent a lot of time drawing and doodling in this mini sketchbook using a small assortment of BIC-Markit and Sharpie markers. Sometimes, I limited myself to only three or four colors. This was a change for me, since I typically use many colors in my work.let the world inspire you

Here are some of the art pieces I made in my sketchbook during my trip …

Desert Princess

A princess is born in the desert of Peach Parfait, Adobe Orange and a Yellow Sharpie brush marker.

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Close Your Eyes

Sometimes the world is more vibrant when you close your eyes and see it from memory. For this piece, I used Desert Rose, Prairie Berry and Deep Sea Blue.

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My Cactus Friends

For this piece, I used Adobe Orange, Tranquil Teal, Lime Sorbet and Tiki Hut Tan. As you can see, this one is definitely desert inspired.

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I love that the desert started to impact my art. That the colors and objects I saw in nature made their way into my art pieces. I also liked working with a limited selection colors, because it encouraged me to choose ones that really worked well together.

Do you carry a sketchbook with you? If so, what kind do you use? I’d love to know in the comments.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this post!

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If you like my art or even just found it interesting, follow this blog @ annotatedaudrey.com. Like my Facebook page to get updates about new works that I create. 

 If you’d like to see all the art I made on my trip, check me out on Instagram @annotatedaudrey.

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6 thoughts on “A Mini Sketchbook and Markers in The Desert

  1. Lovely drawings! ‘Desert Princess’ is my favourite, but I really li all the drawings. I like notebooks too. Any will do, but I prefer hardbacks, to draw on the go.


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