The sketchy and inconsistent blog of Bethie Engstrom...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Personal Style

I don't have one yet, not completely that is. I have, what I like to call, my whimsical figures, my life drawings, and just fun doodle sketches. I strive for the realism, but am constantly attracted to the more exaggerated forms and likeness.
So here's to still figuring things out,  and here are a couple of recent sketches that physically show my love of every form of style. :)

Week three of Inktober

This last week of Inktober.

::day fifteen::

::day sixteen ::

::day seventeen ::

::day eighteen::

::day nineteen ::

::day twenty ::

:: Day Twenty-one::

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Inkling Weekly update

Another week of Inktober has flown by! Here are my daily inklings from the past week that I've posted to my Instagram and Tumblr Blog

 ::Day Eight::

::Day Nine:: 

 ::Day Ten::

::Day Eleven:: 

 ::Day Twelve::

 ::Day Thirteen::

::Day Fourteen::

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Weekly Inklings (Inktober)

Here's a look back at my little Inktober inklings.

::Day One::

::Day Two::

 ::Day Three::

 ::Day Four::

 ::Day Five::

 ::Day Six::

::Day Seven::

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Watercolor and Ink

Some of my favorite things are nature, sketching, and combing ink and watercolors. Here's a little personal project from July

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Art Dump

Here are some sketches and little things from over the summer!

 I'm also going to be trying out Inktober for the first time this year. I'm posting everyday on my tumblr, but will be doing weekly updates on my Instagram and here maybe.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sketchbook Exchange Edition

The past month or so, I joined a app called Art Amino, it's like Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr all rolled into one with the purpose of being just for the artist community. I've thoroughly enjoyed being apart of it, and I have even roped my younger brother, an amazing artist, into tagging onto it. :)
It was through Art Amino that I become apart of a group that wanted to do a sketchbook exchange. Short version of how it will work, we get paired up with another member, each start a new sketchbook, themed around our city, and send it to the other, then do a sketch again, and send onto the next person on the list, and so on until it's full, and hopefully, if all goes accordingly, you'll get the sketchbook you started, with additions from fellow artist, from all over the world!

I just mailed this babe off to an amazing art student from Scotland, can't wait to receive another sketchbook in the next week or so that I get to put something in and send off.
My personal take on my city

Many Blessings!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Experimenting with Digital Art

Just a little peek into what I've been trying to do, learning how to get around with a bamboo tablet I'm borrowing. Here's my process examples from the last couple of days.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Finch

Just a snippet of a 6x8 I did solely for me the other day. I'm trying to experiment with painting lifelike water, but still have some things to figure out. ;)

Watercolors, blue ink, and white gouache on watercolor paper

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Don't complete it

I've recently been experimenting with dip pens (and wwhhhaaat, they make glass dip pens??), and have been slowly collecting a few different nibs and just a few weeks ago, I finally ordered from Amazon a, somewhat, starter kit. I'm very happy with it and can't wait to further this old fashioned technique and to eventually better understand it.

I'm not so keen on naming and giving titles to things, so this currently is titled in my folders as "Unfinished Blue". :)

This is in my Pentalic sketchbook - the feel of the paper is very smooth but has a very subtle, pleasant texture to it, and it is reasonable thick, so the inks didn't leak through too badly. I used a black Chinese ink, and a Waterman blue ink. This is the first time using the blue ink, and I'm so in love. I primarily used the dip pen, but also used a old round brush and had fun using the ink watered down to get more out of just the two materials.

This is the first go, that made me want to do the above. I like to break into my copy of Wreck this Journal, by Keri Smith randomly, it's honestly so refreshing to me, like having a book of warm ups and encouragement from a friend! I obviously didn't follow the 'instructions' to this page very well, but you don't have to, you just have start something! I need that reminder a lot, and I'm not even a perfectionist. ;)

The ink didn't have the best relationship with this paper, but the effect it gave was quite perfect for the outcome of it.

Here are some other views of the sketchbook version.

It's so hard to not finish something, especially when it's so obvious as the bottom half of a face. It can kind of feel like limiting the thoughts of the sketch in a negative way, but I want to try and limit myself more, like working out your body, give yourself a task that is challenging and hard (like core work outs, uck), and let what happens, happen. And while this is not "complete", I have the power to say, it's finished, and that is an amazing feeling.