Sketchbook overview  :  live drawing

July 25, 2017

Once a week live painting sessions 
are becoming my favorite art thing to do these days.

live painting sketchbook

This is a second year of me practicing to draw/paint live and finally 
it is slowly becoming more of a free flowing and spontaneous process.
 I noticed that I need to see a model for only 20 min for a reference 
and after that the sketch/mini painting is taking its own life.
I try to not worry about correctness of anatomical structure.
My main interest lays in that moment when the image start showing its own mood 
and start telling me what to do next. 
Most of the times its telling me to add contrast and texture.

Live painting sketchbook

This sketchbook is almost done and becoming one of my most valued possessions.
When I go through it I feel that I grew and most important I am not scared.

Live sketching/painting night

I lay few layers of messy paint strokes on a white sheet in advance. 
Very often I paint the sheets in this sketchbook with paint leftovers 
left from other projects.  

2-28-17 live dwg

LIVEDWG 2-21-17


Strawberry thieves  : acrylic painting 


July 17, 2017

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fits in 11x14 matting
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This is how the process looked:


 It was an intuitive and free flowing painting session 
when I did not set my mind onto an end result.

I started with messy first few layers to get rid of white background. 
I gessoed mix media paper and then painted first acrylic underlayer 
to add texture and set the color scheme.
I wanted the warm peach tone to shine through.

                   Materials I use :
                   acrylic paints (assorted brands)
                   colored pencils

I outlined flowers and birds with colored pencils.
Loosely adding color and sometimes just smudging paint with fingers.


Working on smaller details.
Layering the background.






This week  : bits and pieces

July 9, 2017

Something I have been working on this week...
  Mostly picture books characters, sketches, textures and an unfinished still life with ballerina. 
My cat loves the mess I have created and makes himself very comfortable in the middle of it.

mouse king

Mouse illustration in progress

detail of the process

on the floor

Illustration : courage

July 3, 2017

This illustration was done to the brief for Lilla Roger's online class. 
The assignment was to create a "Courage" Mind Map. 
 So basically it is a poster illustrating a quote 
I selected for the topic about everyday acts of courage.
Mary Anne Radmacher's quote reads 
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice
 at the end of the day that says I will try tomorrow."  

Courage does not always roar.


I included some process photos because I loved working on this illustration so much.  
It felt very personal and inspiring.
 I used acrylic paints and colored pencils on paper and Photoshop for final editing.

A project in progress



June review : painting flowers 

June 26, 2017

Hello! I am re-appearing here with some floral paintings I made while I was visiting my family in Ukraine.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my stories and all the updates I posted in May and most of June when I was connected to Internet (which was a little problematic). 
I did have kind of a social media break and just enjoyed real world without distraction.
 I brought some paints with me on the trip and devoted a couple hours a day 
when possible to paint something.
Since there was a season for peonies, that's what was my major inspiration. 

June floral painting

June floral painting

a whiff of lilac

There were some really beautiful places that we hiked through 
and I had a moment to sit down and sketch the view. 
That was really precious and magical. 


June 2017

Vacation mode : see you in June

May 21, 2017

This is my last entry for May and part of June, because guess what?
 I am going to be far and away on vacation and hopefully I will have some internet 
here and there enough for an Instagram pop up. 
Follow my Instagram sofiamoore_studio to see what I am up to.
I am really hoping to be less on line and to be more present in real world, 
read books, sketch in my sketchbook and walk a lot of miles. 
See you next month!

 I am really hoping to be less on line and to be more present in real world, 
read books, sketch in my sketchbook and walk a lot of miles. 
See you next month!

Journal Cover : imaginary garden

May 17, 2017

Very appropriately there is a bird singing outside of my window and it sings 
a very beautiful and passionate song every morning and afternoon this spring. 
I made this bird a hero in my illustration for a journal cover 
along with a floral explosion and a cute quote.

Garden journal design

Here are shots of my painting process.
I started with acrylic washes and built up layers
without much planning, mostly going with the flow.



painting the illustration


Sketchbook : mini series

May 9, 2017

The idea for this mini series was to combine a pattern and illustration in one. 
My favorite is the strawberries page of the digital sketchbook spread. 
The likes on instagram showed that the  Babushka illustration was liked the most. 
Is it because of her fancy raincoat?

strawberry pattern

ducks tie



Blog update : Garden

May 1, 2017

It's finally May and this is my favorite month (and October, too)!
I want to re-start my blogging by posting this short series I did 
in mixed media last year for the class I mentioned while ago.
(Lilla Rogers' online school
The name of the series is "Enchanted Garden" 
and I really really would like to add more pieces to it later.

revisiting my old w/c

revisiting my old w/c

revisiting my old w/c

See you next week!

 Cook book cover

September 1, 2016

My design for the Global Talent Search 
held by Lilla Rogers' studio.
There is a vote going on till September 5th, 
please follow the link to see the gallery and vote for your favorite artist!


I like bunnies:)


Visual journalling : visit that other side

August 31, 2016

Keeping a journal helps me to go to places where I need to go sometimes. I can't stay at those places, but just to visit is OK.
On a practical side, I try new techniques and materials that I would never knew they existed. Creating textures is my favorite thing now.

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acrylic mini paintings in an #artbook #collage with found ephemera, scraps of paper

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Artbook sketchbook spread

Color/texture/story inspiration for coming projects ✂️🎨 /// цвет/фактура/настроение.

Artbook collage

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acrylic illustration on collaged background