New  artwork:  sketchbook and a unicorn

August 14, 2017

These three paintings were started as sketchbook try outs of some ideas 
that grew to finished works, unexpectedly.

White mouse

My main intention is usually to try a new color combination 
and just to "see what happens if." 
Ah, the power of a sketchbook. 

Blue dog

The downside is that the paper I painted all these painting is 
thinner that I prefer, but still fine.
(I used Canson Mixed Media blue album with 98 lb weight paper) 
I know how it works with me, the moment I have 
a thick expensive white bristol sheet in front of me, I freeze. 

unicorn yoga

A unicorn character is kind of not very me, kind of outside of my language zone.
Not my vocabulary. This is me pretending speaking the unicorn language. 
I hope you understand me.
(I was overdosed on "Welcome to Night Vale" podcast).

unicorn yoga

All paintings are available for sale.
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 August  :  lizards and bugs

August 7, 2017

It's August

another take of this story
One of my favorite characters to draw and paint is a lizard.
Last week I painted two almost identical illustrations 
depicting the lizard watching a lady bug
and since it was a beginning of the month, made a screensaver for my phone. 

Now I have two.
Follow me on Instagram here to see what paintings I post for sale.
Since I don't have my web shop set up yet, I sell originals 
through my Instagram account.
Or you can drop me email here
Have a wonderful August!


Almost August  :  sketchbook page

July 31, 2017

Today I want to show you a short tutorial of a technique
that I used in my handmade sketchbook to paint this page.

sketchbook page

First, I gessoed the page with white gesso.
Let it dry and painted first layer with blue acrylic.
On top of blue I randomly laid strokes of green paint keeping the center clear. 
I used 3 shades of green to have some color variation.
Then added a couple of bright orange spots planning some flowers.

sketchbook page

After the paint dried I outlined leafy background with white pastel pencil. 
Painted the negative space with dark blue acrylics.

sketchbook page

Added some branches and missing parts..

sketchbook moment

Took a coffee break :)) 
and sketched some sitting figures on a separate paper to decide on a pose.
Painted the girl and flowers, added final details.

sketchbook page


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

Available for sale
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!