from concept to painting, the full process of making my ‘Indian Papaya’ art print

Hi everyone! I did a new painting and turned it into an art print titled “Indian Papaya”… and I filmed the whole process in real time for you! Get a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of water, and come watch as I chat and explain what I’m doing as well as a few random bits and bobs! It’s a long one, this time. I’ve listed the main events below so you can skip to the appropriate timestamp if you wish.

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00:00 Intro
00:57 Planning the Painting
10:22 Taping the Borders
12:05 Drawing the Sketch
20:44 Painting Colour 1
25:09 Painting Colour 2
28:37 Painting Colour 3
37:17 Panting Colour 4
42:15 Drawing in Details
53:40 Painting Outlines
01:02:51 Adding Depth
01:06:30 Final Details
01:11:14 Peeling off the Tape
01:12:40 The Finished Painting
01:13:22 Scanning & Editing
01:14:09 Art Prints Arrive
01:15:14 How I Sign and Label my Prints
01:16:20 Print vs the Original Painting
01:17:00 Closing Comments

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I am not sponsored by any brands; here are the origins of each of the materials used in this video:
– Seawhite of Brighton A4 hardback sketchbook (purchased)
– Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache (purchased)
– Daler Rowney / Winsor & Newton paint brushes (purchased)
– Unbranded paint palette (purchased)
– Faber Castell Polychromos colour pencils (purchased)
– Uni Posca / Molotow marker pens (purchased)
– Sakura Gelly Roll pen (purchased)


Hi everyone! I’m Arati Devasher. Welcome to my studio. Today I’m going to show you the process that I go through when I’m making a new art print. This is the “Indian Papaya” print and I painted it in my sketchbook. So, today, in real time, I’m going to show you how I came up with the concept, did the final artwork and then scanned it in order to produce the final print. Now, as I said I’m going to do all this in real time, so this is going to be a long one. Get yourself a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of water, pick up some paints if you’d like to paint along with me and then let’s get started. Also, don’t forget to hit the like button if you like my videos and if you would like to see more videos from me, please do click subscribe so you’ll be notified of any further videos.
Now let’s get into this…

… Next page, put my clip back on

I’m going to start with a couple of doodles, just to make sure I know where I’m going and what I’m doing and I’m going to use the polychromos [pencil] for that. So I know it’s an a4 size, so I’m just going to draw a random couple of squares.

They don’t have to be too straight or anything and obviously this is my sketchbook so I’m not very particular about being neat and tidy unless I’m doing a piece that I’m going to scan later, so we’ve got that


just do the top edges a little bit, and I think I’m going to use orange because I’m going to draw a papaya. And beforehand I just want to sketch out the papaya a little bit… this is what it looks like. That’s the general shape of a papaya… maybe not so pointy at this end,

right, and then it has seeds in the middle. Just like that… and it has loads of seeds.

… Like so…

… and maybe just do a little bit of shading but in general that’s what a papaya will look like kind of… kind of…
right. And then what I’m gonna do is take

my palette which I’ve already popped a bit of water in and take one of my favourite brushes. I’ve already got all my things here ready…
so you can see my nice clean water, my brushes, polychromos pencils, extra, tubes of thing of colours that I might need and my rag. So that’s over there and this is one of my favourite pen— not pens… brushes it’s the angle shader from System 3 by Daler Rowney and it’s the quarter inch brush and you can see it’s at an angle and it really helps me get in all the corners and the details without having to change brushes, so I can do flat washes or I can do just a little bit. So first of all I’m going to try and mix my color so usually what I do is this is my orange section so I tend to mix my color and I’ve got a bit of yellow

right so I’ve got a deep dark red there orangey red I’m going to take some more yellow and as you can see I just I just dip my brush in random places. I mean everybody works differently I suppose but this is how it works for me… and this is an Indian papaya, so it’s not pale like the ones you get here. I’m actually craving that papaya and I can’t get it unless I go to an Indian store and right now I’m shielding because of lockdown, so all I can do is draw it and mostly that’s what I do right… I draw foods that I love and that I can’t eat. So here’s my orange. I’m just gonna do a nice swatch over here so I can remember it for later and I can color match it if I want to

and because like you know like you already know I only have a limited number of colors I usually know… so can you see how this angle shader is just really getting in the corners it can get me a really nice rectangle without having to use a pointy brush I’m not a huge fan of pointy brushes usually which is why I’m not keen on using it

let me just get these out of the way

and there we are and then for the dots what I want to use is probably a black

I’ll use a black for that so these are secondary colors so I generally make a smaller rectangle so I know that that’s what I’m going to use as a subsidiary color and I’m going to do another section of the black

just so that I can do white on top

and let that dry for a little bit and it’s gouache so it dries really really fast so it’s almost it’s touch dry almost um and then I’m gonna just draw and draw on it so here we are and now I’m just while these are drying this is why I kind of work in stages so while these are drying I am going to do um a little bit of layout now I i am going to have a white border so I’m going to stick the tape on a little bit and you can see that but the options are to have the papaya coming out like this right and this will be in black and white

if you’ve seen my pomegranate print you know what I’m talking about if not go check it out and then the other option is to have it sort of like that

and again that’ll be in black and white


i think those two are more pleasing this one this I had this thought but I’m not sure that this one will work out quite so well

or I guess I could just do it another one like this no I don’t I don’t like this one that’s a no that’s a no straight off um no I think that’s a no I think that one that one might work out well because if you think about it the way I’m going to have it in the background I don’t have an orange polychromos I’m just going to use a red one how I’m going to have it is going to have them in the background as well just all over like that

and I think this one will work out the best because everything will be in the same direction like so

so what do you think I think this will work out the best like that and then there will be actually let me just use those different thing for that so they’ll be quite over here and then black things like that um yeah I think actually let me just show you the original way

here it is here it is so this is what I’m aiming for but with a papaya so that at this point I didn’t have glue bleed proof white so this time it’ll be a little bit whiter I think or I might just use it because I do like that that kind of feeling to it so I think let’s go with this one let’s go with that one and not that this one was a question mark so for later when I’m looking back at my sketchbook I like to just put the question marks and then uh I lost track anyway so I’m gonna do that one and then and then we’ll see how it goes so that’s the kind of shape I’m going for that’s the kind of layout and those are the colors now this has dried so I’m just going to do a little bit of my white posca which I hope it works I hope it’s not too dry um so yeah yeah I think it’ll work if I go slowly it’s not so dry so that’s how I’ll get the outline on the papaya and then the white as well

there like so

and then I’m going to do a little bit of detail for how I’m going to do this bit like here so I’ve got the papaya right that’s the outline of it and then I’m going to do a thin border like this because it has a green rind remember a buyer has a green rind which you don’t want to eat fyi and then there’s the little orange bit in the middle and then I’m going to just use this section like that and have all the circles in there so they’ll be I think that will be white

and that will be black and then that will be black again with white outline

and then these will be white

so planning ahead a little bit just so that I know what I’m doing and on the outside it’ll be the same but with color so black slash orange black slash orange and then the white with the outline I think that’ll probably work so let’s put that one away here we go this is my page where I’m gonna get started so I have my reference on the left um and then if I need to refer to my colors which probably I don’t at this moment um I can do that as well here we are right and at the moment I’m trying to finish my stock of scotch tape so I’m going to just use that for my outline and I generally like to work with an outline just because it’s tidy and it gives me a space in which I can just fiddle around I don’t have to worry about the rest of the pages being mucky


and yes unfortunately I do use my teeth to cut it so we have that and I fold the end over so that it’s easy for me to grab it to peel off later let’s fold the ends just use my nail to tamp it down it’s my sketchbook so I don’t really care if I make too many mistakes it’ll be fine I’m sure and

just turn that around oops and drop my tape

that and I like the fact with this actually um even though it is plastic and which is why I’m trying to finish it so that I can get onto my paper tape um is this that you can’t actually see any of the borders so when you’re painting it’s like you’re painting on a white sheet

i forgot to fold that one down didn’t I that’s okay there we go now I’m just making sure to really squeeze down those edges

and let’s get started now for this I’m just going to use my regular pencil this is a stedlar mars micro 0.7 mm and I use this a lot for drawing because I really like that it stays pointy anyway so let’s get started I hope you can see my pencil because it is fairly light but you will see once I start drawing so that should be fine so let’s just get um the papaya going I’m going to do a slightly irregular outline because that’s kind of a pie I get in india


i think you can see that outline

and then you can see here’s where the the tape is so I can actually make notes and things on here if I want to so I’m going to use that that outline the nice thing about gouache is that you can use a really dark pencil outline and it doesn’t really um affect the paint on top if you are using a wash then it does obviously but not too bad and then um I’m sorry if you can hear noises because the dog’s back from the walk so I apologize for any background sounds um so here’s the green outline and I am stylizing it a little bit obviously because I don’t want to make it too realistic I mean as you can see from this print it’s not realistic at all and I do want them to be a nice match set that’s that that goes there and um yeah the top bit the topic there

and then let’s go

i want to have a fair amount of black as well

so maybe you know what I might do another outline here like that black and then that’ll be a white outline as well

yeah I think that so that’s the thing about the working in a sketchbook is that you can really amend the things as you go this is not the final and it’s and it may I mean it may if it turns out well it might be a final now this is my derwent um eraser stick thing so it comes out like that usually I would use a um

i forgot what it’s called kneaded eraser but I can’t find it at that minute which is why I hate these little eraser things that come off but I can’t really find that one so too bad I don’t know where it’s gone um here we go yeah it should be a little bit wider like that and then we’ll do a border as well

there we are

there we are

i think it should go up like that because it really does it really does okay maybe not that bit’s not right there

there we go that looks

and okay now let’s get the other papaya shapes in 2.0

there apply a shape one and maybe I’ll do another from the top so they’re not all

going up in one direction I’d like them to sort of overlap it is kind of like an abstract painting isn’t it almost so here we go it’s that and then another one here sometimes I really have to check where my border is but and then there’s enough space there for another one and another one likes comes around like that and goes around and then the background I will just fill in with a darker color I think maybe that one can come out a bit further I don’t want quite so much dark space I really like it because I wish I could find my kneaded razor but maybe it can go like that instead

and then these will be like dark spaces so I can just mark them off

and another one there that’s a dark space

and another one here

now let me just do all the borders on them in that dark space

all the border border

oh see when I’m doing the borders there I’ve suddenly noticed I’ve got a missing spot so I need to do something there that papaya I guess will come down here then and then that will be your spot but maybe I can extend this papaya a bit so there’s not so much of a spot is why I do a pencil drawing beforehand and let’s get that bit the cd bit and I’m going to do a different cd bit on each of them so it’s not too monotonous

you know what if this turns out really well which I have feeling it might it might actually end up being the final print and then you would have seen it being made what do you think you want to take bets on how well this is going to turn out whether I’m going to mess it up halfway by sticking my hand in the gouache or something which has happened previously but with gouache unlike with watercolor you can fix it because you can continue painting on top um and then just carry on there

and uh what was I doing with that see it’s not quite a nice papaya shape so if it continued over there that’s where it would end not over here

that’s an empty spot and then this one would come down like that

so border border border

border border border I really like how the pencil draws on the skin on the scotch tape as well so you can actually continue off your thing there and then know how it goes then this I’m just literally going to follow the edge and let it overlap this bottom one that would be nice I think yeah I think I’m quite happy with that so let me go with what shall I go with

i’m going to go with this one first probably because it’s just black and then I can think about what I want to do with the rest

whereas my angle brush

let me get my palette a little bit closer

i tend to put away things neatly and tidily so that I don’t drop things like I did the tape you see

so I’m managing my own clumsiness and inefficiency but where to start where to start

now it despairs a little bit of thinking about before I start so

you think yeah so that’s going to be black isn’t it so let’s just start with what I know is going to be black and I get it nice and flat

and see what I mean I can get a really nice border with this flat brush and once again if you want to know it’s the quarter inch angle shader system 3 from dalarani I’ve had this brush for years and years and years and I don’t know if they make it still they probably do I really hope so because I feel like I should get one and stock up on it just in case something happens to it because like you guys know we have a dog now and he gets into all sorts of things and if he ever choose any of my brushes I mean he’s not allowed in my studio on his own but just in case he does that see now you can see here when I paint you can see the edge of the tape so let’s go down it’s got a wiggly edge I’m really not using much water at all I just want a really nice flat black

almost pure paint but a little bit diluted so that I get a wet edge I don’t want a dry one

i don’t want a dry edge

and there you go

too much water

and you can you see because it’s it’s pre um uh what’s the word sized I always forget that word for some reason because it’s precise it I don’t need to tape it down onto something and it’s not really buckling as such here we go quite pleased with that

and a little more water

and there we go

and I’m not too bothered about it because as I said it’s gouache and I can do the bleed proof white on top so if I miss anything I can just paint over

i can just paint over

there you go

i don’t know if you can see I’m getting a nice flat wash

and then the middle is going to be black as well so using a little border and because the paper is white I may not even have to use the bleed proof white just to kind of touch it up a bit

perhaps there you go and again the joy of the angle shader is that it goes in the corners and I don’t have to use a different brush I sometimes I just paint using just this brush most of the time in fact this one and maybe a slightly thicker one if I’m doing larger areas

there we are actually tell me what you’re doing right now are you just watching or are you painting or are you washing your dishes what are you doing side by side watching me

are you still working are you also opening up your sketchbook and doing some doodling

there we go and that’s that papaya finished right now there’s a few things that I might correct


um so now for the papaya what I’m going to do is going to do three different colors so I’m going to use the dark orange for the main the main papaya and then I’m going to do a lighter color and then a darker color for the back so let me just do the darker color first I’m just going to take some of that pre-mixed orange and I’m going to put it into this well because I’ve already got some red there and it just makes it a slightly darker orangey red right and then I’ve got that here see it’s a nice terracotta almost and I can see that in comparison to that and I really like it so but what I’m going to do is I’m going to use a smaller brush um actually maybe not I’m just going to use that one see this is what happens I choose a different brush and then I think I don’t need it

so let’s use that and then I’m going to start from the top because I’m right-handed from there then it works out well you can see the paint doesn’t really stick to the scotch tape

if you’re wondering why I’m trying to finish off my scotch tape I got a real big batch of it before I realized that plastic tape really isn’t very eco-friendly so now I’m trying to be more conscious of that

but being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you just chuck out things and replace them with stuff oh see I missed her I missed a bit there and it’s the track so that needs to go up there and then that needs to get painted

so anyway so yeah so that’s why I have a batch of scotch tape that I got that I need to finish and I generally am trying not to buy too many things in terms of art materials because I mean I’m sure you know it’s very tempting

to get all the art materials and then you hardly even end up using them

sorry just adjusting my chair so I don’t slip away


i think this is going to be a really nice soothing piece the pink one is a little bit more peppy

again nice flat wash

i don’t generally keep records of color mixing because I over the years I’ve gotten fairly good at it and I don’t I can pretty much guess what I’ve used to make because again I have limited colors so I know what I’ve used to mix a particular color and I can probably redo it at any point I don’t really need to keep those records

that’s that and I think that’s all the dark bits and I have enough paint so that if I need to oh see there’s a little pointy there’s little stuff stuck on here let’s get rid of that it’s just dried gouache and it doesn’t really do well in the sketchbook if you’re if the pages are sticking together yeah there we go

yeah so that’s that and then I’m going to do darker color in the middle lighter color on the outside maybe really light yeah medium color on the outside and then light uh no I’ll do the orange this orange there and then I’ll make slightly lighter orange

i don’t run out right space on my palette

let’s just use this side

i’ve just got a bit extra and then I’m going to take some yellow

and I’m also going to take some of that flesh tint like I said I’d rather call it peach um and then I’m going to use that for the outside

still a nice orange isn’t it maybe a bit more flesh tent


okay let’s try that and let’s start from here

actually you know what I think it needs a bit more red yeah that’s better


and I’m sorry if I’m not talking too much like when I concentrate it’s a little bit difficult to talk so I hope you’re just enjoying kind of watching what I’m doing it’s pretty self-explanatory I don’t really need to yak about it all the time

mix some more

i don’t even mind if they’re all slightly different colors actually

gives it a little bit more depth

sometimes I feel like the first drawing that you do you you’re always second guessing yourself later on thinking should I have done it that way and should I really actually

do it a different way I don’t know sometimes you’re wondering all the time and then that’s the somebody asked me I was actually chatting to someone on zoom the other day and they asked me why my studio was so tidy and how I managed to keep it that way and the answer is that the inside of my brain is so cluttered that if I had a cluttered studio I would never get anything done I would literally never get anything done so the insides of my cupboards and my drawers might not be quite so neat but definitely the outside the table surfaces and things are a bit tidier so that I’m not surrounded by things and by clutter when I’m actually working so that my brain is free to think and the clutter inside my brain does not is not affected by any clutter outside my brain if that makes any sense

so are you a neat studio person are you a messy studio person

i guess n studio shame is a thing whether it’s tidy or deep or untidy there we go my again my dog also has a part to play in this because I have tidy my studio because I don’t really want him to eat anything that’s um because as you know I paint silk as well as as well as paper so I don’t really want the silk to go in his mouth oh see I missed another bit where I need to put in the center of the papaya let’s put the center in

and paint the outside

i really love this angled brush isn’t that nice and actually it doesn’t take a lot of gouache to do a painting like this because I mean you saw how little I mixed and I’m just adding a little bit more water to that and I think I will be able to do the whole the whole thing with it so I do turn my book around a lot it just I find it easier to work that way I i mean filming wise I don’t I don’t know if it’s making sense to you but you’re watching me work right way up so I guess it would make sense I hope anyway well I’ll watch this back at some point and then figure it out and then next time if it doesn’t work then I’ll try and work straight but this is generally how I work and I’m kind of supporting my hand as well in that way

and I find that my hands shake a bit because of my medication so um when I’m working I find it easier to work with a brush now because it does reduce the wobble a little bit not by too much but it does reduce it somewhat oh am I on the oh I am on the border there that’s why I didn’t do that so here we are

and you know I don’t really like this extreme white border here so I will probably mix a third color and do that and do that as well

there we go

i should get that board in one go neat tidy

there we go

a bit more water I think I might have to mix a little just for the last one oh well we’ll see if I can scrape for the rest of

see here it’s not quite flat there because I changed colors so let’s just generally do a gentle wash on top this is what I mean by gouache is so forgiving

obviously like if you wet it too much then it will um let’s just say misbehave

and let’s mix a little bit more

peach so you haven’t drawn the double border in here but I know it’s supposed to have one so I don’t think it’ll be so much of an


i actually kind of like the color variation that I’ve got because I didn’t mix enough so it I mean happy happy mistakes it’s always trial and error isn’t it you learn things every time you draw no matter how many years you’ve been drawing for or making for and here we go tiny tidy tidy

there it is so that’s done let’s go back to the dark orange might mix a bit more the red and the yellow I really like this deep orange I think

oh see that drops in there there we go okay that off hmm kind of like that

see I’m getting distracted now but while I wait for that to dry a little bit let’s just fill that in

and that really gives you because I’m not using that design really gives you an idea of what the plan was is to have it all orange and that in black

and that’s the thing is a sketchbook um if you make mistakes and things it doesn’t really matter does it it’s only for you and I mean I’m showing it to you and it’s a little bit like stressful but you never know I mean why not why shouldn’t I show it to you here we go so here’s the dark bits I’m gonna start with the one that I did first or second so that it’s not too

uh wet

not that it is I mean it’s gouache dries so fast

see that one is a little too translucent I might need a little more yellow in

there a really fine border on the inside I they really like this one

i will work on it more I think but to start with I think it works well what do you think yes amy happy accident happy accidents are the best I think

there we go now I really feel like as soon as lockdown is over I want my husband to take me to hayes I say take me because I haven’t got my driver’s license yet this lockdown thing has messed up that too um and I want to go to hayes and I want to go to this place called sutter superstore which is pretty much like being back in india because they play um they’re I think they’re the owners of sikh so they play kirtans which are basically sikh hymns which are played in their temples which are called gurdwaras and they play those and it’s literally like being back in india because they have all the things that they that they sell in india and it smells like india it feels like india but without the horrible heat and I can get all the things that I miss eating and my husband can get all the things that he misses and all the interesting vegetables and stuff and the papayas proper full-size papayas not the tiny little ones that sainsbury sends you where there’s like three bites and you’re done and it’s not even sweet

so there is that and finish I might as well finish a little bit and see I’ve missed a little bit there and i

wash that out fill in check any spots

yep I think that’s good now what I’m gonna do is yeah it’s fine

now it is the fun time now I’m going to use white in the correct spots I hope I’m going to do all the outlines right at the end because that’s the place where I tend to mess up the most because I need to have a steady hand um

okay so let’s get let’s get to it let’s get to it I am going to use my posca pen which I hope will not let me down I really need to get a new one I think test test test

get it working now I think I’m just going to do like some big some small just do random random sizes that’s how it is in real life

and here it is yeah the posca is working when I do it slowly which is not my usual method of working I do like to go quite fast and I don’t know why I just do

it also keeps my hands steadier when I work faster when I’m slower I i make more mistakes

i guess my brain works faster so I want my hand to go faster as well


there we go

my hands are always a bit of a mess after this

come on

well not to worry if I if I this doesn’t work out then I do have another pen to work with it’s not a postcard but it’ll do

i think I’m just going to do slightly bigger circles towards the top I just feel like it has too many little ones here I need to do bigger circles it’s just a feeling you know do you feel did you get that when you work is just you have a feeling and then you just go with it and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t and sometimes you think why why did I do that and mess up the whole thing but everything is a learning experience I don’t consider anything a failure because at the end of the day you’ve learned something by doing it

yeah I really like this now I really like also the irregular fashion the way the pascal pen I mean even though it’s not perfectly clear it’s really it’s really nice the way it’s working out

there we go and that papaya is done and now for all the rest

let’s get to it

i’m also going to make sure like I have some half circle so it looks like it’s coming out from behind

i might have to do the other pen

i think it’s a political pump marker but I don’t know if I have oh it’s the marker I don’t need I don’t want to use that hell we’ll see how long this this lasts

how annoying

that is really annoying okay let me see what else I have

this is the inside of my marker drawer oh wait I have another postcard but it’s a thick one

this is a molotow I could use that

i guess I should have been a little more organized shouldn’t i

some pens as well so many pens there’s a jelly roll no that’s not real that’s the jelly roll

okay come on parker

i don’t even know if this works

oh it does but it’s so thick no I don’t want to use this

no not that one let’s check the posca sorry the this is a sapura jelly roll one of my all-time favorite pens it is really really nice and actually I used the I think I used the jelly roll on this one I did not use a posca pen because I don’t think I had the posca pen back then so let’s continue with the jelly roll I actually kind of like it for this I’m kind of glad that I get got the white on that one and then on this one I’m using the jelly roll which is slightly lighter which actually might work out for the best and as you can see it darkens a little bit after you’ve worked with it

happy accidents again so I guess all works out well

well I’ll try and keep the book straight as I’m working even though it’s natural to me to flip it around in all different directions

there we are

this must be fairly boring actually just watching me draw random circles but I guess in some ways it’s kind of mesmerizing and it’s a little bit meditative also while you’re working and after a while you start to wonder whether actually that shape is a circle or are you drawing something that’s just kind of random some of them are ovals they’re not even circles but they kind of look good so I’m going with it

and adding little and sometimes you have deformed seeds inside things don’t you so I guess it’s more realistic to do that

jelly roll is working really well but I definitely need to get a new white oscar

jackson’s art here I come

to be fair I’ve been fairly good about buying stuff buying art stuff because I am trying to downsize my studio a little bit there’s so much stuff in here

okay I can actually go a bit faster with this

perhaps I should have put on some background music and that would have been nice

the magic of editing I suppose although I’ll have to figure out how to do that because I’m not a great editor I have this app on my phone called cap cut and uh an app on the computer called I think it’s called wondershare filmora which I find much easier than imovie I get very confused in my movie I don’t really know what I’m doing but those two seem to make it fairly easy and then because one to shuffle more also has like arrows and things that are pre-done so you don’t actually have to do anything you just put them in and then you put your text in so that’s really nice

and here we go

let’s get some little ones in here

what do you think of this one do you like it any improvements or suggestions constructive criticism please


there we go

i’m actually surprised that I managed to do this without turning the book so maybe I don’t need to tell the book but it just feels more comfortable to move my hand that way

yeah I definitely don’t like the stark white lines on these so I’m definitely going to make that change in a bit I will do an outline in a lighter color but not have its dark white

last few circles oh my god my hand is seizing up

ah the claw okay so that’s that

and let’s get the outlines nicely done on these for that I’m going to use a really thin brush and that is the double zero series seven find a stable windsor newton brush so there’s that in fact let me just use the angle shader to mix

a lighter a lighter tone I shouldn’t do any darker tone perhaps now maybe a really really light orange so I’ll just show you that I’ve got the peach aka flesh tint and I’m just going to take mix it in with the previous tone of gouache and the thing is you can reactivate squash just by using some water so it’s just a really pale let me just test it on this

yeah I kind of like that

let’s do that

again I’m going to start from the top

and work my way down

yes much prefer this to this dark white

that wasn’t very tidy let’s tidy that up

there you go

that’s done and then the inside lines as


actually I’m pretty pleased with the way this has turned out a few editing bits and then I might actually make this into a print um

might need to add a little bit of maybe that’s fixing for later

there we go I’m also tidying up the corners and the edges of the little dark sections just so it’s a bit neat

hope you can see where my brush is going

yeah kind of happy with them I’m very glad that I added this peachy tone because the white was just getting to me was it was too much

for the inside again I’m just going to use a similar tone

tend to dry up so it’s a little bit easier to

do this way

need to reconstitute that quash a little bit a bit more water swirl it round

my neighbor has started to play his piano he’s an elderly gentleman at about nine no I guess he’s in his late 80s maybe early 90s and every afternoon and evening he plays his piano and because it’s in his living room and my studio is in the front of my house I can hear him through the through I don’t know if you can I can hear him through the wall and it’s really nice it’s a proper piano it’s not an electric pen or anything he’s really good I play as well but I’m absolutely terrible I’ve only been playing for two years and been learning and I’m absolutely miserable at it I can’t do both hands at one go I can read music alright not not particularly well but I mean I’m not aiming to be a concept pianist or anything I’m just doing it for myself and I don’t pay in public heart


last few lines

i like how some of these nines are a little bit gnarly just like papayas are um

and then last lines few lines on here

this is a real time box I’m sorry it’s taking me so long but this is how life works

you’re watching me paint exactly as I paint in normal life not speed it up this is not a time lapse this is for real now I feel like I need a little bit of depth I feel like this has got a little too flat and I feel like I need a less of a white border for this one maybe or I need a black border on the outside okay let me do that let me add a black border on the outside of that let’s do I’m not going to do it with the posca because I want it to be a little bit more organic shall we say aka messi

yes I prefer that that was too much weight before and for this I’m sorry I have to let’s turn my ground



let’s fix that

okay I’m much happier with that now I feel like I need a little bit more depth in the ones that are behind so let us oh let me mix up some darker papaya shade and do that

i’m not going to need the papaya shade again so I’m just mixing it into this and let’s test it here I don’t want it to be too similar to that not too different from that maybe a little bit more yellow and a bit more peach oh that was too much peach so a bit more red

i think that should be it

may be too dark a bit more

more yellow yes I think that is it a little bit more red and then I’m done

a little bit more red maybe a different red

more pinky red

yes I think that’s it anything that looks a really nice shade difference just a tad more yellow and then we’re good to go

and I’m going to do that for this for this one to start with the thing about again the thing about gouache is that you can just paint over oh so much nicer just a little bit more depth not the same tone for everything that just gets a bit boring doesn’t it a bit more water

i wanted to flow sort of smooth not get stuck in places I find if it dries too thick then it the sketchbook sticks together as well actually if you would be interested in a sketchbook tour of my previous sketchbook let me know they’re all unfinished well maybe I finished one or two but they’re mostly um mostly unfinished sketchbooks I guess 2020 should have been my year of finishing sketchbooks but I just didn’t manage it somehow

so let’s just whoopsie error there but I can cover it up with black later that’s not a bit more pointy

and cover that up with the black as easy as that I like it I like it and I think that one needs to go dark as well

that one needs to go dark for sure

yep I think that one is nicely done and I think I need a little bit of white somewhere but I’m going to use probably shall I use the polypromos pencil instead will that look nice yeah I think that will look nice on the edges

so what’s wet what’s wet that’s wet okay let’s start here

i think this is going to turn out better than the pomegranate what do you think

that versus that I think that’s much nicer this is what happens when you have perspective later on oops now it’s got some stuff on it

i don’t think the polychromos pencil is working out too well so I think I’m just going to go back to using the really thin brush which I have lost oops where’s it gone

and I’m just going to use regular white I’m going to use white gouache and take it out of there just use that and dilute it a little bit so it’s not so white white okay let’s try that again too thick too thick well I can fix that later that’s a bit better needs to be a bit more diluted

yes I think this is it you barely see the white but as then there’s still a sort of border gives it a bit more definition doesn’t it

you don’t have to turn it sorry guys


just makes it pop out a little bit more I think it’s not too much not too little I think it’s just the outlines I’m going to do I’m not going to do the inside it’s just this that I wanted to

pop out

there we go

making them some of them a little bit lighter so that it stands out a bit more

obviously it’s in the foreground supposed to be at least how’s that I think that works nicely this one here and I think I’m going to do a white outline on the black as well on the main wire

and after that I think folks I think we’re done what do you think do you think I’m done or do you think I need to add a bit more

and there we go

yes I think this is it

okay what I’m going to do now is peel off

the tape moment of truth let’s peel anybody here like peeling tape just gonna peel it really really slowly so I don’t lose any sheet but you know this um the sea white paper is so nice that even if you do peel it fast it generally works really well and see how nice the tape how nicely the tape comes off because it sticks really well onto the paper and it creates a really sharp edge paint feeling ah so satisfying

and that got a little careless there let me actually tape it back and fix that edge

before I move ahead

see messed up there but it’s my sketchbook so

after you guys you know I think this has turned out so well I might actually make a print out of it we’ll see check back in a month or so and you will be able to tell whether I did so or not

and that is the finished piece

that is going to go in my recycling bin

and I’m pretty happy with that

here you can see some of the detail in the piece you can see the colors that I tried out and the little shapes that I made as you can tell from the title of this video I did end up making a print out of this I really enjoyed making it and explaining how I made it made me think more about how I made it why I made it why I use the colors I do and why I use the techniques I do I really like that despite using a flat gouache wash I still do have some texture in this piece as you can see from the detail here having decided to make this piece into an art print to match the pink pomegranate one it took me about a month to actually get started on it I put my sketchbook into my scanner and then imported it into photoshop so that I could then edit the image I gave it a nice clean white edge as most of my prints have and then I used one of the tools to edit out any imperfections that had come in through scanning or where something had got stuck to it in the month since I’d actually made it and then I used the curves and the levels tools in order to adjust the colors a little bit and as you can see I’ve got my sketchbook right next to me so that I could make sure that the colors that I was getting in my print would match my original artwork and then off to my printer it went

finally guys the prince here I have opened it because I didn’t want to show you my eyebrows oops just gently look

over here oh they look great

here it is here’s the papaya print I’ll just show you properly in a minute but I mean you know one second I can show you this better also sneak peek some new prints and then there’s a massive one I did an a3 size as well hang on one second let me flip this around and show you properly

so this is a better angle isn’t it here are all the prints I did them in a3 size so you can see there’s the papaya beautifully it’s come out so nicely all the details and obviously I’ve just signed on the bottom here like I would do for every print that goes out it has my title here and then my signature and then on the backs usually over here I’m going to put in my certificate of authenticity which basically says certificate of authenticity this is a digital print an authentic representation of an original artwork by artie the beijer all copyright and reproduction rights remain with the artist i.e me and I will hand write the title in the year in which it was bought sign it and that’s it and there’s a little care label down there as well so that goes on the back of this like so so I need to do all of them I need to sign all of them but I am so happy with how this has come out here are the smaller ones as well they go like a two-piece set like that you see how nicely it’s reproduced

if you look at it in comparison to the original as well

you just take off that protective sheet and it’s so close isn’t it it’s hardly any difference or at least I can’t tell much different like well obviously I can tell there’s a difference because there’s texture and there’s not as much on this but I think it’s a pretty good reproduction so pretty happy with that these are now going to get photographed and put in my online shop asap hopefully I’ll manage to do that by the time this video comes out I need some good light and today there is light but I don’t think I’ll get it done in time we’ll see anyway hi again everyone I really hope you enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed making it and both the papaya print and its companion piece pink pomegranate are now in my online shop so do let me know what you think of them and what you thought of this video as well if you enjoyed it please do click the like button it really helps me out and as I said before subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more videos from me please leave a comment down below and tell me what you thought of my video let’s have a conversation bye for now and I will see you in my next video thank you for watching

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