From the Sketchbook

I like reviewing my sketchbook because it tells me how I was feeling and what I was interested in at that time. When I look at my old sketchbooks, I realize 1) my drawing was not as bad as I thought and 2) I’ve gotten better πŸ™‚ It’s a great way to gauge where you were and how far you’ve come!

Also, it’s more playful and experimental. It’s so important for artists to not lose touch with our playful side and not be afraid to try something new. I get most of my product ideas from my casual drawings in my sketchbook by the way.

I want to share some of the recent drawings from my sketchbook today! Enjoy πŸ™‚


As always, I enjoy drawing food! I’ve been interested in making more illustrated recipes lately. It’s a fun way to to combine my love of drawing, handlettering, and eating πŸ™‚ This simple ginger tea is awesome on a cold day or if you’re having an upset stomach.


I made this lettering piece for one of the blog post. It’s such a simple message and drawing but makes me happy and inspired πŸ™‚


Whenever I feel stuck creatively, I draw flowers. I just love them so much! I bought dahlias at the farmers’ market almost weekly this past summer. I just couldn’t get enough of them! I usually photograph them to draw/enjoy later πŸ™‚ And I added this beautiful quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Swoon!


It’s time for me to start designing new products for summer! I think it’s going to be veggie/summer garden themed πŸ™‚ Some warm-up sketches to get my creative juice going. Excited to see where this will lead me.


Though I love simple pen & ink line drawings a lot, I was missing more colorful watercolor drawings the other day. Dave gave me beautiful roses for Valentine’s Day so I decided to make a painting of it to encapsulate their beauty πŸ™‚ It’s always fun to make a loose painting with watercolor and brush.

And just in case you’re wondering what kind of sketchbook I use, my current favorite is this Canson Mix Media sketchbook! I like the thickness of the paper, and the size is great, too. I used to work in a much smaller sketchbook but wanted to challenge myself to work a little bigger. Granted this is not that big, I’m learning to expand my horizon a bit πŸ™‚


I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into my sketchbook today! Have a great day πŸ™‚

xo Yuko


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