* iceland travel illustrations, en plein air

erin kate archer painting en plein air at glacier lagoon, iceland

i was lucky enough to spend the last week in iceland! i made a point to do a few travel illustrations of my favorite spots while i was there – one of my favorite ways to experience a new place! i packed a small notebook of arches watercolor paper, a travel watercolor set, and a few pens for my ink and watercolor illustrations.

above is a shot of me painting at glacier lagoon !

glacier lagoon travel illustration iceland

& glacier lagoon at the end, although not quite complete as the layers began to frost. (you can see this even in this picture on the bottom right of the page!)

hallgrimskirkja reykjavik iceland

a view of the famous church in reykjavik, hallgrĂ­mskirkja.

waterfall travel illustration south iceland

one of a few waterfalls in south iceland.

reykjavik city illustration iceland

the view from the top of hallgrímskirkja (taken at 10am – still dark!)

 

blue lagoon illustration iceland

speed sketch of the outer rivers of blue lagoon – so magical!

i would definitely recommend an iceland visit if you can manage it. even in the dead of winter (we visited in february) the beautiful sights + great people + awesome food made it a definite winner. i hope to return soon !

* painting watercolor crystals — live on skillshare! (+ free link!)

watercolor crystals on skillshare

i’ve just published a new skillshare class, painting watercolor resist crystals! & for this week only, i’m sharing it for free!

crystals are magical, beautiful, & mysterious, and also fascinating from a scientific perspective!

this class will teach you everything you need to know for creating accurate watercolor resist crystals–from basic crystal anatomy to step-by-step instructions on illustrating an example from each of the crystal structures to wet on wet resist techniques & beyond!

i’ll take you along to see all sorts of real life crystals for inspiration at an NYC crystal shop and arm you with reference material (with scientifically accurate sources!) to create your own raw resist crystals!

premium: http://skl.sh/2kt3qev

free: http://skl.sh/2kaz0g4

hope to see you there!