All in the details

My new favorite thing seems to be drawing with white ink over super saturated watercolor, specifically Prussian Blue and indigo in an effort to get deep contrast. I started experimenting with white gel ink on water color earlier this year while getting ready for my show, Dreams About Flying, at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

The detail I can get has me falling in love with drawing again. I’ve often incorporated it into paintings, but haven’t let it stand on its own for some time.

Here’s a progression of a drawing in this style and material completed over the weekend:

Starting with deep blue watercolor on heavy duty Arches paper with some salt thrown in to create the background. It’s important to note that the watercolor background needs to be completely dry before beginning to draw with ink. I’ve been painting full sheets of paper and letting them dry overnight before I begin drawing. The gel ink will re-wet the watercolor if it’s not allowed to dry fully.


And the drawing begins!


Getting into the details…


And up close…


The finished painting/drawing is 11×14 inches and will be available (framed) in my studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts next month (August).

Do you have a fun drawing or painting technique you’d like to share? I’d love to try it out!

Sketchbook Sunday: Thumbnails

Playing with composition on a small scale, using thumbnail sketches to hammer out some ideas. Don’t be afraid of using paint in your sketchbook, just make sure to leave it open to dry. I would show you some examples of what those pages look like when you don’t, but I can’t. Because they’re glued together.

Oberreich Sketchbook 9

Social Sketch Indy

With several events and shows recently, I managed to forget to tell you about one of the bigger ones (ugh, staying on top of things is hard sometimes).

Social Sketch has come to Indianapolis! It started with friends gathering at a restaurant with their sketchbooks in San Francisco and has expanded to other cities including Oakland, Spokane, Denver and more. And now it’s here in Indy!

SSIndy Logo

I contacted the creators of Social Sketch to get the okay to bring it to Indy and got an enthusiastic ‘yes’. The concept is pretty simple, pick a location and invite people (artists and others welcome) to come draw together.

SS1 Lorie Lee

Social Sketch Indy #1 was held on June 5 in the Courtyard at the Harrison Center for the Arts. We had about forty people and one hedgehog (thanks for coming, Petunia!).


We’re busy planning the next event already, look for more information on our Facebook page, and on Instagram at @SocialSketchIndy.

And last a big ol’ special thanks to Stephanie Lewis Robertson for your help in planning and hosting, to the Harrison Center for the Arts for providing a location and Print Resources for creating sketchbooks that will be used at upcoming Social Sketches.

Midwest is Best

I’ve been in watercolor and ink mode all weekend working on projects for clients. But, I found time to work on another illustration project in honor of my home state. Midwest is Best progress Look for postcards and prints of the finished painting very soon!

***UPDATE*** – Postcards of ‘Midwest is Best’ are now available in my Etsy Shop and at Silver in the City on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis.

Sketchbook Sunday: TFIOS Anniversary

A year ago the feature film The Fault in Our Stars opened in theaters. Not quite a year before, I was commissioned by the set buyer to create three sketchbooks to be used in the movie. While the books themselves weren’t used, the images they contained were removed and adorned the bedroom walls of Hazel Grace Lancaster. Here’s to reliving my 15 minutes (more like 2 minutes) of fame.


A Year in the Stars

It’s been one year since I sat in a dark theater with a couple hundred people (mostly pre-teens) watching the ‘Night Before Our Stars’ preview of The Fault in Our Stars.

TFIOS Signed Poster

While I was of course looking forward to seeing the movie itself, I was more intent on spotting every tiny piece of artwork I had done for this film. I had been told by the set buyer (my contact at 20th Century Fox) where to look and sure enough Hazel Grace’s bedroom walls were covered in bits and pieces of the three sketchbooks I had submitted.

It’s surreal seeing something I made on a big screen. Most people won’t know or care that it’s there, it’s just part of the scenery, but it’s meant a year of new experiences and adventures to me.

I taught workshops on keeping sketchbooks for the first time, signed on with a gallery, won awards, done several local interviews, applied for programs that I might have skipped and had commissions that wouldn’t have happened without this movie. 2014/2015 is the official restart of my art business and TFIOS was a big part of it.

TFIOS with Asher

Thank you John Green for the book, Barbie Pastorik for the movie, and Emily and Asher Schwank for seeing it with me for the first time.