I found this artist on Twitter because I'm following @maruti_bitamin (my favorite artist aka koyamori) and sometimes she likes other artists' work, leading me to discover them.
I first saw the really beautiful first image in the slideshow - "Fade." Her caption was that it was just a quick sketch with ballpoint and watercolor - I was absolutely amazed. This is the kind of stuff I would love to turn in as a final project, and for her it is just a quick sketch for fun. When I first found her, I was working on "Broken Breath" so it was a critical time for exploring how ink and watercolor work together. I adored how she could create such loose movement in the hair yet still keep it as a recognizable form. She used loose and tight watercolor in the same piece and it all looked coherent. Wow, I just really love it.
I soon found her Instagram as well and immediately followed her. Within a few days, she posted two more sketches like this - "Violet" and "Neptune." Wow!!!! They're just so beautiful. Simple and elegant, and full of life. The originals sold on her storenvy for $150 each, so I admire that she is able to get substantial money from this (compared to me spending hours on a painting and being elated to have sold it at all.) She also sells enamel pins and prints of her work as less expensive alternatives. I don't quite agree with some of her pricing; while I love the sketches, they aren't as finely rendered as some paintings that she sells for $100 or $150. Still, her choice I guess.
I also like her because her style is somewhat similar to mine. Well, one of mine. I have several different ways of drawing but one style that I like to consider my most "formal" is a bit similar to Auclair's. (Big eyes, button noses, big-ish lips, indicating the nose with a teardrop shape, I dunno.) This is inspiring because it shows me that my work could really develop into something amazing like hers. She works on a very detailed scale, though, so I don't think I would ever really start making stuff like hers.
Here is her FAQ.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School