Tag Archive: Sketchbook

Dec
31
2012

Sketchbook 12/31/12

I haven’t posted anything from my sketchbook lately–mostly, that’s been because a lot of my evening sketching time over the last few months has been consumed by the AlphaBooks project. Now that that’s over, though, I’ve been back working in my sketchbook on some non-alpha project things. With these sketches I was trying to work …

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Sep
30
2012

Iron Man MK1 Armor

Here’s a quick pinup I did of the first version of Iron Man’s armor. There’s something really appealing about this clunky, gray “bullet head” version of Iron Man, I think. It has a visual sense of weight and menace that the later versions lack. As you can see I’m still experimenting with trying spotting blacks. …

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Aug
31
2012

Hellboy!

Here’s a quick ink & watercolor Hellboy I just wrapped up. I just started re-reading some of the early Hellboy comics. What great stuff–and so beautifully drawn and colored!

Aug
23
2012

Creature Generator! (Contour-to-Character Sketchbook Exercise)

I’ve written before about the three types of drawing I think people should be doing in their sketchbooks: Drawing from life and/or photos (yeah, photos are OK in a pinch–get over it art teacher snobs!) Goal-directed drawings–things like character designs and thumbnails for stories Drawing from imagination/doodling And, as also mentioned before, the third category–drawing …

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Jul
19
2012

From The Sketchbook: Ball Point Pen Doodling (7/18)

For some reason last week I decided to grab a Bic ballpoint pen from the “pen cup” on top of our refrigerator and fill a sketchbook page with ball point pen doodles. I hadn’t drawn with ballpoint pen in a while, and I’d forgotten what an interesting drawing tool it is. It’s sort of halfway …

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May
07
2012

From The Sketchbook: Jack White

The new Jack White record is pretty great and I’ve been listening to it (and the new Spiritualized) pretty much non-stop for the last week or so. Just ’cause I had Jack White on the brain, I whipped up a quick illo of him in my sketchbook. It’s not a great likeness, but I do …

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May
01
2012

The Platinum Carbon Pen: Holy Grail of Sketching Pens?

If you follow my ramblings, you know that I love my Rotring Art Pen for working in my sketchbook… except for one thing: the ink refills you have to use for the pen aren’t water-fast, so you can’t sketch with the Rotring and then go over your drawing with sepia wash or watercolor. On the …

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Feb
23
2012

Sketchbook 2/23 – Baseball Players

For the last few days I’ve been on a baseball kick in my sketchbook. Maybe I’m just ready for spring to arrive–who knows? I’ve posted phone pics of some of these to various social media sites, but here are decent scans of them all together. They’re all taken from Ken Burns’s Baseball: an Illustrated History, …

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Feb
13
2012

Sketchbook 2/13

I haven’t posted a whole lot from my sketchbook lately, mainly because most of my evening sketch time has been taken up by either working on my weekly AlphaBeast or my weekly Portrait Night drawing. With the latter of those two now concluded, though, I’m hoping I’ll have a bit more time to do some …

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Oct
07
2011

Sketchbook 10/7

I’ve been neglecting sketchbook posts of late. Partially that’s just because I’ve been super-busy and haven’t been working in it as much as I should. Also, though, I’ve been tending of late to post stuff to Twitter or G+. Anyhoo, here’s a recent page:

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