Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sketch Splash!

I know it's been a while; I completely missed the month of November. Since the holidays are coming up, there may be another long pause, but if I get a chance and come up with some fun sketches I'll post them when I can. For now, please enjoy these humble doodles and a picture of a cat.

(I also just noticed that this is my 100th post!)

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Ever Happy Pumpkin

If I haven't said it before, I'll say it now: I love the fall! The changing color of the leaves and brisk winds may signal snow is coming soon, but before that there's plenty of time for strolls at parks now free from nasty black flies and mosquitoes. No more profuse sweating for just stepping outdoors, no more sunburn and better yet - comfort food such as apple pie with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin muffins, cider, etc., etc., etc! (yes, that was worthy of three etcetera)

Halloween is another interesting feature of the fall. While I don't go for the ghoulish in my festivities, I can appreciate a time of year where it's acceptable to dress up as half a horse and wrangle a friend into being the butt, or perhaps making use of that cosplay costume you thought wouldn't work out next year. Any way you hack it, costumes can be great fun!

I haven't been sketching as much as I would like recently, but I did find time for a couple fall themed sketches. In addition to these sketches, and as another way to help me get back up on the sketch wagon, I've joined The Sketchbook Project 2013 for the first time. I actually just got my sketchbook in the mail today, and I am very interested in starting it. I'll have to look over the categories again and see what I would like to work with.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Once in a Blue Moon

Since a Blue Moon has just occurred this last month, I thought it would be appropriate to post something in it with a moon theme. It also happens to have a fox in the foreground, but we'll just focus on the fact that a moon is present. It's nice to read up on some common phrases that we use.

There seems to be a little discrepancy between calendars on what is actually consider a Blue Moon, but either way, it's rare occurrence and the phrase itself will continue to be used to mean just that: something rare.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Imperial Post

I'm still cleaning out a backlog of older sketches. This time it's some imperial/ornate subject matter. I always have fun with drapery. And hello! there's a fox... how'd that get there...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Serene Scene

I was trying to switch up my subject matter on this one a bit. I'd been doing a lot of animals studies about the time I did this sketch and people being very athletic or fit and I felt a need for something a little more static. Hence, here is a pregnant woman sitting by a still pond. Like it?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Miscellaneous Sketches and Stray Reptilians

Here's another menagerie of sketches! Again, I was studying birds and at least one snake. I think this may be some of the last sketches left over from, April and as you can see, some from May. These were performed in one of my favorite sketching mediums - black ballpoint pen.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bricks and Borderlands

Here is another fruit of the recent Independence Day holiday. I was really able to sit down and conentrate during this long break from my normal schedule, not that I wasn't busy, but I was busy in a very pleasant way - busy with fun! That's the best kind of busy.

Drawing the bricks and armor was a nice departure form the flower drawings I had been doing during this time, and I think it kept me pretty fresh material wise. I definitely didn't get bored and the composition isn't too bad either. I'll probably put this one on the queue for development for personal work.

I also had a great time at a few antique shops, too, one of which had a treasure I couldn't pass up. I spied this beauty at the end of a shelf right behind a similar book that was far more expensive. The drawings/engravings are a little fantastic, especially the dinosaurs (I'm sure somewhere a Science Fairy died when I opened the cover), but that was part of the appeal in the end. Based on the description of the tiger, this big cat was something of a blood-sucking, murdering psychopath that enjoyed terrifying it's "victims" before dispatching them. So far, I haven't found a worse description in the whole book, but it's clear that science was a much different world back then even for children (the book was published in the very early 1900's). I am happy to put this in my collection, not as a science book, but as a fair tale with some great illustrations. My only regret is that there doesn't seem to be a credit to the illustrator who provided the imagery.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Porch, Garden, Patio

I had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful 4th of July with some very close friends who enjoy the outdoors quite a bit. While I visited, I was able to sketch a few images for fun and then tried to watercolor them later. I think the watercolor part of things will be a bit harder to complete as I am out of practice, but I am looking forward to trying some floral studies.

Here are the preliminary drawings that I sketched out onto some water color paper.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sketchy Silliness

Okay, so here are some more old sketches. The subject matter is a bit eclectic, but hopefully, amusing to a certain extent. Some these sketches are just studies while others are meant to be completely silly charicatures of reality.

It's nice to be able to draw anything you fee like sometimes - including caped crusaders!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Deeper Meanings

Lately, I've been drawing quite a few somber sketches. They tell a story and I have always felt more satisfied with my work when I feel like it communicates something. When it allows the viewer to project a mood, experience or plot that I hadn't quite imagined, it makes me feel like I did something useful. Here's an example of one I did recently just using a ballpoint pen. This one is interesting enough to me that i would probably add it to my list to develop into something a bit cleaner in the future.

And here is another one that is a little more obvious, but still interesting to me.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sketch Backlog

I've been sorting through the sketches that I've done in the last six months or so, some of which I have neglected to post for viewing simply because of a busy schedule. I figure now's as good a time as any to share some of my backlog. There may be more to come as I have continued to sketch, sometimes slowly and painfully, and sometimes with fervor, since the new year.

Eventually, my goal is to develop some older sketches into paintings. I have several good thumbnails lying around and ready to be committed to a worthier material - some you may recognize, some you may not. I am hopeful that I will get to them in the near future.

For now, I am continuing to build a formidable stock character sketches, landscape designs and overall lighting sketches for reference in the future.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Romanticized Mud

Here's a sketch I did a little while back. I still haven't completely gotten marsh/swamp/wetlands out of my system. That's probably directly related to my geographic location and my tendency to visit parks with pleasant examples of swamps and marshes. I wouldn't really want to put my feet in swamp water though... not unless the water was circulating fairly well.

And to get you in the mood for a little swamp, here's a picture of a very green, algae filled pond I took a picture of one summer in the not so distant past!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Maiden and the Mare

Recently, I've had a longing for the old children's books of yore, mostly aimed at young girls, filled with unicorns and princesses. When I think of fairy tale books with unicorns and horses I immediately think of Stephen Cosgrove (author) and Robin James (illustrator) who did a series of books published under Serendipity. Some titles you might know about are Morgan Mine, Mumkin and Morgan Morning. There are many others, but these three were a source of visual joy as a child amongst others.

This sketch is probably heavily influenced by my childhood dreams coming from stories like the above. I hope to do many more in this vein.

Here's close-up!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Out of the Ice Box

I remember taking a creative writing class in college where the professor related a method by which writers ensured that in the event of a fire their physical manuscripts would be most likely to survive. This method involved storing the stack of paper in the freezer. I'm curious, did the pages get freezer burn?

I can't say I've ever tried it - I don't write enough - but I do have difficulty storing the plethora of drawings, sketches and finished art that I have collected over the years. Often, an unwanted piece goes to my mother or my sister. Sometimes, I throw it away... I can't say these are worthy of being stored in a freezer, but they were fun to draw.