Archive for ‘Sketches’

June 10, 2015

Reddit Gets Drawn

I recently joined Reddit (woohoo, time waster!) and discovered a subreddit in which people around the world post photos in the hopes that one of the artists in the community will draw them. It’s a surprisingly good drawing prompt. I wish people posted more pet pictures though.

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July 9, 2014

KINK Live 2014

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Thumbnails for the next CD cover design I’m doing for work! I got together with our staff photographer Bennett Dewan with just a few loose ideas. He took a series of gorgeous photographs of our friend Joe playing the guitar and sent me the best ones to illustrate. Updates soon! This thing is a quick-turn job.

 

December 14, 2013

Armageddon Sekrit Santa 2013

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Here’s the elf I drew this year for my gaming community’s secret santa project. She didn’t have nipple like last year’s, but I think the recipient will be pleased nonetheless. The other image is a little certificate I drew up on request for another player to give to their secret santa. It’s an artful Christmas!

October 15, 2013

ArtStudio

I’ve been working a lot in watercolor since my GMac died last spring. I found myself getting a little bored with it, so I decided to explore the drawing app ArtStudio on my iPad. I’ve owned it forever and never did anything serious with it. I took a photo and opened it in the app, which does almost everything that I use Photoshop for. I have a $10 stylus that I picked up at Walgreens, and I just dug in. I’m pretty impressed with the software. The tools are intuitive, and I like that you can rotate your drawing just like a sketchbook. This is just a work in progress that I’ll be playing with for awhile, but it’s been fun to get back into digital painting.

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March 19, 2013

Process

Two of my sisters are getting married this summer, and my twin has involved me heavily in the graphic design for her invitations and wedding information website.  She’s planning on an all-weekend throw-down badass camp-out wedding in the woods, and she asked me to draw some pictures illustrating the dress-up theme for each day of theweekend.  Here we have Happy Camper day, Crazy Hat day, and Solid Color day.

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February 21, 2013

Background Color Studies

Good:a Gallery in North Portland’s historic Mississippi District recently asked me to do the flyer art for their Star Wars-themed group show in May. I think it turned out pretty good, considering the six-day deadline.  I’ve been trying to think of a piece to do for the show itself and I’m really into ewoks right now.  Even though I’m still not sure what I want to do with them specifically, I tried out some color studies and backgrounds on my ArtStudio iPad app with a new stylus I picked up at Walgreens for fifteen bucks. Damn things work great!

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January 29, 2013

What I Wore Today

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January 7, 2013

Sketchdump

 

Skepticism, kangaroos, and degs.

hard times

kangaroos

its a charlie

January 4, 2013

That Figures

Recently I’ve decided that I could use a refresher on my rusty life drawing skills. I found an amazing free resource online called Figure & Gesture Drawing: Tools for Self-Educating Artists. Boasting an incredible collection of stock photography, it allows you to set up a timed drawing session just like back in art school. The site will, for example, give you a half-hour split up into a series of quick, thirty-second gesture poses that grow longer and longer until they end with a ten-minute pose. It’s an excellent warm-up for human anatomy, and to my delight, I found they also offer a twin section for drawing animals. Now that I’m not in school anymore, I’m not able to take advantage of their free life drawing classes so websites like this one are great finds. And because they’re photographs, you’ll get poses impossible in a classroom setting with live models — like silk-rope acrobats and dancers in motion. Here are a few of my favorites from the last few days.

(As always, clic to see bigger)

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November 7, 2012

The Death of a Sketchbook

When I draw in my sketchbooks, I have a compulsive need to fill them in chronologically, page by page — no skipping around. But I get really impatient once I reach the last several blank sheets because I can’t wait to start with a fresh new book. So for the next couple weeks, I’m going to crank it out so my old 1/4page art-store-sale crappy-papered book will finally be finished!