Monday, February 23, 2015

Sketchbook_Brain Drain 17.5 Pages 1 - 11!

I haven't shared any sketchbook pages for a while, so here's a sampling from Brain Drain 17.5.

Why 17.5? I haven't finished BD17, but I really wanted to break in my new Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media sketchbook. It's lovely!

Playing with shapes and stylization.

Cover concept. Covers are HARD.
Might work better as a chapter title page.

Remind me to smile
You know the old friends line
It gets so I feel like
I'm in this cold glass cage
The first version of the sketch above can be found here: Sketchbook_Brain Drain 16 Pages 27 - 36!

Another revamped sketch, initially found here: Sketchbook_Brain Drain 16 Pages 13 - 26!

Jillian, go take some figure drawing classes again.

Based off an earlier sketch using Willy Pogany's
Art of Drawing as reference.
Brush and ink.

Facing pages! This paper is sturdy and handles wet media on both sides
of a single page very well.
Gosh dang awkward arm / hand positioning.

Concept for a full revamp of ABAN-BUIL ANATHEMA.

I'll continue to update with more sketchbook pages. I often like my sketches more than my finished work, and I enjoy sharing my though process.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Throwback Cat 1993!

Throwback Cat 1993
colored pencil and markers on approx. 6x9 smooth bristol

It's about time I posted my first 2015 update!

This was a fun excuse to use a lucky find from I've Been Framed: Lyra Color-Giants. They are MASSIVE colored pencils that layer well with Prismacolors. I bought the five colors available, but I plan on buying the full 18-color set from Blick soon. They'll be indispensable for large works!

Original 1993 doodle.
Outlines drawn with Prismacolor Fine Line Markers.

Lyra Color-Giant (Farb-Riese) on left; Prismacolor on right.

Throwback Cat served as an important reminder that smooth bristol cannot handle as many layers as Stonehenge paper can. Overlapping is evident in many places, but I'll consider it a warm-up for the Oaxacan Toucan. For all the planning I did last year, the Toucan never saw its sketch stage. I'm going to fix that this year!