Sketchbook Detour

***Temporary Sketchbook Detour***

I began a solo motorcycle trip from Los Angeles on Friday, June 22, 2012, heading north, as far as I'm having fun. I'll be updating my sketchbook with posts from the road, and not necessarily artwork. I'm too beat by the time I'm in camp or in a cheap motel.

I'll continue with the sketches when I get back in a few weeks.

Yeah right! It's been months! I'll get back to it as I finish up some classes and have more time again. Maybe in another month, like in February, 2013.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Engine Doodle

I was looking at some photos of motors in The Art of the Motorcycle, the book from a temporary  Guggenheim exhibit lightly touching on the history of motorcycles.  Anyway, as I was drawing the motor and screwing it up, missing proportions, and elements, I was still having fun with the shiny texture I was getting with the grayscale pens (mentioned in a previous post).  I usually start with the lightest or second to lightest and draw out most of the image.  Then I'll add shadow going darker each time, and trying to leave the previous color.  A finish with the lightest pen adds the final reflectivity.  The good car designers get a cool shine effect with minimal lines.  I'd love to be able to throw it down so effortlessly.  Pretty cool technique.  Look at that pipe!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Eyeball Doodle

It's an eyeball again!  Not sure how this worked, but I love playing with these brush pens: PITT Artist Pens- Manga Set of Eight Assorted Pens.  I wish the lightest color were lighter.  I think I need to number them so I can move up in shade without having to eyeball (nice pun, eh) the plastic color.  I'll play with these a bit more.  Maybe come up with a plan before attacking the page.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hard Times for Barney Sketch

"Will Work for Food" line of greeting cards?  I started to draw a car then quickly changed it into a lizard head.  The rest of the body followed with a graphite smudge with my finger to color the pants.  The original drawing was done in pencil on copy paper.  I photographed it, then put it in Photoshop, so I could play with my new Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Eye Tree Drawing


You know...  Standard tree with an eye in its trunk.  I'm not sure how this happened.  Maybe I was taken over by the spirit of an Illuminati and channeled this drawing.  It's probably really important and has been  mentioned in ancient prophecy.  Yeah... Probably...   

Wacom Bamboo Tablet

I just received my Wacom Bamboo Tablet, plugged it in, did the tutorial, and am impressed.  If you are an artist or know one, get them one of these.  It was $60 and is incredibly easy to use.  I just started doodling and it turned into this Pandora's Jack-in-the-Box thing.  I may have to rethink how I approach designing a painting.  It feels like working with markers.  Damn!  This thing is cool. Click here to see what I'm talking about: Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet