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.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Suzuki DR650 Dual Sport Wallpaper Sketch

I've been busy all weekend and didn't spend more than a few minutes doing any art-work.  Well...  I mean, the sketch was quick, but the Photoshop play took longer.  See, I sat down next to my bike and started drawing and ran out of paper for the top of the bike.  It looked lame, however I cropped it, so I turned it into wallpaper.  Now is it lame?  I think not.

And why this motorcycle? Well, this summer I've got a bike trip planned and I'm obsessing about bike prep, maps, gear, etc.  I've got to get the bike tuned up and ready for a few weeks out of the country, so I'm thinking that this isn't the last drawing you'll see of this bike.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sexy Girl Sketch and the Thing About Search Engines

What I've discovered is that my "Sexy Woman" sketch has received the most views out of everything I've done.  This kinda makes me think that it's a good idea to describe the sketches I do in detail, and maybe use a little bit more provocative and likely searched language.  That's one of the reasons I'm drawing "Smokin' Hot Naked Chicks," instead of "Woman No. 3."  And I should also mention that I've got some hits from using the word, "ebony," to describe the model of pencil I used.  Stay tuned for drawings named things like, "100% Totally Nude Drawing," and "Pron Sketch." (sic)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hand Drawing - The Buck Stops Here

My fingers were modeling for me.  I prefer distorted over realistic when it comes to my hands. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Asian Girl Sketch

Another pencil sketch, but scanned into Photoshop and blue added with the paint bucket tool.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Quick Sketch of a Woman

Here's a quick pencil sketch of an intense, but cute woman.  I think she'd be a bit softer if I blended the crude shading marks.  Or maybe I could make some layers in Photoshop and run a blur filter on the front layer.  Then erase anywhere that I wanted to be sharp.  It could soften the parts I'd want less sketchy, but in a way more complicated way that just blending on the drawing.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Motorcycle Portrait Painting - Bobby's Harley

Here's a painting that I just finished for a buddy in Las Vegas. I used gouache paint on canvas.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stylized Man with Halos Drawing

Here's another sketch from a meeting.  Again, I'm not sure what's happening here, but it started with his right eye.  The rest of the face and then the halos followed.  As soon as I drew the skull portion above his face, I thought of a Speedo swimming cap.  I almost wrote "Speedo," but that would have kinda killed the intensity of the image.  I used Photoshop to add the color.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Girl Sketch in Pencil

This is a sketch I did using a pencil on copy paper.  When I scanned the image into the computer I feel that I lost a lot of information.  Much of the variation in shading is lost.  It only shows about four tones of gray above the white of the page.  I wonder if my scanner needs to be calibrated...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Etch A Sketch Mercedes

You never know how useful the skill of Etch A Sketching will be.  I could sell these on ebay but the buyer would just have to take my word for what was on the screen.  Hmm.  Probably not.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Broken Hand Drawing

The hand is an excellent model to sketch from.  It's always available, or handy (hilarious, eh?).  I used pencil, then pen for the outline and crosshatching. This hand is a little more stylized than realistic, thankfully.