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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hypocritical Abstract Red Textures Art

I tend to dislike abstract paintings because I just don't see the talent behind them (most of the time).  Every once in a while, I see a series of super bad-ass ones that feel like landscapes or something, but usually it's just boring drips or spray or whatever without any show of technique or control.  Granted, the first people to create really original works I'll accept as innovators, but the hundredth person to drip and splatter paint on a canvas with footprints and cigarette butts doesn't get any points from me. 

Please enjoy my hypocritical abstract piece.  You won't see too many of these from me unless I start doing corporate art (and I'm totally willing to do corporate art FYI $$$).

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ink Swimmer Guy Sketch

Here's another drawing using my ink pen and smudges.  Hey, if I lick my finger after making smudges, am I at risk for some sort of ink poisoning?  Just curious...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Strange Ink Doodle


Yeah...  I obviously don't need to explain any of this.  But I did use the paint bucket tool in Photoshop to fill in the red and blue, but other than that, I left it alone to tell it's story.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ink and Photoshop Sketch


It takes me a couple days sometimes before I scan my sketches into the computer so I can format and upload them to this site.  With this one, when I saw it on my computer screen, the proportions looked weird, so I decided to mess around with it in Photoshop.  First, I tweaked the levels to make the blacks black, and the whites white, and to make the tones more true to the original drawing.  Then I played with warping the shape of the drawing to correct the proportions.  And finally, I cropped it, and darkened the top corners to rid it of distracting and unimportant information, putting the focus back on the face.  Now it feels way more mysterious to me because it's dramatically shifted from what I originally had drawn. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Vampire Girl Minimalist Sketch

She sorta emerged while I sat there with the pen in my hand and ink smudges on my finger.  I think it took a total of four minutes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Torn Red Girl in Ink


I sketched out this girl, then while attempting to fix an errant smudge, I accidentally saturated, then tore a pretty good hole in the paper.  To salvage the rest of the drawing I pasted it onto a scrap page that I filled in with a red felt-tip marker.  The red allows her torn image to stand out and I'd guess, makes it look as if it were intentional.  It's a nice example of a happy artistic accident and letting the artwork create itself.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Woman in Gloves Ink Drawing

I love to work in and out of paintings and drawings, pushing in, darker and darker, then highlighting and pulling out, towards light.  I haven't yet found the counter to black ink, but I've been exploring some options.  In this drawing, I used white gouache paint applied by finger to highlight, then when my pen died from being used over somewhat wet paint, I busted out the sharpie.  I guess I'll be playing around with other whitening options for a while until I find my perfect solution.  I'm rambling...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Idyllwild Camp Landscape Sketch


I went camping last week in Idyllwild at Fern Basin campground and did a quick sketch of the awesome view we had from the edge of our camp site.  The sketch came out flat and dark with no depth or focal point.  I guess that's part of using ink and finger smudging while rushing to be done.

Maybe I'll play with it in Photoshop just to hit upon what I mean about the lack of depth.  I'd have to add a whole 'nother element to give it a focal point.