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, June 26, 2012

Not-a-Sketch-LA towards the Arctic

I left on Friday, June 22, 2012, at 10am, heading from Santa Monica, CA, towards the Arctic Circle.  It's just me and my motorcycle, and my bike doesn't take photos, so you'll get lot's of bike photos.  It's basically a street-legal dirt-bike, a Suzuki DR650 that I got for $1400, and put the same amount into to make it touring worthy (more or less).

Well, it's 4pm, here in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and Raining and miserable, so I decided to get a room, do laundry, dry out, and hopefully, tomorrow will be nicer, so I can actually see the amazing territory that I'm riding through.  

Maybe I should try to stop and take some photos instead of riding through the stunning scenery and wonderfully twisty roads completely spellbound.  It's so difficult to stop.


My first night, above Big Pine, CA, in an astronomy-emphasized campground, where everybody was all about the clear, dark sky, with billions and billions of stars.  All I need is this bike, this tent, and this log.  That's all I need.



My second night was spent in Wells, NV.  This just seemed like the right thing to do, and I managed some motorcycle repairs from the convenience of my bed.  I realized that i made all the way through Nevada without hitting a red light, riding 460 miles from gas station to gas station in strong winds.



Twin Falls, Idaho, was my first traffic light since California.  They've got a river gorge running through town.  Pretty cool.



Sun Valley, ID, has a dirt road that runs up through the valley, and across the mountains for 40 or so miles of absolutely stunning views.



I rode up the Salmon river and had too much fun to stop, except for the moment when I came around a corner at 50mph into a road repair section with two inches of gravel covering a graded road for 100 yards.  I had a tank slapper that I managed to manhandle and ride through (like this), without wiping out, or stopping to take any photos (because I can't seem to ever want to stop moving).



I think that this was the first night I had actually got some good sleep.  This was somewhere near the border of Montana, south of Missoula.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos from yesterday or really any of today.  It was gorgeous riding, so I kept moving through it to see what was coming up next.  I managed to get 28mpg instead of 50mpg due to riding into miserable headwinds at the speed limit.  Yuck.  Then today, I was to hit Banff National Park and the Icefields Parkway, but I couldn't see anything off the road through the rain and spray on the visor of my helmet.  I figure I've spent 1545 miles to get up here, I may as well see it!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wise Tree Ink Drawing


Here's another one from a meeting.  Apparently, I was in my own little world...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Blue Woman Sketch


This drawing was done using my trusty Kuretake brush pen, a Copic wide marker, and finger smudging on some Arturo stationary.  The messy, fine lines are from me quickly sketching it out before laying down thick lines.  I like messy artwork if you couldn't already tell.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Metaphysical Doodle


Here's another one done during a meeting.  I'm guessing that it's a self portrait on some level.  Why the ant, sea, or any of the rest is there, I haven't a clue...  Oh yeah...  I added the color in Photoshop.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

HD Sportster Rough Sketch


If you don't look too close, this could be a Harley Davidson Sportster XL.  It's a very rough sketch, just to get the elements down, but things are just in the wrong spots.  I actually added some extra lines around the bike to give it even more of a drafted look (and to cover up some of my errors).  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Odd Ink Doodling


Doodling is something I do whenever I've got a pen or pencil and a piece of paper in front of me.  As with a lot of doodling, the subject of the drawing is something from the subconscious or begins as a pattern.  In my doodles, I'll usually see something happening and allow it to develop into a finished drawing.  What that finished drawing is, I often am not totally sure.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pretty Serious Girl Ink Drawing


I used a Kuretake ink pen (from Hiromi Paper) with a little spit and finger smudging on Arturo card stock.