Thursday, December 30, 2010

a little about sketchbooks (a year in review)

I was sitting in the kitchen this evening, talking with my sister while flipping through my current sketchbook. It only has three blank pages left, so it's pretty well finished. I looked at every page, and started remembering (out loud, bless my sister) when I drew things and why I drew things and what was happening around the time the drawings came about. Reminiscing like a crazy. But it was incredible! Some people have photo albums, you know?
My sketchbook is a collection of organized lines that bookmark thoughts I was having at a certain time. The pictures don't have to do anything with anything, but I still can remember what I was thinking then.

This might just be another developing argument for keeping a sketchbook and putting something into it every day. Sometimes it's drawing the cup on the table again, or sometimes it's writing the name of a song down. There's a lot to be said about improving drawing skills through daily life drawing, but even when I don't feel motivated enough to tackle some minuscule visual concept, something about throwing some more lines on a page makes me feel better, like I'm tabbing my place.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


I'm coming to the end of another sketchbook. One more sketchpage and I'll be on a new one.
This one features a couple characters I made up. They work in a supermarket.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

winter house

Yesterday we had one of the grandest blizzards this city has (probably) ever had. I couldn't do any Christmas shopping or errand running or anything that required moving out of a single room!
Watercolor, gouache and ink on 300 lb cold press

My scanner isn't hooked up, hence the funfetti table photo.
Also a blizzard production: the Metrodome caved in. Y'know. Again.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

winter room

Sketchbook drawing, complete with the sketchbook attached!


I'm trying to finish this sketchbook up. Yikes, my desk is disgusting.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


There's been evidence in some previous sketch pages that I've been watching Dragonball and Dragonball Kai. Finally I decided to compile a bunch of the remaining drawings and put them together for a wholly Dragon Ball page.
Kai has made it very difficult to have a favorite character.