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Sketches: Rest of Undefined Variables

Undefined Variables, the book

This is the last batch of sketches from a sketchbook I carried with me (theme: Undefined Variables).

I’ve got two more tiny leather-bound sketchbooks like these but I may take a break from this style of book for a bit. I’ll pick it up again when I think of another programming concept that I can translate into a sketch style.

I also need to get the proper pen(s) again. I’ve been using the “soft” variant pen for these last ones for a change, and it’s much more like a brush pen. This paper is heavily textured which makes the soft nib catch more easily.

Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Chavela

Chavela

Norway

Norway

Cabin

Cabin

Coffee

Coffee

Barbecue

Barbecue

String lights

String lights

Purse

Purse

Gallery

Gallery

Ukulele

Ukulele

Backpack

Backpack

“Prior Art” show at Kaleid Gallery

Prior Art reception (photo by Jillian Cocklin)

Prior Art reception (photo by Jillian Cocklin)

My first solo show, Prior Art, is now up at Kaleid Gallery in downtown San José from now ’til November 25th. The theme of the show is “analog media manipulation and vintage virtual reality.” I’ll be posting the stories about the art in the show every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks. I’ve been working on this project (the theme, the art, the book) for most of the year and it’s great to see it all together. Thanks to everyone who made it out to the reception, and if you haven’t seen it yet definitely check it out while it’s all up together!

Here’s more details about the art in the seven themes of the show:

 

Sketches: More Undefined Variables

Just scanned a bunch of the sketches from the little notebook I carry with me (theme: Undefined Variables). Much like my first notebook (Object Oriented) I started running out of ink at about the 3/4 mark, right near the end of these. I remembered that a drying-out brush pen is still pretty useful for shading, so now I’m carrying both it and a fresh one.

Stovetop

Stovetop

Potted plant

Potted plant

San Jose Airport

San Jose Airport

Rogue Brewing Co.

Rogue Brewing Co.

Fountain

Fountain

Monitor

Monitor

En route

En route

Singlebarrel

Singlebarrel

Dancing Cat Cafe

Dancing Cat Cafe

Kitchen table

Kitchen table

Tahuya

Tahuya

Fog City Diner

Fog City Diner

Accordion Book for a Quickstart Manual

Canon 50d Pocket Guide, Accordion Bound

Canon 50d Pocket Guide, Accordion Bound

I put my Bookbinding I skills to work to create an accordion book for a quickstart manual for a used camera we recently picked up, the Canon EOS 50D.

I found the PDF online, but unfortunately it had a bunch of watermarks across it. Or did it..? Yes, I have Photoshop skills. No, I won’t use them to remove watermarks from legitimately-for-sale imagery. But to make password-protected-for-no-good-reason old product manuals look better? Sure.

I arranged the corrected pages so each page ended up 2.5″ x 3.5″, and I was able to get about half onto one standard letter-sized sheet of paper. I set them up so they would create a nice, thick two-paper-width page once folded. My measurements were perfect, and they lined up nicely. Attempting to glue them…not so clean. I really need to get the “50/50″ glue we used at the class since it’s more forgiving for repositioning. The basic school glue I used was not, so my perfect alignment ended up not-so-perfect…oh well.

In the true spirit of a first attempt from memory of something done in a class, I also mis-measured the paper for the cover. I forgot to take into account the thickness of the davey board used for the cover, so I realized the paper wouldn’t wrap far enough (~.25”) to cover the edges so the inner paper would be approximately the same size as the paper. Yes, these are the things I’m now aware of after a class about this. To “fix” this, I chopped of 3/16″ of the davey board for the covers. This would definitely not fly if I were making this to particular specs, but since I was making this just to work on its own, it’ll do! The rest came together a bit better: the glue didn’t warp the paper as much as I feared, the glue held, and I decided to favor cover alignment (so the front and back lined up) rather than paper alignment (since that was a bit off-kilter anyway).

I’ll just pretend there are no mistakes. Isn’t it lovely?

Folding the pages

Folding the pages

Joining the pages

Joining the pages

Aligning the covers

Aligning the covers

Glueing the paper edges

Glueing the paper edges

With end papers

With end papers

Completed book (closed)

Completed book (closed)

Sketches: Undefined Variables continued

Next batch of the sketches in the Undefined Variables sketchbook I carry around. Enjoy!

It's not easy to get into the semi-sized tow trucks.

Cafe Legato

Just one crayon, left outside.

Stray crayon

I have no idea where that rabbit came from (or went).

Easter at home

Good spot to duck away from conferences at Moscone too.

Samovar

Sending off the orange seats at Candlestick.

Candlestick

"Paper" bags = insulated drink koozies.

55 South

Not sure what game that was. Maybe a Magic variant?

PAX Prime

Got some good use out of my bag from Headknife! Good size for a Nintendo 3DS.

SeaTac

Yep, that's a Buster Posey bobblehead.

Kensington Circus

I don't draw cars very often. Oops.

Just Tire

Sketches: Undefined Variables

I have this little book with me whenever I go out. At the time of posting this, I'm close to halfway done.

Undefined Variables, the book

This is the latest little sketchbook I’m carrying around for the occasional moment to draw. The theme of the last one was Object Oriented, and it was a little brown book with sketches of objects drawn in brown ink. For this little black book I wanted a different theme, ideally playing off of another computer science term. Hence: Undefined Variables.

I’m trying out a more elaborate ruleset on this one. I didn’t really know whether it was working until I’d gotten four or five of these done. The ruleset is this:

1. Draw a scene of the objects in front of me and pick one object to cut out, leaving only the outline of the space where it would be.
2. Instead of drawing the true background, fill it with a nearby pattern.

Here’s the first quarter or so of the book.

Zach's sippy cup, and a very strange children's book.

Backyard

Shhhhh.

SJ Singlebarrel

These chairs are like miniature couches.

AMC Saratoga

Pro tip: don't buy a kid's bike from a guy on the street.

SOFA district

Always a good time with Ted & Claire!

Parker, CO

Denver of the variable weather, and tons of craft beer.

Denver

Celebrating Lulu's bachelorette party in style.

Napa

Think I've had enough time on the lawn. It's seats all the way now!

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Dan Savage is super nice in person, as you may have guessed.

Hancock Building

Go here. This place, and the ACME Hotel it's in, are very cool.

Berkshire Room

Universal remote? Naah.

Daly City, CA

There would probably be more Chromatic drawings in here if I weren't trying to actively change these up.

Chromatic Coffee

Slo-mo flames are pretty relaxing to watch.

5a5 Lounge

Sketches: Object Oriented wraps up

A brief update: here are the rest of the sketches from my little Object Oriented sketchbook (the rest are here, here, and here). I’ve got another sketchbook going now that’s a different take on objects, so I’ll catch up to that soon.

Greeting card display

Greeting card display

Eerie skull stool

Eerie skull stool

Touch of upholstery

Touch of upholstery

Nearly empty

Nearly empty

Metallic cream

Metallic cream

Tea basket

Tea basket

Little stone bowl

Little stone bowl

Wooden & sturdy

Wooden & sturdy

Dangling spotlight

Dangling spotlight

Comments?

Comments?

Vending

Vending

Cleaning up

Cleaning up

Sketches: Object Oriented continued

I’m about three-quarters of the way through my Object Oriented sketchbook–the earlier sketches are here and here. My pen began to run dry, so I switched to a new one partway through this batch. In hindsight, I should have kept the original pen for shading, as it’s been challenging to do detail work with the ink-laden new pen.

Cozy fancy chair

Bagel offering

Wall of sound

This way

Splayed flight tags

Shiny & crinkly

Empty newsstand

Tea at Satori

A bit of hydration

Neatly collapsed

Where’s the bulb?

Hello Good Pie!

Sketches: Object Oriented returns

The second batch of sketches! It’s been a few months, and I have fourteen more Object Oriented sketches to show for it. When I originally started I promised to post more when I got halfway through, but apparently I went a few beyond that. Carrying this little book and pen with me everywhere has been working in the sketch-more-often department. Enjoy!

Barefoot Coffee

Feel welcomed?

Ready for snowballs

Cheep!

Clever napkin wrap

Keeping SJ lit

Humble popcorn

Waiting at The Garage

Don’t slip!

Ridiculously tasty

“Crusin'”

Hawaiian tchotcke

Kona Brewing Co.

Beach day

Sketches: Object Oriented

Object Oriented, the book

Object Oriented, the book

I have a weakness for sketchbooks, and often buy neat-looking ones in the hope that they’ll be a good motivation to draw more. I found these funky little 3″ x 3″ leather-bound books at Cost Plus World Market a little over a year ago, and decided it’d be just the right size to carry around. While it’s just a cheap little notebook, I really like the size and feel of it, and wanted to make it into a worthy standalone art piece on its own. I’ve diligently stuck to the same theme and the same marker, a sienna brush pen, to keep the look consistent even though it may be months between sketches.

Why Object Oriented? Objects, as subjects, are easy. They don’t move (usually). They don’t get self-conscious. The textures are challenging…especially the smooth, manufactured ones. It makes me look around my environment more. And it’s a term drilled into me from my computer science days, a concept I still like. I’m a quarter of the way through the book; I’ll post more sketches when I make it halfway.

Puzzle pieces

Puzzle pieces

Tape measuring

Tape measuring

Teeny espresso cup

Teeny espresso cup

Modern chair at the airport coffee shop

Modern chair

Stained glass light

Stained glass light

Clock countdown

Clock countdown

Winding line of chairs

Winding line of chairs

Part of airplane seatbelt

Part of airplane seatbelt

Plastic coffee lid

Plastic coffee lid

Empty gumbo bowl

Empty gumbo bowl

Corduroy hat

Corduroy hat