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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

Sketches: Rebus Time

Rebus sketches

Rebus sketches

At Kaleid yesterday I was trying to think of something quick and sketchy to contribute to the pool of art for Two Buck Tuesdays. For some reason a pineapple popped into my head…so I took suggestions from various artgoers about compound words that could be made from other words. These are drawn on slate blue paper, and I used a “denim blue” marker for a little extra tone.

I’ve been in the mood to draw more after gathering up my editorial cartoons from hundreds of digitized college newspapers. Keep an eye out as I post those over the next few months. For now: rebuses!

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

Peace, Love, and Understanding

Peace, Love, and Understanding

Peace, Love, and Understanding • 7.5″ x 8″

I found these little frames with comic-strip-like sections and thought it would work well with a three-part phrase. I immediately thought of Elvis Costello singing “what’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?” I thought about tattoos as a way to show these words, and a few small sketches later came up with this.

I didn’t use any photo references on this one so it’s a little more cartoony than my recent work. I wanted to use realistic-looking tattoo styles and locations, with each piece seen as tattoos are often seen: as the decorative pieces peeking out from clothes.

The arm tattoo I imagined as “Rest In Peace” with a calavera, a decorated skull just barely visible. The ankle tattoo: “Love Kills”, with the V as a dagger into a heart. The back tattoo I never fully figured out beyond “Understanding is the only way” but I imagined it has another few words there.

I used this to test out some new watercolor pencils and quickly realized I should have used thicker paper if I wanted to treat it like a true watercolor. After I added the ink outlines, I filled in more texture, color, and contrast with regular Prismacolor pencils instead.

Starting sketch

Starting sketch

Before adding water

Before adding water

After water & ink, before more color

After water & ink, before more color

Sketches: Steampunk Katherine

Point • 10 min pose

Point • 10 min pose

This month’s Two Buck Tuesday at Kaleid Gallery in SJ featured an opportunity for figure drawing amongst the regular mix of demonstrations, musicians, and artsy happenings. Since I missed the last two, I was glad to get a chance to go to this one. This evening had a first-time model, Katherine, whom the organizer had spotted at a steampunk convention and invited to model.

I wasn’t in a charcoal mood, so for this evening I used a few new Neuland markers and a basic drawing pad (Strathmore Drawing Medium, 14″x17″). The markers are great! I mostly used the fineOne Outliner (refillable!) and the feel of the nib and quality of the ink made me draw more deliberately with it. I’m very happy with the results and will probably use this from here on out. The highlights on the staff sketch are from the fineOne Brush tip with ink #803, a nice green/brown color that happened to match her fabric. I haven’t sketched much other than foliage with that one, but now that I see it’s a pretty good pairing with the black, I’ll use it with it again.

Bust • 10 min pose

Bust • 10 min pose

Grin • 5 min pose

Grin • 5 min pose

Brown • 20 min pose

Brown • 20 min pose

Staff • 20 min pose

Staff • 20 min pose

Back • 5 min pose

Back • 5 min pose

Stretch • 2 min pose

Stretch • 2 min pose

 

Hues/Muse: Toys & Musicians

Here’s the full set of vinyl toys & musician portraits I made for the Hues/Muse artist takeover at Chromatic Coffee last month. A few sold, so for the ones that didn’t I’m looking into either potential retail spots in SJ or online (possibly Etsy?) to hang a shingle & sell the rest. If you see any you’re interested in or if you’d like something in a similar style, let me know!

Vinyl Toys – Series 1 (Craft)

Sandy

Sandy

Birdy

Birdy

Glassy

Glassy

Glam

Glam

Forest

Forest

Fabrice

Fabrice

Woody

Woody

Tinny

Tinny

Marlon

Marlon

Sketchy

Sketchy

Pup

Pup

Musicians

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

Beyonce

Beyonce

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Prince

Prince

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

David Bowie

David Bowie

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

"Weird Al" Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Preview for an upcoming show: Hues/Muse

The purple one could be on your wall!

The one and only • Prince (15″x22″)

The blank vinyl figures are from RoseArt.

Little topiary dude (4″ tall)

Here’s a preview of two projects-in-progress that will be for sale! In May I’m joining artist Celeste Young for an artist takeover of Chromatic Coffee. The theme of our show is Hues/Muse, a collection of works organized by the moods of eleven different colors. I’m working on ’em all now and will post both sets once they’re ready.

I’ve been in the mood to do more illustration, so the first set of goods are portraits of musicians. It includes the only suitable choice for purple: Prince.

The second set of goods are a bunch of custom vinyl figures. I’m painting/decorating them in different styles of arts/crafts. The green choice is this Topiary creature. Maybe I should name them!

The opening reception is Thursday May 7th from 6-9pm, and they’ll be shown for the month of May. More details to come on Chromatic Coffee‘s Facebook page!

Can you guess which ones get which colors? Tricky!

Ten more musicians to go

 

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

Lighting studies using Adobe Ink/Sketch

Gadget testing time – here’s some sketches I made with Adobe’s hardware/software offering for tablets, the Ink stylus and Adobe Sketch app. Overall the heft of the stylus is quite nice, and the app is a reasonable minimalist sketching app.

Despite my background, I generally avoid making art on tablets because I end up disappointed with both the feel of making it and the fidelity of the results. For the feel, Adobe Sketch has a bit of pressure sensitivity…which does help, and is a feat given the lack of support for this on iPads. The results, though, are similar to other apps in this class. I can’t un-see the frequent hallmarks of digital art: consistent brush edging, unnaturally uniform transparency, recognizable filters, excess dodge/burn, smoothed-out vectors. I always find myself wishing I’d spent the time with a sketchbook instead.

Knowing that, I thought I should come up with alternate uses more suitable to its limitations and a little less focused on creating an artifact. Here I focused mostly on loose studies of lighting and color to exercise my perception of the colors a bit more. These were sketched at Jillian’s studio earlier this year.

It mostly gets the idea across.

Wobbly lines

This looks halfway decent since the shapes are so simple.

Red pipes pop

I noticed some interesting bits of green and blue here.

Good color variation

Good view from here!

Attempts at fabric

Not a fan of this one; detail work is really tedious with this setup.

An awkward straw mat

Inktober week 4: George

Inktober is done, and here’s the last batch of sketches: this time it’s George, age 76. Some of these expressions are very suitable for Halloween! [also see previous Inktober sketches ]

It’s been a fun exercise, though I like having these as pick-up projects rather than forcing a daily schedule. I’ll keep doing this and posting batches as they are ready. It’ll be a good project to have on hand if I’m more in the mood to draw people rather than my current object-sketching project, Undefined Variables.

Yeah, I'm not that thrilled with the straight-ahead shots either

Waiting

Amused, in that slightly self-conscious way

Amused

I imagine him reacting to hearing someone else telling a story here

Cringing

The word that comes to mind here is "egad!"

Aghast

A bit unsure, but thinking it over

Contemplative

Boo!

Startled

I'd be wincing too if someone drew my head this funny. Sorry about that

Wincing