Thursday, December 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Sketchbook Project 2010- 2011

      A few years ago, I took part in a round of The Sketchbook Project.  It was and, I believe, still is an exhibition of sketchbooks filled out by artists all over the world.  How it works is: you buy a soft cover Moleskine sketchbook from the project and fill out the pages according to a theme.  At least when I did it, there was a list of themes to choose from or you could be assigned one at random.  When you're done, you send it back in.  They're barcoded so people can check them out of the Brooklyn Art Library or the mobile library.  There is a digital library as well.
    My theme was "Boys and Girls."  Above you can see a photo of the back of my book covered and stickers.  To the right, is one of the drawings from the book done in pencil.  It was a lot of fun and I recommend it to all creatives out there.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday: That Old Snail

     Welcome to another Throwback Thursday.  It's the cool thing to do I guess: post old photos from way back when.  Here, I dig out some old art work I thought you might like to see.  This snail sculpture is from way, way back when... sometime in elementary school.  Apparently, he's an artist, too, with the little hat.  Anyway, I made a quick drawing of it today inspired by the exercise in Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim where you draw from a child's clay sculpture.  Today, I collaborate with grade school self.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I Could Draw with That: Feathers

     I found this feather by the roadside while out for a walk one day.  Like most things, it inspired an art project.  Today, I finally decided I would look up how to make a quill pen.  Assuming I did it right, it was fairly easy. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: LOTR Fan Art 2002

This drawing is based on a film photo (please don't sue me!)  I once stood in that same location on Mount Sunday over seven years ago!
     In honor of the new Hobbit movie coming out tomorrow, I've dug out some old drawings from the year The Two Towers came out.  That year, I did a bunch of pencil drawings trying to improve in dry media.  I'm trying to do something like that again, trying to discipline myself to draw more and get "back into shape" after doing very stylized work.  My work even today is very much influenced my LOTR artwork especially the artists and designers of WETA Ltd. in New Zealand.  Artists like Christian Rivers and Daniel Falconer had a significant influence on my style and are a big reason why I decided to study a semester in Wellington during college and why I work in pen and marker today.  (The sketch of Treebeard Mr. Falconer drew for me still hangs on my wall.  "Don't be hasty... Cassy!" it says.)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sketchbook: Bianchi Honda Waiting Room

Waiting Room   Pen and Marker on Paper
     Yeah.  So this was earlier.  Turns out there is a safety recall on my car.  Apparently, the "master switch" for my power windows can overheat and catch on fire.  It hasn't in the four plus years I've driven it, but let's not take any chances.  At least the dealership had a nice waiting room... especially if you like coffee and General Hospital.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Work Break Scribbles

It's the time of the year when we shoot a lot of winter sports at work.  Without going into too much detail, there are times when there can be some significant gaps between teams' scheduled times.  I'm usually found sketching on scraps, waterbottles, or my trusty old Moleskine.

Today, we had an especially long break and I got one of my coworkers to play the scribble game.