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2-minute sketches of robot concepts

Messy Sketches: 2-Minute Robots

By | Sketchbook

9 (Very Quick) Pages.
Tools: fountain pens, markers
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (5″x8.25″, 70gsm, Ivory)

This is my “Messbook,” a throw-away sketchbook that I use for demos and sketching experiments. It’s small and cheap(ish) so I never feel like I’m wasting a page, even when I’m completely reckless. Right now, I’m working on a 2-minute design exercise: create a quick, interesting silhouette with a medium gray marker, then rough in the details with a black pen. Each sketch should take 2 minutes or less. The goal is to generate lots of concepts without investing a lot of time, materials or emotions in each one.

Photograph of the cover of my messy sketchbook, with the word messbook on the cover

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

2-minute sketches of robot concepts

 

Quick ink sketches of foxes.

Sonoran Desert Animal Sketches

By | Sketchbook

9 Pages.
Tools: fountain pens.
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (7″x9.75″, 70gsm, ivory)

A few weeks ago, I found a brand new fountain pen in my studio. I bought it last year and lost it when I reorganized my studio (I’m pretty sure “reorganizing my studio” isn’t supposed to work that way, but it often does). Ive never drawn with a fountain pen, but 2018 was “The Year of Practicing Your Ink Sketching.” It seemed like the perfect time to try it out. I like it. I like it a lot! I like it so much that I bought a second fountain pen for my campus sketching kit.

These are sketches of animals from the Sonoran Desert (which surrounds Phoenix and extends into California and Mexico). Each one took about 5 minutes. You can find the images I used for reference (along with a few hundred other photos) on this Pinterest board.

Quick sketches of rabbits.

Quick sketches of rabbits.

Quick ink sketches of coyotes and wolves.

Quick ink sketches of coyotes and wolves.

Quick ink sketches of coyotes and wolves.

Quick ink sketches of foxes.

Quick ink sketches of foxes.

Quick ink sketches of quail.

Quick sketches of javelinas.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Cactus Watercolor Sketches

By | Sketchbook

12 Pages.
Tools: non-photo blue pencil, technical pens (08 and 01), Fineliner, fountain pen, white rollerball pen, Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolors, hair dryer.
Paper: Pentalic Art Watercolor Journal (7″x10″, 140lb)

I don’t usually make finished illustrations with watercolor, but I love sketching with it. It works a little bit like marker sketching, only with a much wider range of colors. Much longer drying times too. That’s what the hair dryer is for.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Watercolor and ink studies of cactuses and rocks.

Ink and marker sketches of plants from the Desert Botanical Garden.

Desert Botanical Garden Sketches

By | Sketchbook

3 Pages.
Tools: non-photo blue pencil, Fineliner, Tombow Dual Brush Pens, white rollerball pen.
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (7″x9.75″, 70gsm, ivory)

During the winter break, I made several trips to the Desert Botanical Garden in Tempe. I was mostly there to take reference photos and walk around outside in the company of other people (illustration is lonely, sedentary work). But I also did a few sketch pages.

Life drawing can be a lot of fun. I should do this more often.

Ink and marker sketches of plants from the Desert Botanical Garden.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Ant and Robot Sketches

By | Sketchbook

10 Pages.
Tools:
non-photo blue pencil, Fineliner, Tombow Dual-Brush Pen.
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (7″ x 9.75″, 70gsm, ivory)

I used these sketches to get ready for my “Ants” illustration. Some of them were quick pose explorations. The small pose studies took 1-2 minutes. The larger studies took 5-10 minutes. I also did a few 10-15-minute marker and ink studies of ants. “Ants” was my first detailed illustration of ants (or any other insect). These studies made the final illustration much better.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Close-up studies of ants.

Close-up studies of ants.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Quick pose studies for an illustration of a robot.

Quick sketch of a robot concept by Benoit Godde.

New Sketches – Master Studies 2

By | Sketchbook

6 Pages

When left to my own devices, I tend to make simple, slightly cute genre characters. It’s fun (which is at least half of the reason why I do this) but I’d like to add more texture (aka “technoclutter”), especially in my ink drawings. So this group of master studies focuses on images with great technical details. Read More