Tools: graphite pencil (4B and 2B).
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (5″x8.25″, 70gsm, Ivory).
Got some shiny new pencils and an extra-long sharpener for Christmas. I don’t get many opportunities to do this kind of sketching for my industrial design classes, but it’s a lot of fun. Add it to the list of “things I should do more often”
Tools: fountain pen.
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (7″x9.75″, 70gsm, Ivory).
A few more western character sketches. I switched to pencil sketches midway through the week, so I’m posting these early to keep everything organized.
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.
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.
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.