Quick study sketch of a K-250 action figure from Star Wars: Rogue 1.

Daily Sketches – Master Studies 1

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8 Pages

I love master studies. Find a drawing, painting or design you admire and sketch it. Figure out why you admire it. Analyze what the artist did. And build your sketching skills. Currently, I try to start each practice session with a warm-up master study.

This group of master sketches focuses on robots. Beyond the general theme of “Hey, cool robots!” there isn’t a lot that links them together. I just liked what I saw and had a lot of fun exploring them. You can find links to the original images (along with about 1,000 other images) in this Pinterest board. Read More

Daily Sketches – Observation Studies 1

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7 Pages

Random observation studies from my sketchbook. Quick studies like this help me build a visual vocabulary. When I want to illustrate something I haven’t drawn before, like fishing boats, light houses, and recliners (to pick three objects entirely at random), I start by making quick studies. That way, I know what the objects look like and viewers understand what I’m trying to say.

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Quick ink sketch of a windmill robot.

Daily Sketches – Windmill Robots 1

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7 Pages

More quick infrastructure robot sketches. Still getting familiar with ink, especially technical pens. These may turn into finished illustrations during the winter break, depending on what else pops up in my practice sessions before the end of the semester. Read More

Ink sketch of a lighthouse robot.

Daily Sketches – Lighthouse Robots 1

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9 Pages

Our design program recently decided to emphasize pens over pencils in our introductory drawing courses. I wasn’t happy with my pen sketches, so in mid September, I switched from daily painting practice to daily ink sketches.

My first sketchbook is nearly full. I’ll post the sketches in groups over the next few weeks. Read More

Color study of mountains

New Sketches (August 13-19, 2018)

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5 Sketches

This week was another set of cloud and mountain studies, using Noah Bradley’s photographs as reference. It was also the first week of the new semester. There were so many perfectly justifiable reasons to skip painting practice this week. I’m glad I didn’t.

I’ll do at least one more week of clouds and mountains before I move on to something else.

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