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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.