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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.

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

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

Daily Sketches – Master Studies 1

By | Sketchbook

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