Sketchbook: Cow!

I bought tickets to and attended Cow Patty Bingo today – for those of you who don’t live in the boonies, it’s where you “buy” a 3×3 square in a field (usually there’s 1000 or so squares), they release a cow in the field, and if the cow craps on your square, you win.  Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I did get to see an animal, which, if you know me, is almost as good in my mind.  The cow was actually a 2500-lb ox named Tom.  He was adorable and I had to fight the urge to go over and nom his fuzzy ears.  I got bored waiting for him to poop so I whipped out the sketchbook and drew him.  I especially like the sketches of his legs.

Published in: on April 24, 2010 at 5:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Magic of the Metasketchbook

A few years ago, I realized that I was completely OCD about my sketchbooks – once I did something that looked crappy, I couldn’t work in the sketchbook anymore.  (Obsessive, huh?)  I ended up with about five unfinished sketchbooks that had some really good stuff buried in them.

So in August of 2008, I took all my sketchbooks and tore out all the used pages.  I threw out the mistakes, the scribbles, the notes I didn’t need to use anymore, and I kept the good drawings.  I had sketchbooks dating back to about 2002 or 2003, and I tore all the stuff out of them, making “brand new” sketchbooks for me to use.

I took the good drawings and bound them into a book called the “Metasketch,”  effectively making a compliation or “greatest hits” of my sketchbook.

I found some awesome 70’s upholstery for the cover

The front page – I used Letraset letters for the words.  Yes, that’s a self-portrait there.

I had sketchbooks of all different sizes.  It was difficult to bind them into one book – it took forever to sew all the pages.

Yesterday, I bound a new book, since I had finished my current sketchbook.  The tough thing was that the sketchbook, which my mom had given me several Christmases ago, was HUGE!  I didn’t have enough bookboard to bind a hardcover book like the first Metasketch.  I also wanted to use a more efficient sewing technique.  So what I did was cut some cheap paper , folded it into a signature, sewed it, and then used rubber cement to glue all the pictures in.

I used some Egyptian bark paper for the cover.  It was expensive and hard to fold, but it’s so pretty and distinct!

This page has a bunch of Persona 4 fanart.  I especially like Scary Granite Grown-Up Nanako and Adachi’s Little Girl Bike.


Published in: on April 18, 2010 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sketchbook Stuff, First Installment

I’m trying to work in my sketchbook more – to focus less on creating final products, and more on the process, refining skills and generating ideas.  My friend Steve and I always say that we just want the final product to be done once we see it in our heads, but we both know that’s not the case!  Hopefully doing studies and free-association and doodling will help me come up with some good stuff. Ideally I will be putting stuff here every day but knowing me that probably won’t be the case. But I can always try! ❤

Yesterday I cooked some white chicken chili and sliced up an avocado to eat with it.  I fell in love with the perfect, round little pit once I opened the fruit up, so I decided to poke at it and draw it.  This is a 40-minute sketch with part of the pit casing peeled off.

Published in: on April 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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