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.


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Published in: on April 18, 2010 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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More Persona 4 Fanart

Back to more Persona 4 fanart. For those of you who are wondering why there’s so darn much fanart here, I have the summers off and I play a LOT of video games and watch a LOT of shows and movies. (In addition to riding my bike and enjoying the weather – there are a LOT of hours in a day when you don’t have to work!) Anyway, I didn’t have a lot of illustration work to do this summer so I honed my skills by entertaining fans on Teh Internets. Mostly Persona 4 fans, since they enjoy quirky fanwork and hilarious stuff.

The Inaba Police are that underfunded

This here’s my two favorite characters from Persona 4, Adachi and Dojima, two small-town police detectives with quite the love-hate relationship. This was my first piece done entirely with Photoshop. I like the smoothness, but I missed working with the brush pen.

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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