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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Massively, Week 6

Here’s the newest for The Mog Log and A Mild-Mannered Reporter:

I really like this one… experimenting with total line-lessness and stippling for texture. Nice effect that people noticed. Very subdued and thoughtful… I’ll work that in for future subdued and thoughtful pieces. Yeah, like I’ll have any of those.

I just about freaked when people got the Persona 4 reference here. Yeah, All-Out Attack!

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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Fanart – Achewood and Persona 4 – Here Comes a Special Bear

Apologies to Chris Onstadt

I absolutely love Chris Onstadt’s wonderful comic Achewood (warning – NSFW).  Upon playing Persona 4, I kept likening Teddie to Philippe, the innocent stuffed otter.  The further I played the game,the more I realized that this comparison was faulty, but it stuck and I painted this little piece of fanart for fun over the summer.  Watercolor, with Photoshop lettering.

Published in: on January 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm  Comments (2)  
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Oldish fanart – Kanji Barfs a Rainbow

Kanji Barfs a Rainbow

I painted this for my sister for her birthday a while ago – this is her favorite character from the PS2 game Persona 4.  Vomiting a rainbow.  Yes.

Watercolor and gouache.

Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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