This set of drawings is from Sketchbook #4, which I drew in from August 1998 – April 1999. As you can see these are from a phase I went through in which I would fill every empty space. I still do that to this day on some of my pieces. It’s always been hard for me to leave empty space. That’s probably why I’m such a pack rat.
I was also going through some sort of perversion phase. Look again. On close inspection you’ll find all sorts of dirty stuff going on.
This is a little drawing I did of one of my teachers. I almost want to say that maybe I should have been taking notes, but now I’m a fancy artist so I’m probably better off having not taken those notes.
This split lip and split eye thing is a recurring theme throughout my late 90′s sketchbooks.
Colored pencil, what? I don’t know what got into me to use colored pencils.
Hmm…fourteen pages later and I’m back to the colored pencils.
Ah, a Cubist face. At least I lost the colored pencils.
This week you get to watch a video of Sketchbook #9. It’s been a super hectic week setting up for the $100 And Under show. In fact, the big party for the opening starts in about an hour and here I am writing a blog post when I should be cutting my nails and taking a shower.
Dang! I’ve actually done this “Flashback Friday” thing 22 weeks in a row. It’s safe to say that it has now become a habit. This week we’re flipping through the pages of Sketchbook #8, which I worked on from September 2001 – June 2002.
For some reason I started doing this thing where I would draw a set of little lips inside of the big lips. And no, it wasn’t out of perversion. In fact, I didn’t even realize that it could be a reference to the female body until just now as I was typing. Hmm…what’s that say about how the subconscience mind works.
I always liked this hand. Like the previous drawing I just realized something I didn’t notice 10 years ago when I drew this. I didn’t finish the eye on the right side. It’s just a circle. Normally, I would draw a line through that and then make an eyeball. This is especially funny to me because I used this image as a sticker design, which means somewhere* out in the world there are stickers of my unfinished drawing. In fact, you know what, I bet I can dig one up for you.
* As it turns out, that “somewhere” turned out to be an old shoebox. I actually postponed this blog so I could go home and find this sticker that I had assumed could be found somewhere.
I guess these are little shark characters. If you look closely you can see that they actually started out as a set of eyes. Let’s face it, I draw a lot of faces. Well, back then I always started with the eyes. With this drawing I did the eyes and then realized the shapes looked like sharks, so then I just drew sharks instead. This is why I encourage people to throw away all their pencils. When you draw with a pen you can’t erase and you allow the element of chance to enter your creations. This opens the door for possibility and puts you in a place where you can create something you had never intended to create in the first place. And that’s a beautiful thing.
I liked eating at this place.
Kind of abstract, but there are a few faces hiding in there.
That concludes this episode of “Flashback Friday”.
Thanks for tuning in!
I know I know…Friday is almost over, but let me tell you, it’s been a busy day. I won’t get into the details because that’s a whole post of it’s own, but I will say this. It was good being busy. I had a great night.
For today we are going through Sketchbook #9, which I drew in from June 2002 – May 2003.
There you have it!
Now go have yourself a wonderful weekend.
It’s raining like mad here in SLO Town, but that won’t stop me from posting some old school drawings. These are from Sketchbook #6, which I worked on from June – November in 2000.
I always thought exaggerated features were hilarious when I saw other people do it, so the zipper on that hoodie was my attempt.
Back in the day from time to time while working my customer service job (phone operator/skateboard salesman) I’d flip through the fashion magazines people left laying around the sales floor and use them for source material. Yeah, I logged in LOTS of drawing hours at that job. It was sweet.
Today we’re diving into Sketchbook #7, which I worked on from November 2000 – September 2001.
Yes, it took me almost an entire year to fill this book. I think it took a long time for two reasons. First, it has brown paper, which allowed me to draw with a white out pen. Since I was drawing with black and white that means I spent more time per page than on my other sketchbooks that are mostly just black ink on white paper.
Second, I tried my best to make each page worthy enough to be framed. Of course, there are a few exceptions, but all in all I’d have to say that this is my best sketchbook because of those two reasons.
As you can see, all of these are “full spread” drawings, which is something I never seemed to do with my white paged books.