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Another Page from my sketchbook.

This is more of a concept I suppose, I’m having a hard time actually creating compositions or tableaus in my sketchbook. It all just feels like concept drawings. But I think this one is pretty charming. I like to think that this has a Life Aquatic feel to it.


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June 22, 2008 at 7:00 am

Sketch Therapy

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I’ve had a crappy couple of weeks, apparently that helps fill my sketchbook.

Here are a couple of pages I’m happy with:

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June 21, 2008 at 4:18 am

Figure Drawing (June 13th session)

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This weeks session was great. My friend Kyle joined Taylor and I this week and will likely be a regular to the weekly figure drawing sessions. I feel like I’m starting to get back into the figure drawing groove again. I was also very impressed with the rest of the people there too, there were some fantastic drawings and paintings made at that session and they’ve really inspired me to experiment with different media. I’d like to bring watercolour or something else to paint with next week and really focus on lighting.

Anyway, here’s a few drawings from that session.

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June 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm

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june 13th life drawing sesh

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So this was the second life-drawing session I attended, and it went much smoother than did last week’s. It’s all about getting into the proper head-space and not trying to rush your lines. Last week I was all worried about the time limit and not having enough time to finish, so I just scribbled everything in and it looked bad. But this week I was like “man, I don’t care how much of the drawing I get done just so long as whatever I DO complete has some effort put into it”. And that totally worked. I feel much better about my drawings this week, but they’re still by no means anywhere near to perfect. I’ve got a long way to go.

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June 14, 2008 at 7:36 am

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UGH. So I decided to try and use photoshop during our sketch club sesh yesterday and I ended up doing this picture of a girl underwater. Man, it did not work at all. I re-did it like a billion times and tried to finish it when I came home. And today I tried fixing some of the things that were bugging me too, but there’s just too many problems with it. The pose was not working at all; I wanted the head to be twisted in the opposite direction of the body, but I was having trouble doing that. And most frustratingly of all, she kept trying to turn into a man. Even still she looks a little masculine. Strong jaw, masculine features, shoulders like a football player, and boobs that totally look like a bad implant job.

Maybe I’ll try and fix this one at a later time and re-post it. But probably not. I think I just need to be done with this and move on. Let’s chalk this one up to a learning experience and call it a day.

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June 14, 2008 at 12:07 am

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Beardo and landspeeder

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Tonight’s sesh was alright, I think I am going to pick up some color markers this weekend.

From tonight:


This is an older one that I have messed with a bit in photoshop; being able to fix up drawings like this is such a (great) cheat.


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June 13, 2008 at 4:36 am

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So today I watched the first part of a 2-part video featuring Bruno “Nox” Gore (of Massive Black fame) working on a digital painting in photoshop. His finished piece is pretty amazing and he accomplished it all without any reference or planning stages.  It was pretty inspiring to watch him work.  So much so in fact that I had to quickly pull up photoshop before I left work to try my hand at just coming up with something from nothing.  I haven’t had much experience in doing any speedpaints, and I certainly have not done one in quite some time.  This is the best I could do in about 25 minutes, and while it’s not great I’m not disappointed by it either.  I got to quickly try my hand at some of the ideas I picked up from the nox vid, and more importantly I tried working with “LAB” colours which is something I just discovered today. To think I’ve been working with photoshop on a daily basis for at least the last 2 years and it never even occurred to me to stop and wonder what the LAB colour format was! Using LAB colours is quite a radical concept for me (in a good way) and I will definitely talk more about this in a later post.  But suffice it for now to say it has to do with how colours mix and are represented by our eyes and by our screens; and believe it or not this colour mode includes “imaginary” colours that don’t even exist!  I am excited about this! 

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June 12, 2008 at 9:45 am

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