Sheets of blank paper taller than your thumb and to big for my backpack all screaming at me to get to work. For some reason the tooth and feel of this book is more attractive to me than the super thick and slick Bristol board book, or the 140lb cold press watercolor paper book. I’ve figured it out… it’s the same paper (but way bigger) as my first sketchbooks back when I was at DASH (design and architect senior high) in Miami. Mr. Milanez would hand them out like candy. I would burn through them in a few weeks, chewing them up. Nothing great but I couldn’t get over the fact that they just handed you another one.
What’s in the bag?
A bag full of markers and this book that reeks of high school made it easier to let go and have fun. I brought this bag with me thinking that I was going to do rock some ill outlines, pieces and fill-in, but I couldn’t get that started. Here are some bikes, dogs and other things that did come out.
Why using crappie materials could be a good thing.
Drawing on kinda crappie and large paper changes something. I think it’s the need to ‘finish’ that usually comes with larger formats. That feeling is gone. Another weird thing, the markers which are great for filling in large areas felt limited on this large format. I would fill the whole page with color in my 8×10 black book (ask me to show you). So line work became super important. I tried incorporating washes but the cheap paper didn’t like that. So line work is king!
I’m still learning that I have lots of hang-up. Getting free and removing myself from the work is going to take a minute, it was easier with this book. The more I work, the more I understand (maybe). I need to practice F$#king up stretched canvases. Media surface shouldn’t hinder the work, but stretched canvas vs found cardboard influences my work in profound ways. Similar to working on post-it notes.
More figure drawing. I skipped into the figure drawing event today, like a kid going to get ice cream. The model was super and the lighting was challenging (in a good way).
The short 3 and 5 minute poses came first, then a cookie break and then back to drawing with some longer poses.
This time I didn’t forget to note the times for each drawing.
A three minute pose.
Getting into the 3 Minute thing, But I miss my blue pencil.
This one was super awesome, the model was doing a scary ‘ROAR’ pose but kept laughing. Looking at again I think I was able to get that in the drawing.
Now some five minute drawings, the light is good on this one. going from 3 min to 5 min feels decadent.
The model has a pole, really focusing in on the hands and fingers.
Another pole 5 minute pole.
A 10 minute pose and I didn’t know what to do with myself, I spent the extra time on the hair.
Toes are very important. I continued working on the head (on the next page) after i ran out of space
Head hair and face, part of the previous 10 minute.
A twenty minute drawing, up went the hair. A had lots of time to think and see shadows.
The model picked up a guitar and I couldn’t resist working on the feet. They very rarely sit still. 20 min to be continued on the next page.
A quick Fun Fact: When I was in school our teacher, Mr Wyroba, had us draw 50 hands and 50 feet. At the time was was perplexed at the breath of such an undertaking. I remember the Michelangelo hand drawings and photocopies out of the ‘Anatomy for the Artist’ hands being passed around like they where cheat sheets. There were also the empty threats to do all fifty as middle finger salutes. I am so grateful for the support of my classmates and that lesson. I talk about the importance of hands and feet as a form of expression when ever I get the chance.
With 5 minutes-ish left I wanted to work on her hand holding the guitar.
Back to the feet for the last minute.
With this 20 minute I wanted to map some color. The light was taunting me with blue shadows.
Yes that is a giant guitar, very flat and it was hard to change my paradigm so I wrote it in.
A nice outline.
The last 15 minute, I think the model fell asleep on this one, I was able to focus on the face here.
Doodling while eating my noodling. More from the sketchbook, I have had little time to work on paintings but that is because my studio is in a state of neglect becoming the dumping ground for lots of great ideas that need to be worked on.
My mood ring made me scream, then I ordered, “humm today I want some ice cream”, she wrote it down and asked about my doodling. That’s when I thought about leaving, the paper started to speaking. “Shh!” I’m eaten.
Hola, I have been hard at work making paintings for the Hive (LA), and getting The Sis & Moon Studio looking good. So the “Friday Sketchbook review” has been taking a back seat, But I’m back on track now. The materials haven’t changed much, water color box, fountain water color brush, fountain ink brush, and sketchbook. I have added a few color pencils and a white gel pen (LOVE). I also have just started a new sketchbook, you will see the work next friday from that one, It’s a Moleskine and I look forward to wrecking it.
Love, a “P” meets an “E” for some alphabetical lovin.
Smile peace, this is how you smile with half a jaw.
More smile peace, having fun with letters, ‘PE’.
What would you wish for, if it was Friday? Rainbow powers….
This is what your old mix tapes have turned into, free and wild.
Fun watching the kids race up and down the hill.
What dogs wish for on Fridays? Trips to the woods….
Touch his nose it should be wet. If it’s dry then your dog might be sick.
Next exploding grenade arrows!!
With diamonds, hunting wild almond alligators.
Sitting on airboats in the Everglades.
Pulling dinosaurs into the future,
That’s when we where picked up by space police,
They gave us two choices,
So back to the future,
Aiming condoms at Billy Ray.
It was all up to the kid… Aim (check) Always sharp.
When we got back… drama.
Space police tapping my sleeping head,
My young arrow spitter is getting ready,
Turns out the president sent for us. Without Miley the aliens aren’t scared and invade…
This time Back Back to the future with a space invader theme!
I got a lot done this week. I will do a break down of the water color set soon. Water color set (Lego’s inside a Altoids case), water reservoir brush, ink reservoir brush, pink highlighter, and a white color pencil. I think there was also a red fine roller ball, a green highlighter and a purple sharpie.
This week past 16 years, February 1997 – Nov 15th 2013.
I have worked on this sketchbook, on and off. It was started out as a journal for my lizard. In 1997 I bought a tiny lizard from a street peddler and named it “Frog”. I continued working on the book long after I let the lizard go but ‘Frog’ continued to be a source of inspiration. I would use this book whenever the ‘Frog’ inspiration hit.
This was never my main sketchbook, I picked it up and worked on it from time to time. 84 pages, divided by 16 years gives you… 5.25 pages each year. I hope you like it.
The cover: Franky gave me that Beastie Boys sticker in 1995. The lobster label ‘MAINE’ came from a trade show I went to while working for a company called ‘Eton’. Notice the “BINDING GUARANTEED FOR 10 YEARS, PATENT #4106,148”. The book was published in 1977, so when I got hold of it my 10 years was up :). Warming up page 1, I gessoed these pages then the crinkled and tore so I skipped over them, they were good enough for Evan, work friends, cell phone.
This is where I started keeping a record and writing about “Frog”.
I bought another lizard thinking “Frog” needed a pal, mistake, “Frog” didn’t like the idea.
Apple bits are not a favorite, and “Elroy” (the new lizard) looks sick. ‘Frog’ has taken a shine to my roommate, I think he is in love.
Frog and Elroy, Oh how I wanted to like those animals, but lizards are not cuddly, and can be nasty buttholes.
Frog doesn’t like Elroy at all.
Elroy has escaped, I hope him the best.
I started thinking how Elroy’s life on the run would be. Attempts at jokes while looking for Elroy.
Sheriff Esther, If she didn’t eat Elroy… maybe she was going to find him. Maybe she did.
Elroy at the Bar, he has found his people, I wish him the best.
Elroy is still missing maybe he is having a good time.
Elroy is missing while I chop greens for frog… where’s Elroy?
Maybe Elroy was kidnapped by flies?
Frog is a 32″ monster and he is starting to make me crazy. Roommate finds a very large lizard swimming in her tub “Not cool man, Not cool!”.
Other lizard found in the yard. long story short, Sheriff Esther did eat it.
Frog The Lizard has been set free. That lizards whipping tail, shedding nails and spitting hisses will not be missed.
Eton, a trade show, I brought this book with me on a whim. It has spent years sitting on a shelf at this point.
From 1997 to 2002, from Florida to Atlanta to Chicago. I’m still able to pick up this book and work, all I have to say is “Wow”.
More Chicago, a long drive, and some great art.
It’s a lot of blah, blah, blah, two pages stuck together, ripped and written on. Page 40 and 41.
Just a strange yellow rabbit thing, this might have been in Chicago.
This book goes to Mexico. Road trip with Amanda to texas, I think we went to to see the Old 97’s
Working with Blue acrylic, pen and a white marker.
Full color paint pens and the narrative about Elroy continues.
Running with the Lizards (rock music in the background).
I think at this point I have been prepping pages ahead of time, What a innovation? Before this I would white out a page then work on it.
The prepping pays off these next couple of pages look good, but I find out that gloss medium acrylic will still seal shut. It encased a few really cool drawings.
Jazz band, this is the bleed through on a page spread that was encased, I was able to finish it on the reverse.
These pages squished together, I ripped them apart and made this.
Fun with lizard flaps and dresses.
Now for some red, black and white. This was a thing for a while.
I rode the train to work (downtown Atl). I would try to work on a spread a little each day during the commute.
Most days I didn’t fall asleep.
Nice buildings, The page texture is rough I tried using rollers to put down a white wash. I lost my pen and couldn’t get back into this one.
This one was fun, lots of bits and pieces going on.
Coffee cup raft floating in a sea of pink. I’m preparing the pages with red now.
July 2013, is this the future. What am I doing here.
I have a small tube of acrylic white and red, a small brush, water bottle (for painting) and an ink fountain brush in my bag.
Red white and black, the new ink brush is making this fun. Pages 76 and 77. I made some stencils.
Fun with Ink pen, Making a neat lizard! Pages 78 and 79. Something to be said about keeping it simple.
More red, black and white, Count the Lizards on my head.
1 small tube of Cadmium Red acrylic.
1 small tube of Titanium White.
1 tiny bottle of water.
1 brush (cut to fit just inside the bottle).
1 black fountain ink pen.
And this is where we stop for now. Page 86 and 87, 41 more pages to go. Thank you for looking and sharing.
First page new book…Finished the previous book this week. Above is the first page of new sketchbook, This book is a 4×6 ish moleskins, I have also picked out a new pen, marker and pencil palette, see below.
You might have guessed that I use a limited palette. Every week I switch up what I use. I will be documenting the palette for each week from now on. Got any advice or questions? leave a comment.
These spreads are from the “all about lizard” book.
The Lizard book was started in 1997 when I started chronicling the adventures of at the time my lizard “frog”. He was not a good pet, I set him free in 1999 and wish him the best. I continue to work in this sketchbook off and on. Some sections gap weeks others years. I will be photographing and sharing as part of a “sketchbook Friday” back fill. Leave a comment and tell me what you think.