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Working and learning on large 11’ x 14’ crappie paper.

Hand full of Makers and some big paper.

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.

red marker, girl on a bike
Super Fresh, I always wanted to ride like this.

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.

Bag of markers
BAG-O_MARKERS
Drawing of Dog on colorful sheet
Clem the dog napping next to me while I work. She gets lots of time in my book by always being near by.

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!

Lesson learned.

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.

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Large Doodling 11×14

Big clouds blow away to reveal a b-boy on a bicycle, chased by a dog who would’ve been happy with a bone, and a girl who likes robots.

And odd one eyed four legged kids, following friends who come from nowhere.

Today lots of work in my head that needs to come out.

Bag of markers

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Late night drawing

Tonight the house is quiet, dishes clean, and the kids asleep. In that stillness I blow the dust from a large 11″x14″ sketchbook.

Drawing and watercolor of a bearded gentleman holding coffee.goofing around with Windsor Newton watercolor pens. I have been sitting on these things for a while. The foam brush is nice.Really liking the marker ‘brush’ on this watercolor maker. When you are super fresh, show and prove.

Some markers…

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Late night doodles

Yes, up late and making marks on paper, today I’m rocking a red sharpie, a red dry erase and a red Windsor Newton watercolor maker. Dogs and peaceshocka for pages.

All tiny little thorny. Small micro dogs stitched and fat. Dogs thin tiny little… again and again.

lots of red. Peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace….all red then I switch to using a strange black ink brush pen, foam tip style… not my fave, it might be a bit dry.

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74 Post-it notes

74 Post-it notes

Completely bonkers. I was cleaning my desk and kept finding little drawings mixed in with meeting notes. well this is all of them. Some of the Post it notes are from 2012 when I was working at WebMd.

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Book: sketching, product design presentation

Below I treat you to screen captures of “SKETCHING, product design PRESENTATION” from this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDSIeLJ89MU).

I saw it, then I bought it, and now I’m sharing it (a bit). If you come over you can have a go at my copy or get your own http://www.amazon.com/Koos-Eissen/e/B001HOHP4M.

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love the lines!Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.38 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.40 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.42 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.47 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.54 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.55 PM

I will endeavor to make all my sketchbook pages this meaningful.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.21.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.00 PM

grills grills grills.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.03 PMScreen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.05 PM

I wish I could think/draw as clearly about something as my four year old does.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.06 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.08 PM An unassuming item can be the hardest to design.
Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.29 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.34 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.36 PMHow many sketches does it take to understand a user’s need?
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I smile when I see one of those lamps in real life.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.45 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.48 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.49 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.51 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.53 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.55 PMScreen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.56 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.22.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.02 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.04 PMI end up looking at the leather shoes and thinking how nice the bike is, weird.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.06 PM

yummy shapes!Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.07 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.08 PM

these are wonderful! color material and placement.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.09 PM

I want one of these Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.10 PM

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Cartman on the left, Kenny on the right. I always forget who is Stan and who is Kyle.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.23 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.28 PM

These Lights are sick. How can one begin to redesign such an iconic item. it would take me a few pages to stop drawing circles.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.41 PMScreen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.45 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.51 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.52 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.53 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.54 PM

This one made me blush.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.56 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.23.59 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.03 PM 1 Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.05 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.07 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.09 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.10 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.12 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.15 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.16 PMScreen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.17 PM

I really enjoy seeing the thumbnails and ideation that goes on.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.18 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.19 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.20 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.21 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.23 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.24 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.25 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.35 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.38 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.40 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.41 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.44 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.24.45 PM

Go buy this book… http://www.amazon.com/Koos-Eissen/e/B001HOHP4M

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