Sketchbook Art

When I got back into drawing after a long hiatus, I initially started off working in sketchbooks, particularly Moleskines. At the time I had it in mind that this would be my main medium. I envisioned myself creating my own sketchbook picture book of amazing pointillism drawings that would later expand into printed volumes to fill a bookshelf. It was an ambitious idea.

Well, things change.

I just so happened to stumble upon these delightful little things called artist cards and fell in love. Immediately I found the cards to be easily mobile which was great for when I did any traveling but still wanted to get some drawing done. Add to that they’re easy to mount and with the size of matte board that I use it’s relatively easy to find a frame for them. To top it off the idea of creating these wonderful works of art at such a small size, I found both challenging, fascinating and a bit against the grain. In a culture where we tend to try to do everything big, going in the opposite direction is liberating and less exhausting. There’s something about art that is small but draws you in that creates a certain quiet intimacy that I never really felt while looking at a larger than life painting. So I made a complete switch to artist cards and haven’t looked back.

The thought of presenting a well worn Moleskine full of completed pen and ink gems is still a lovely idea to me so here are a few sources of inspiration from artists who have done just that. 😊

Kerby Rosanes

Gaia Alari

Lena Limkina

Mattias Adolfsson

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Best Nine Of 2017

With just a little over two weeks left in the year, 2017 is quickly coming to a close ushering new resolutions, plans, hopes and aspirations. For the coming year I’m hoping to create some work that is good enough for a group gallery exhibition. There’s always something going on art wise in my town during the summer but I’ve been hesitant about jumping out there, feeling as though my work isn’t quite where I want it to be to be displayed in a gallery. But I realized I got start somewhere and each summer our local art gallery puts a call out for artists to come show their work in their yearly group exhibit. So I’ve been tossing ideas around. If anyone has any suggestions on what subjects are most favorable to galleries please feel free to drop a line or two in the comment section. For now though, I want to look back over what I’ve done and highlight the work I’m most proud of. Presented here in a collage are nine drawings I created this year that I feel have been my best for 2017. 😊

Gaze

It’s that time of the year where in my area you can get all four seasons in one day. I’ve been under the weather for a few days but a couple of bowls of chicken soup, with some Earl Grey tea and a few sugar cookies seems to have lifted my spirits to where I’m at 90% now. As a side note, I’ve never had Earl Grey tea before until now. I’m more of a Oolong lover from my frequent haunts at Chinese restaurants but a friend of mine sent me some Earl Grey and it’s been sitting in my tea drawer for a few months so I decided to give it a try. To my surprise I find it to be quite delightful. I’ve never been black tea drinker but now I see my Oolong will have to scoot over and make some room for Earl Grey.

Anyhoo, between my sour tummy and sore throat I managed to ink out a drawing, a piece I call “Gaze“. It took a bit to try and get the background stippled evenly and I can see a few spots where I could have evened it out some more but for the most part I think it looks even enough. I try not to over do things for fear of messing it up so I’m gonna leave it as is. I was also striving to get the woman to look like she was emerging out of the darkness. But because I’ve been staring at this thing for the past six days I can’t really judge as to whether I achieved that or not. Overall I think this piece came out fairly good. 😊

Pen Graveyard

I have this red cup sitting on my drawing table that, well, for lack of a better term, serves as a “graveyard” for my pens that have lost their use. I have this difficulty in letting my creative instruments go, hoping that maybe they may serve some unique purpose at some later date. This is even so when it comes to my more disposal pens like the Microns, which luckily have been a bit useful in their nearly dried out state. I’ve discovered that as they reach their bitter end they release less ink which allows me to stipple in a much finer gray tone where needed, especially one my smaller drawings like the ACEOs. This is more difficult to achieve when the pens are fairly new. But unlike my felt tip Microns that can still give me some use as they breathe their last breath, once my technical pens take a dive that’s it. Needles break or get bent, parts leak or clog to the point of no return. For all the beauty in artistry they provide, technical pens are a bit pricey and high maintenance. My Rotring alone cost me $40. Replacing and/or fixing any issues can cost you at least half, if not as much, as what you paid for the pen itself. Hence my reason switching to something more economical. But I still hold on to them. I still love the feel of them in my hand and the certain air of professionalism they present. Maybe one day I’ll spring for a new one and put more dedication into its upkeep. If you love precise like myself, technical pens are quite lovely to draw with but keep in mind they do require a bit of care to maintain.

The Rose

I initially started off with the intentions of doing some Red Crowned cranes but I ended up here, with a rose. Guess that botanical itch won out over my thing for wings. Anyhoo, I’m calling this simply “The Rose“. Maybe I’ll get around to those cranes on my next ACEO. 😊