Something about being Lost in Translation with a coffee type drink waiting for the next flight ignites the sketch.
3 sketchbooks and at some point I used a sketchbook to plan another sketchbook.
Also art tools are limited and this post was edited with a phone, hope it doesn’t look too janky. I may also can’t tell cause I slept 2 hours x2 in the last 24 hours…
In the darker hours of life, seek imagination.
Let the rest go.
Make a mess.
And, maybe clean it up afterward. [Not Pictured]
SBP. More progress! Have you ever seen the backside of a marker piece? Sometimes the backside is as interesting as the frontside. Life adage or something, right?
Doodles. Check out this haunting motion piece, Danielle. I sketched that while watching those 5 minutes. She really does have that gaze. The happy little tree sketch is inspired by my Kinokuniya tote.
Supplies. A hoard of various papers from Flax! A little Moomin who will now live on my traveling pouch of sketch materials. Thanks Liz!
I haven’t made one of these instagram recaps for a looong time. The last time was back in April, and things have really changed since then.
In the middle of this 3x3 was this photo I snapped in the Sutro Forest on a pivotal day. The sun shone through the canopy of the forest.
I reread my posts and kept seeing this phrase:
"I always want to remember how beautiful life is."
And lately I’ve forgotten this.
Blogging as a therapist.
Two introverted hermit nights in a row.
SBP. My last sketchbook project update was 5 weeks ago. Admittedly, today was the first time I looked at the book again and, of course, decided to completely change the style of the art. So, here we go… Felty nib pen outlines, watercolor pencil and maker coloring. Every spread will have a Ghibli character and some conveyance of longing…
Copics. I don’t remember when the last time I use these markers are, clearly, not enough. The blue porcelain flowering was done with a newly acquired pen + cartridge, my first fancy fountain pen. And I like to tell the story of my first Copic Markers (the 72b set)… It was my very first purchase using my own money earned from the first paycheck of my first internship. A distinct moment of realizing that freedom and desire to be self sustaining.
The first page. Always write your email in it. It’s a good excuse to make a mark inside of the book, so you don’t feel like you have to “ruin” it with a bad first sketch.
I don’t even know why I’m typing so much on a visual post, no one reads the words anyway.
2 weeks ago, I went to visit the mobile sketchbook library.
Today, it occurred to me I never really posted an update on the book I’m working on for the 2014 tour.
There’s going to be a mixture of Ghibli tribute, slice of life, and randomness. All drawn with ballpoint and watercolor pencil shading so far. You can see the book is already buckling from the water.
Yesterday I made a move into the city itself.
Welcome home in San Francisco.
More watercolor pencil sketches!
These three watercolor pencil sketches are probably amongst the most favourite things I’ve ever produced. It’s part of the ever slow growing set of Fantastical Date Ideas.
Tachikoma illustrated first last Thanksgiving. Totoro, sometime in between. Labbit this past month. All polished with Copic Opaque White when Labbit was drawn. I use a set of 14 or so Derwent Watercolor Pencils.
I was looking through my harddrive and found my anime hoarding folders (this was before Pinterest). Totoro gifs were “rare.”