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!
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.
Yesterday I made a move into the city itself.
Welcome home in San Francisco.
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.
Having done freelance myself for nearly a decade, it was a very nice experience commissioning someone else to design my avatar’s full alter ego.
Why have someone else draw your character when you’re an artist yourself?
I don’t know if this is a convincing argument, but try it for the small shift in perspective. Let yourself become the client. It’s interesting how your own experiences (good and bad) may shape requests as you work with another artist. It’s so hard to remember that those sudden changes in plans usually bubbles up as inspiration, just that, your client likely isn’t an artist or designer, so he/she may just be untactful about bringing up that inspiration.
The artist is @herogear most places online.
Get in touch with him for a piece of your own.
I was looking through my harddrive and found my anime hoarding folders (this was before Pinterest). Totoro gifs were “rare.”
Sorry Tumblfolk, I haven’t been sketching much lately because I’ve been heads down into a few freelance projects and a larger project of my own. That, and finding another fulltime gig.
Still, I can’t help but to waste time doodling. Here a few favourite form the past few months pulled off of instagram. I’m @susanl if you care to follow.