I’ve mentioned this before, but I picked up a nice little sketchbook from Zequenz back in the spring, and I take it with me whenever possible. I like documenting simple, cool little things when I’m visiting friends, or in a restaurant, etc. It’s become a visual diary to mark little events (and big ones too, I guess). Very nice smooth-finish paper in it, and the book will fold flat when you open it, which is nice for both drawing and scanning.
It also keeps me drawing on a regular basis, which is crucial. I’ve found over the past couple months that it’s really helped crystallize my drawing style. This actually caught me by surprise, because I’ve never really tried to find a specific style.
And yet, it seems to be happening, and it feels damn good.
Not long ago we were barbecuing at a friend’s place, and I saw a wooden giraffe that I just had to draw:
I definitely want to pursue more art along these lines.
And then just last week I was hanging with some other friends, watching Misfits on Netflix and pigging out on Wendy’s. At some point I looked around for something to draw, and saw an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet. These are pretty ornate pieces of design work, so there were some minor challenges to drawing one.
But I like how this turned out, and it was probably only 10-15 minutes’ work:
More to come in the future.
Yep, it’s true – Saturday marked the 900th day of my Thousand Days Project. Since January 1st, 2010, I’ve drawn/painted every single day, without fail. That seemed like an almost-ridiculous goal at one point, but the end is definitely in sight now.
I didn’t do anything special for Day 800, because I was well into Birthday Shenanigans Week. Day 700 was the 1st of December, and in addition to chipping away at the numerous paintings I was doing at the time, I drew a quick headshot of a beautiful blonde.
So with all that in mind, I figured that Day 900 needed something out of the ordinary – not a metalflake painting, not a dinosaur, not a sketchbook diary piece. But what?
Meanwhile, one particular illustration of mine has lain dormant for a long time – since September 15th of 2011, to be exact. This has been a long-gestating piece. I first started it in the fall of 2010, but it kept getting set aside in favour of other projects.
The first rough iteration of it looked something like this:
As time went by I slowly got closer to finishing it. In mid-September I did the blueline pencils:
This was scanned and imported into my Photoshop document, and the base illustration was set aside on my bar, waiting for me to do the final linework in ink. Anybody who’s had a drink at my place since then has seen it sitting there, though oddly enough, I don’t recall anybody ever asking about it.
I posted an in-progress picture online the night of the 15th, and walked off to a date with destiny. My whole world changed that night, and definitely without warning. Another story for my memoirs, I guess.
And I’ve seen that illustration almost daily since the fateful night, till it got to the point where it was just part of the furniture.
Until I was finally ready to finish it.
So without further ado (or cryptic remarks), here it is, the fruits of my labour of Day 900/1000:
Okay, now that the Metal Flake Remix show is out of the way, it’s time for…
… more dinosaurs. Spinosaurus:
(Another one I first saw in the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit.)
So I bought a new sketchbook recently, and started carrying it everywhere. When I’m in a new place I try to find some small object to sketch – nothing major, just kind of a visual souvenir.
Last weekend I paid a visit to a city I haven’t visited in a couple years, Victoria, B.C. Just needed a weekend away from Vancouver, and see some new faces and decompress. While I was there I saw this wooden rhino and had to draw him:
And yesterday I went to a fun little Sunday-brunch outing at one of my favourite restaurants, Cosca. Lots of cool visual details in the place, so I had lots of options to choose from. In the end I drew this lamp that reminded me of the restaurant’s symbol (an artichoke):
And after that I spotted this chandelier:
I definitely need to do more of this. Stay tuned.
May 21, 2012
Day three brings us the mighty Stegosaurus:
(Are Stegosauri mighty? I’m not even sure. I just know I’m lovin’ this project.)