Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hey, wanna look at my sketchbook? (Possibly NSFW)

I've been sketching more than journaling lately, although there's really no clear definition between my sketchbooks and journals. I write in my sketchbooks sometimes, and draw in my journals sometimes, too. I guess the main difference is that the sketchbook is anything-goes territory. I feel no need to make my pages cohesive or worry about the composition. I'm just recording bits of life and thoughts and such.

 This is a Strathmore Visual journal with mixed media paper. I always use these sketchbooks, but I usually go with the watercolor paper or the bristol board. Mixed media paper bleeds like a mofo with solvent-based markers, FYI.

 Lots of bleeding happened here. I attempted to make my sketches clearer with thick layers of opaque colored pencils and lots of black ink.

 I like the way I've been drawing my fellow lately, but I still have a tendency to make myself look different in every doodle.

 I remember a time where I could sit in public and draw people and they would be doing things other than looking at their phones.

 I made Josh crazy-eyed. Sorry, honey.

 Note to self: Never leave your sketchbook open in your purse next to an icy cold beverage or else your hilarious Clitorious BIG drawing will bleed. Either that, or use permanent ink.

 Have you noticed tally marks on several pages? We play a lot of 20 questions while I draw.

 That circle...I drew it freehand. LIKE A BOSS.

 This is an illustration of a dream that Josh had. He said he looked like Channing Tatum in the dream, but I like my interpretation better.

 Wow, this page photographed poorly.

 Terrible doodle page that I really didn't want to include, but then did to make other artists feel better about their own terrible doodle pages. You're welcome.

 Drawing from the TV. I do that sometimes. I was watching "One Big Happy", which you should watch too, because it's created by Liz Feldman, who is a really friggin funny lady.

 Butt.

Hey look, another terrible doodle page. And this commences the sharing for the day.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Journal: Thrill Ride, part 1

March's journal is titled "Thrill Ride". I'm working on developing an overall style for each new journal, so this one features carnival and circus themes, yellow as the main color, and inspiration from artists such as Roger Ballen and Shantell Martin.

 On the right is a postcard of my Harlequin painting.



 I'm loving using photos as my backgrounds lately.





 This background on the right is hand- drawn with one of the fattest Sharpie paint makers. I highly suggest owning a handful of these. They're so useful.










 On the left are designs for the front and back of a t-shirt commission.



 The corner designs on the right are snagged straight from a pack of Camels. I snapped a pic of the design and traced it in my cutting machine's software.


 On the left you can see I've busted out my alcohol inks recently. I forgot how much I love the effects.




Saturday, February 28, 2015

2nd February Journal: Waking Dream

Here are some selected pages from my second journal of the month of February, Titled "Waking Dream". I've included detail shots this time around.

 Cover. Gelli print, spray inks, acrylic paint, cutouts, paint marker...all of the messy things.


 I really wish I had the time to do this much layering on all of my pages.


 These bleeding heart flower cutouts are inspired by the movie Coraline. Real ones aren't quite as intricate, although they're still really awesome flowers.

 On the right here is one of WAY TOO MANY bee prints that I made on the gelli plate with a hand-cut mask. I don't know what I thought I'd do with all those bees. So, I've been sort of abstract-ifying them, like what I did here by partially covering it in gesso.



 These bird cutouts are painted with silver spray paint. In person they almost look like real metal.


 This tag is Marisa Lerin.

This is my favorite spread in this journal. It's inspired by Beach House's "Heart of Chambers" video.

 My cutter messed up a wee bit on the shopping cart.

 I am desperately trying to be OK with adding things in non-chronological order in my journal. It only makes my OCD twitch a little *chews the wall*.

 The tiniest little park bench.

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 The horse image here is a painting by Jennifer Davis, and quite possibly the next print that I'll be buying from her.

 Yep, I have both failure and success on my list of things that scare me. Rock. Me. Hard place.



The end. See ya in a week or so with my next journal, "Thrill Ride".
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