Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Today's Sketchings

Well, it's been another long stretch of silence on my poor blog. By the end of this month or early in August, if all goes well, I hope to be launching my new illustration series that's been in development for many months now. In the meantime, I'll be updating more frequently with my least favorite thing in the world to share: raw sketchbook pages. Ick.

Sketchbook 7.18.12

This one is from today. It's a very typical example of what most of my sketchbook pages look like - loosely related thoughts scratched out between stretches of more focused work on other projects. I've always preferred to only share work that's more developed and refined, both technically and conceptually. Now that I've been away from college for some time, I realize that I'm not receiving the kind of critical feedback in the early stages of ideas that can be quite helpful. So I suppose it isn't a completely terrible idea to share some uncensored sketches here...but it still makes me cringe.

Dinosaurs and weather are no strangers to my sketchbooks, but Sputnik suddenly seems to be making a lot of appearances. Interesting.


  1. Thanks for sharing! We work with our sketchbooks in similar ways. I'm also averse to opening the early stages of a project to critique - I feel like I want to constantly say "it won't look like that in the final!" But you've got nothing to worry about, and this builds a nice suspense for us. So keep it up.

  2. Thank you, David! I think many fellow artists/designers (and thoughtful non-artists as well) often have startlingly accurate insight into what's going on in even very rough sketches - they can intuitively sense the gears turning something and see potential and possibilities for how the ideas might translate into future finished works, more so than I myself can see in my own scrawlings at times. For some that don't seem to understand the process though, the critiques get unhelpfully nitpicky. It's for those comments that I'm hesitant to share sketchbooks. Yes, as should be obvious: it's far from being any kind of final piece!