Here’s the progress of an imagined industrial cityscape drawing that I’ve been working on in my spare time. Of course, as a family guy, working stiff, erstwhile cyclist, and somebody whom does a whole lot of laundry and housework, my spare time usually translates to something like “maybe I’ll have an hour this week…” This drawing is taking shape in a 5″ x 8″ sketchbook, and will be done…well…eventually.
Here are some progress shots of a drawing I’m working on; an industrial area/cityscape in a 5″ x 8″ sketchbook. There are no photo references for this drawing; everything is out of my head, and based on different industrial scenes from the Washington, DC region. It’s a little-by-little project, slow going indeed, but a fun and challenging project none the less.
This is my one post for the week, as I’ll be busy exploring this “going to sleep early” thing I keep hearing about. In the meantime, welcome to all of the new followers here on Sketchbook Warrior, and thank you everybody for taking the time to check out my work, comment and/or liking the posts, and making me part of your online communities.
Aside from pro cycling, pro wrestling is the best sport in the world. I’ve been a big fan of pro wrestling my whole life, and make no apologies about that (I watch WWE Monday Night Raw quite often, though in my heart, it will always be the WWF!). When I picked up a BiC 4-color ballpoint pen on to use as an experimental drawing tool, I knew that it was created to draw pro wrestling, as seen below (I also have similar drawings here on my Behance site; scroll to the bottom of the gallery to see the wrestling drawings).
Here’s a drawing done recently at our DC Drink ‘n Draw Meetup group. The evening’s theme was “When Hipster Zombies Attack”, which was relatively easy to do since Washington, DC has its fair share of hipsters, and as both a hardcore cyclist and punk rock aficionado myself – though not a hipster! – I had to work both of those into the theme (hence the mention of DC hardcore legends Minor Threat). While I may be a slow methodical perfectionist, this drawing was done in about two hours. I was planning on inking it in, but I found myself simply having too much fun with the pencil. DC Drink ‘n Draw is a great group of artists, and a great group of people; we meet at various bars around the city and enjoy good beer and banter while working away into our sketchbooks – a creative oasis in the middle of a city saturated in politics, business, and general legalese.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody; see you all next week, and if you get too fat from eating turkey, go ride a bike to burn off the weight.
Whenever you’re in a creative rut, just engage a six year old in conversation. We were at a friend’s house for lunch, and one of the kids was playing on the host’s exercise equipment. We told the child that he would have really big muscles from playing around as he was, to which he replied “so big, that they’ll reach to the sky!” How could I not draw that! The thought manifested itself as some old-timey Coney Island boardwalk muscleman, and the details just grew as I sketched out the concept. Here’s the pencil comp, and the final sketchbook drawing, which I used as practice in drawing without black outlines.
As I slowly get back into blogging, here’s another look at what I’m working on, while sitting at one of the many Ethiopian cafés in the DC area (damn good coffee!). On the left is a new pro wrestling-themed drawing done with a 4-color BiC ballpoint pen – and yes; aside from pro cycling, pro wrestling is the greatest sport ever. To the right is an out-of-my head building, inspired by some of the different buildings that I’ve actually sketched here in DC. I have a little series of these going on; simple linear affairs on a singular plane of color to best match the feel of the structure.
“What happened to that Sketchbook Warrior guy? He hasn’t posted in, like, forever!”
Right you are; the year got off to a busy start with client projects. Then it got even busier with non-client projects (home, family, cycling, summer). Still, I’ve kept the pens and pencils moving, and the pages of the sketchbooks filling up. And now, as the cold, dark days of autumn and winter descend upon us, I plan to get back to more posting, and checking out the awesomeness that you all offer up on the WordPress reader.
In the meantime, here’s a sample of what I’ve been working on, which is taking shape in a 5″x8″, and about to get inked
Here is the final scan of a drawing I just completed in a 5″ x 8″ sketchbook. After spending a year sketching buildings in the West End neighborhood of Washington, DC, I found myself increasingly doodling small buildings while on the phone or waiting for large files to save. These little doodles led to small compositions of little buildings, and soon I was increasingly drawing little imaginary cityscapes. Eventually, I decided to produce a larger, polished version of one of these cityscapes. The initial layout was penciled at home, then refined and inked at various Meetup drawing groups in the city, as well as during occasional coffee breaks at cafés all over the DC area.
I’m addicted to my iPhone, and it’s not good; zoned into my iPhone, I’ve almost missed my stops on the Metro, found myself going to bed and fumbling around with the iPhone before realizing that it was two in the morning, and more than once found myself tuning out family and friends to check and recheck and re-recheck Facebook, email, Facebook, cycling, Behance, Facebook, WordPress, and Facebook. I’ve come to accept my addiction, and to better understand my condition, I drew a picture about it in my 5″ x 8″ sketchbook. Below is the final drawing, as well as some shots (taken with my iPhone) of the drawing’s progress.