While I don’t fancy myself a children’s book illustrator, sometimes kids say things that beg to be drawn. While helping put a friend’s kid to sleep, we told him that we had to tuck him in extra tight because it was very cold outside. He suggested that we should cover him with blankets that reach up to the roof. The notion was so cool that this image popped into my head and I had to scrawl it into my sketchbook as soon as possible. When faced with a creative block, talk to young kids; they’ve got some pretty interesting things to say that can spark some interesting thinking!
I’ll be posting infrequently until the end of December, returning to regular posting in January – too many birthdays, holiday parties, and things of the sort to work around. I do want to take a moment to thank all of the followers on this blog – all 200 of you! – for taking the time to click onto Sketchbook Warrior. I’m usually updating this blog very late at night during the 25th hour of the day, so I definitely appreciate the time you take to visit my blog, look around, comment, or simply click Like. Sketching and illustration is a big part of my life, so when I get the time for a WordPress session, I truly look forward to checking out all of the awesomeness in my reader and interacting with all of you.
Here’s a drawing I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but with a family, work, household, laundry, laundry, and more laundry, my life sometimes moves at the speed of a tar pit. Recently, though, I freed up some time to catch up on art projects, including this drawing.
A few months ago, I watched along with the rest of the world at the sight of the Vatican rooftop, waiting for the billowing black smoke to turn white and announce the selection of a new Pope. While not a Catholic, I found this fascinating because in the social media age of instant status updates, waiting around for black smoke (no new Pope) to turn white (new Pope) was a nice throwback to time-honored rituals that transcend technology, and because it was so unique, it also made for memorable visuals that I just had to draw (note: since I’m not Catholic nor Catholic-knowledgable, I’m not sure what the sensitivity levels are on this, so if this is in any way offensive to Catholics, please let me know.)
Here’s a picture of a drawing I’m working on, and pen I’m doing it with. It’s a Pigma Micron 01, and I’m using it because not only it’s permanent ink, but because my yet-another Pigma Micron 05 has dried-out on me (which was yet-another Pigma Micron 05 pen to become detached from it’s cap accidentally for an extended period of time).
Oh well, it’s late, quiet, and peaceful, so I’m gonna scrawl away at this exercise in hand-lettering and illustration with my teeny tiny little black point.
I had some time to kill, so I hung out at a Starbucks to have some coffee and scrawl around in my sketchbook. Not really having anything in mind to draw, I just drew my coffee, and added on to it. I may or may not develop this drawing, but is was quite some fun to do.
Here is the second drawing I did with my BiC 4-color ballpoint pen. Like the previous drawing, this was also done into a 5×8 sketchbook, this time based on a more-developed pencil drawing. And like the previous drawing, I’ve again gone the route of pro wrestling, only this time inspired by “The Crusher”, song about a wrestler by The Ramones.
Here’s another drawing I did with the BiC 4-color ballpoint pen. As with the previous drawing, I stayed on the wrestling theme, this time influences by The Ramones’ wrestling-inspired song “The Crusher”. This is a quick picture of the final piece, and I’ll post a nicer, scanned version of the illustration when I get a chance.
Here is a drawing of a pro wrestler I did with my new BiC four-color ballpoint pen. While not exactly a precision drawing instrument like a Sakura Pigma, it’s instead a rather unique and quirky little pen that none the less demands a bit of thought into technique and creativity.
And why, yes: this wrestler is somewhere between The Big Show and King Kong Bundy!
At the end of a crazy and involved weekend, I allowed myself an hour late last night to start inking in a drawing with my new BiC four-color ballpoint pen. Here’s the progress so far:
Here are the preliminary pencil lines for a small drawing that I plan to render with my new four-color BiC ballpoint pen. And yes; that is a pro wrestler, since we all know that, besides pro cycling, pro wrestling is the world’s greatest best sport ever!
For some reason, I had the “This is my rifle…” line from Full Metal Jacket stuck in my head, which inspired me to do this little drawing.