Bedtime Drawing

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.

– Jason

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Vatican Drawing

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.)

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Late-night with a Pigma Micron 01 Pen

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.

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Another Ballpoint Pen Drawing

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.

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