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’s a little drawing from 2010, which combined my love of all things Israeli and all things punk rock. After checking out the daily news from Israel, I plugged into one of my punk rock stations on Pandora, and on came one of the most classic of American hardcore punk bands. The band’s logo, along with my daily briefing of Israeli affairs, ultimately sparked this logo. Let’s see if you can figure out whom the band was…
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.
“Hey, Alicia; what should I draw?”
“Draw somebody who drinks A LOT of coffee!”
And so I did. Alicia is an absolutely brilliant writer; you should check out her book on the history of New York’s Diamond District. We were hanging out at the same cafe back in 2009, when I did this drawing. Alicia has a wonderfully sharp and detailed, yet prosaic writing style, so for her, I had to have fun with the creative license on this little drawing. So yeah; we do drink a lot of coffee, and when you drink a lot of coffee, then you eventually feel it sharply inside of you, subsequently needing the restroom, hence, the yellow area in the drawing (ewww…gross!)
Two more pages from my “Ugly Sketchbook”, a cheap 3″x5″ cheap scratchpad used to quickly capture or doodle just about anything. These two pages were inspired by some of the interesting people I see while making the long walk from the Metro station to my office here in Washington, DC. The top image was a hipster I saw longboarding along the street, while the second image was inspired by some guy I spotted sitting outside at a cafe, seemingly relying on his coffee for more than just an alertly-awake state.
“Hey Racheal, what should I draw?”
“I dunno…an angry person?”
So I drew an angry person, which wasn’t too hard to do back in 2009, when the economy crashed, crumbled, and disappeared from underneath us. And being amongst the ranks of the suddenly unemployed, perhaps this was also a bit of a self-portrait at the time, or maybe just at least a way to experiment with markers.
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.
I drew this in 2009, basically just having fun with all of the poor souls whom I see running during my bike rides. They may feign some sort of enjoyment of running, but their exude such a sense of suffering. I feel bad for them, and wish that I could just buy them all bicycles to alleviate their workout miseries.