The Sunday Night Sketchbook 04/01/15

Happy New Year! Oh shiii, we’ve passed a year since our very first Sunday Night Sketchbook! That sure is a thing. Anyway, I recently got my new Microsoft Surface Pro (which I’ll hopefully do a sort of review of later but spoiler: it is incredible) and I’ve been doodling, drawing and sketching like crazy in it for practice! So buckle up bubs for some Sunday Night Surface Sketchbook action! Enjoy!

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The shape I took from a picture of Ghost Rider, but the colouring is all me, and that makes me proud! Part of my “Why is OMGChad’s hair so red?” tumblr set!

My little cousin asked for a town on the back of a turtle. Next Terry Pratchett over here.

My little cousin asked for a town on the back of a turtle. Next Terry Pratchett over here.

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The Sunday Night Sketchbook 14/12/2140

We’re back! With another Sunday Night Sketchbook! It’s been a while since our last one, but I’ve done a few individual posts here and there about the bigger pieces I’ve done, and between that and university work, there’s not been many other drawings to show off! However this week I took part in WMC Season 12.5, which was a livestreamed minecraft tournament, and so I’ve been doing some sketches and posters for that. I’m going home tomorrow for Christmas and my new toy, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 should be waiting for me so hopefully I’ll be doing a lot more artwork once I have a more portable computer! Either way, enjoy this week’s edition!

WMC cast Wallpaper

First up- WMC! This is the wallpaper I did to advertise the WMC livestream I took part in, and I’m super pleased with it! I re-used a couple of assets from older drawings (poses etc), but I didn’t have time to add in some cool text that I was planning, so the pretty poor typography had to do. Still though, super happy with it!

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Juggling: It Takes Balls

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What is the earliest film to depict Juggling? Well if the Juggling Information Service’s frankly exhausting list of ‘films that depict juggling’ is anything to go by, the credit goes to two French documentaries from 1895 and 1896; Assiettes tournantes, which is “Reported to contain juggling” according to the JIS, and Jongleur javanais, which “Shows a juggler from Java”. Despite the rather retro geo-cities appearance of the JIS’s website, the 391 strong list has been updated almost every year and it goes to show the dedication and passion people still have to that skill of what the ancient Chinese called “throwing multiple objects up and down without dropping” (a pretty timeless description if you ask me). The history and depiction of juggling may stretch as far back to Egypt around 1994 BCE, according to what appears to be a wall painting of toss-juggling. From then on, it’s description and depictions pop up all over the world, from Ancient China around 800BC, to Greece 600 years later, and then the Roman Empire and even Ireland in the early ADs. Most interestingly however, is that juggling wasn’t the mere parlour trick we might see it as today- it seems in the past, juggling proficiency often spoke volumes of agility and prowess on the battlefield.

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Personalities In Space

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I’m calling it- probably the most exciting news this year was that of the Rosetta mission, which after 10 years of traveling managed to get the European Space Agencies Philae lander onto the surface of a comet hurtling through space at 84000 mile an hour. It’s really hard for me to actually conceptualize that happening, that somewhere millions of miles away, after billions of miles of traveling, a tiny wee metal box a bunch of shirt-wearing humans made is lying slightly precariously on cliff on a rock that is about the same size as a LEGO Deathstar if it was made to scale with the minifigs (now THERE’S a statistic I can get behind!).

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A Map of Mindcrack

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So, not “The Sunday Night Sketchbook“, but it’s some art, and it’s mine! I finished The Map of Mindcrack last night, which is a picture that started off as a wee joke before developing into a piece I was actually really pleased with. I only wish I had realised earlier how much I was going to develop it so I could have drawn it at a much higher resolution and with more detail! Live and you learn, I guess.

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NickjGraves? More like NickJaGoodGuy!

So the last time someone drew some artwork that featured lil’ ol me I of course posted it here because I was so gosh darn excited and privileged that someone had taken them out of their day to draw something for me. So you can imagine my excitement when today one of my favourite artists not only gave me a shout out but also a beautiful depiction of my 10/10 movie star face.

It truly is beauty and the beastly handsome (also me).

It truly is beauty and the beast-ly handsome (also me).

 

If you follow the link to his post, you can also see the amazing depictions he did of his favourite arty pals. I’m not exaggerating when I say Nick is one of my favourite artists around. His stuff is vibrant and unique, and he pumps out so much consistently good artwork that it’s a regular delight to see a new piece of his pop up on my twitter or tumblr feed. Thankfully, he’s not gone unnoticed as he’s celebrating a fantastic 600 followers over on his tumblr art blog (still not enough though- go follow him! Now!) and I hope his next milestone arrives as soon as possible. His idea to highlight other artists (I don’t think I really count but I’ll take the label “Proficient doodler”) was inspired by my 300 follower post, and it reminded me I really should refresh you guys with some of my favourite arty types and all round cool folks here, in case anyone missed them the first time…

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