Hey peeps! Thought I would do a wee post details the favourite artworks over the past year, just so I can
show off again show you guys some of my progress through the year and the (in my opion) best pieces to come out of that ol’ drawing pad attached to my internet machine. Either way, enjoy!
Forget digital, how’s about some real sketchbooks?! I’ve taken some photos of the sketchbooks I use day today, originally for a reddit thread on /r/notebooks (a good subreddit if you’re into notebooks by the way), but I figured I should also stick them up here! The REAL Sunday Night Sketchbook is coming back soon however, so don’t despair! Anyway, enjoy! You can also find more pictures of my notebooks at my instagram account if this wee photoset doesn’t appease your hunger for all things hand-drawn!
So many Moleskines! I swear I diversify! I don’t often buy them anymore, It’s just when people gift me notebooks it’s usually moleskines because they are a pretty recognizable ‘Quality’ brand. These are the books I have started and finished since last year, I have about a dozen more at home. Top left are two stacked Moleskine notebooks. One a sketchbook and one a lined journal, I finished them years ago but I took them from home for reference (and safe keeping!). Top middle is my diary, left is mt stationary box. In the centre is my current sketchbook, as well as the field notes I keep in my pocket for notes. Bottom right is a small notebook I use for drawing cityscapes
A lot of gibberish. Top book is the sketchbook I used when doing radio interviews, as you can see I often let my mind wander. My stationary box is an old cigar case that I used to keep watches and clockwork stuff in. My favourite pens to use are Staedtler .3 &.005s, mainly a holdover from when I used to do a lot of technical & graph comm drawing. They probably aren’t the best writing or artist pens, but I love them. You can see an example of the cityscapes in my wee moleskine below it.
This is what I carry in my bag when traveling or just day to day use. The fieldnotes are by my side 24 hours a day, and they tend to get a bit bashed, torn and, if I’m outdoors working or on the boat, wet. I usually go through one every month. Brilliant books though, the paper is thick enough for even fountain pens so you don’t have to be too careful with them. I’d recommend ducktaping the spine and edges as soon as you use them though if you do a lot of outdoorsy stuff like I do
Hey hey! Figure I’ll stick up a few pictures from my past few years, just as a way to show off the development of my artwork and so I can keep track of them myself! Just nitpicking certain pieces I’ve done, both freehand and computer work. I’ll try and post them now and then when I have some spare time!
Without much further ado, let’s gooooooo!
“Alexis”. The last thing big A2 piece I’ve done. I made it for the birthday of my cousin back in 2012 (albeit 3-4 months late!) and it’s a combination of a famous Mucha girl and some of my own designs. Pretty proud of it- I just wish I had a better picture of it!
“Runnyunder Jazz Festival”. This was the very first artwork I ever did in photoshop! It’s from around 2009/10 when I finally got access to Photoshop on my high school computer. As you can see, I’ve hardly improved!
“Green Godzilla”. A pen and ink piece on A4 paper that I actually sold on Etsy back in 2009/10. I think it’s somewhere in America now. If someone ever comes across it, tell me!
Untitled sketch. This, along with the “Godzilla” sketch were part of a big series of “City Spaces” I drew, but many of them I forgot to take photos of/gave away. I need to track them down! Some of my favourite work. I really want to return to the idea later.
I don’t even really know what this was for. My dream house, maybe?
“Nothing in particular”. The first logo I ever did with my sketchpad back in 2011. Turned out pretty well. It was for a podcast that I made (and still have… unreleased!)
And a drawing of a horse. Pretty sure I traced/stole the idea from somewhere. The shading is all me though!