Wednesday, January 23, 2013
FOR SALE: Sketchbookery Volume 1
48 PAGES OF THINGS AND SUCH. ON SALE NOW!
I draw a lot of silly things. Silly things that aren't really tied to any project or any one idea. If you're like me, after a while you end up with a stack of silly drawings that get stuffed into a drawer and never get seen again.
I have lots of silly drawings that just lay around collecting Cheetos dust.
I try and post images on Instagram and Twitter but other than that, these drawings don't exist anywhere else. SO, I decided to gather up some of the better drawings from the past year or so, and put them into a book.
Drawing monsters is fun. You can't screw up a monster drawing.
This book won't have any kind of a narrative or storytelling. I'm certainly interested in doing books like that, but never having produced a real book before I felt I needed to start with a much smaller production, just to get the ball rolling. Gotta crawl before you can kickbox a panda bear.
I draw myself a lot. It's an ego thing, but making fun of myself is my favorite thing to do.
I spent some time going through my archives (a pile of papers in the corner with a dirty sock mixed in) and selected drawings that I really liked, scanned them, and edited them together with other drawings that I felt worked well together.
I decided to work in black and white because that helped to add consistency to the entire book. Plus, some drawings were done on different colors of paper, and I wanted everything to appear on the same background. I did leave most of the drawings in their original state, that is to say, they are drawings and not finished art. There are smudges and poorly drawn areas that were erased and other imperfections... but it's a sketchbook, so it's cool. Right?
I like drawing in red and black. Red for thinking lines. Black for finishing lines.
Occasionally, I'm asked why I draw in black and red, and what kind of pencils I use. I am not some pencil connoisseur. I just draw with what I like to draw with. I draw with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I also use standard bristol paper for most drawings. Basic stuff to be honest.
The reason I use red lines and black lines is that red lines, for me, mean exploration. Ever done a drawing that you know you made a mistake in, but hate to erase the line, because it's so final? Well, drawing in red lines helps me avoid that mental mistake. A red line is not final and therefore can be changed again and again. Once I'm done drawing in red, I go back with black and clean things up. The result is a really warm drawing that I find appealing. So, that's why I use red and black pencils.
Shot of some of the book dummies I made. Dummies makin' dummies, yo!
NOW, GOING BACK TO THE BOOK...
Sketchbookery Volume 1 is a collection of silly drawings, doodles and other nonsense that are found in my sketchbooks, scraps of paper, and what have you. Over 100 original pieces of original art that will make you question my professionalism. The book is 48 pages long, just long enough to enjoy a cup of coffee over. Trust me. I timed it.
Below are some examples of Sketchbookery pages:
The book measures 8.5 x 5.5 folded, and is jam-packed with as many drawings as I could fit. More drawings equals a better book, right? Sigh. ANYWAY...
Sketchbookery Volume 1 is now on sale. I hope you'll enjoy it and I appreciate you reading this post! I mean, seriously, aren't you impressed that I could talk up a lame sketchbook? Indeed!