Category Archives: It Came From the Sketchbook

Alien Knockoffs

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A Chilly Banana

I was looking around the old flat file cabinet in my studio when I came across this illustration that I barely remember doing. I’m not sure of exactly when I did it or what it was for. It was back before … Continue reading

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The Other Half

Back in 2017, I had what I thought was a pretty good idea for replicating the size and shape of my beloved Sketchbook from Heaven by cleaving a 9-inch by 12-inch drawing pad into two 9-inch by 6-inch pads. It … Continue reading

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Heaven on $5 a day?

Ever since my wife picked up a cheap, wire-bound, scratch pad from a Target store for me as a Christmas gift, I now take cheap sketchbooks seriously. Throughout the years I may have bought every name brand of artist drawing … Continue reading

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Loup Garou

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Countess Dracula

Erzsébet Báthory (1560-1614) was a real life Hungarian noblewoman and purported serial killer who may have engaged in vampiric activity. Her victims were female servants and minor noblewomen who had come to her for training and education. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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An Italian Sketchbook and Some Familiar Faces

I finished off a nice little sketchbook that Tony Visco picked up for me when he was in Florence a couple years ago.

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Sofa Sketches and an Obscure Remake

I’ve been sitting on the sofa with a sketchbook in my lap trying out some of my new art materials and playing around with a few I forgot I had. I should be up at my desk in my studio, … Continue reading

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Coming Soon to My Sketchbook

This is my latest acquisition. It is a cake of water soluble graphite that I will be using in conjunction with standard graphite and other water soluble pencils. The results are like ink washes, and I’ve been having a blast … Continue reading

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Jerry’s Artarama Haul

I recently received my first order from Jerry’s Artarama, and I have to admit that I ordered because the store’s name had “arama” in it’s title. I’m glad that I did. Their website is easy to use, and their prices … Continue reading

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A Pretty Good Little Sketchbook

Tina snagged this 5.5 inch by 8.5 inch Canson XL Mixed Media sketchbook from a big box store to hopefully replace my beloved Sketchbook from Heaven. It wasn’t quite the replacement for that cheap but inexplicably magical doodle pad, but … Continue reading

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Doodle Tuesday: 2mm Red Lead and Trash Video

  When I sit on the couch and doodle in my sketchbooks, I like to have noise in the background. I usually find some episodic television show, old movie or trash that doesn’t require my strict attention. Trash is the … Continue reading

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Doodle Tuesday

Just lately it seems that I’m hitting the old sketchbooks a lot harder than I have been, and I am having fun while I’m at it. Fortunately for me, this spate of activity is not tied to a single sketchbook … Continue reading

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DO NOT DOUBLE STACK

Another sketchbook laid to rest. This was a Canson XL Mixed Media sketch pad that I started back on Valentine’s Day in 2015 and finished up yesterday. I rotate through about half a dozen sketchbooks ignoring some while favoring others. … Continue reading

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