Friday, March 11, 2011

From the Sketchbook

This isn't something that happens often, but I'm going to open up the sketchbook. In part, it doesn't happen very often because I just don't have the opportunity to work in my sketchbook on a regular basis. I'll be honest: I miss is sometimes. Digital illustration is phenomenal and I wouldn't trade it. But there's still something really exciting about working on paper.

The other reason I don't usually let people peer inside the sketchbook is because I'm a complete and utter perfectionist. It's a battle I've been losing for a long time. I like to work at a drawing until I'm completely satisfied in every way possible. And if a drawing doesn't reach that stage, I pretend it doesn't exist. But, like the one guy in the elevator with you or the guy at the urinal next to you, however much you pretend he's not there, there's still the awkward acknowledgment of his presence and attempt to ignore.

Well, I have deemed these sketches worthy of display. One is based on the H.G. Wells story "The Island of Dr. Moreau", which I recently re-read. The other is just a cartoony sketch of a logger. One of the details that I have yet to figure out digitally is how to give my drawings the sense of energy and life they have on paper. Maybe this comes from the fact you can see sketch lines and erase lines. Whatever the case, for me there's something very appealing about this format.


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