Illustrations, Sketches, and Art Supply Reviews


  • Möbius+Ruppert Grenade Brass Bullet Review

    M+R Brass Bullet Handheld Pencil Sharpener Grenade Granite 0604

    I’ve really gotten into pencils lately. First I started playing around with different sized mechanical pencils and leads (0.5 mm, 0.7mm, and 0.9 mm of the Pentel Sharp line mostly), then to 2mm lead and lead holders, then re-discovering Prismacolor Col-Erase Colored Pencils, finally to just embracing the grand daddy of them all, the simple wood encased pencil. I blame this mostly on Caroline Weaver (no relation), the owner of CW Pencils in NYC, and the book she mentioned in her shop, The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski (who also just happens to be a professor at Duke University here in Durham, NC).

    I got a bit obsessed, and I’m just barely getting out of being obsessed. In future posts I’ll go over a few of the different brands of pencil I’ve been using, but the thing I’ve used the most (and kind of fine the most interesting) has been the Möbius+Ruppert Grenade (sometimes called “Granite”) Brass Bullet.

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  • Balloon Girl

    moms know best meme girl balloons

    This is a study, apparently from a meme. I just thought it looked pretty cool, awesome color palette. I wanna grab a whole set of colored pencils now, I’ve really been digging using them lately.

    Took a photo of this because my scanner is insanely awful for color, especially subtle color.

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  • Painting Study May 5th

    1800 painting study master portrait profile woman ink and screentone sketch

    Playing with different sized screentones here, as well as throwing a “core shadow” in there to help the transition between white and tone on the skin. Wally Wood did that a lot, I’ve been trying to workout how to do it in my own work.

    The face is pretty soft, and trying to render the hair with the braids was fun (that’s a challenge I would normally not take, hah).

    I’ve been looking into how I can use things like this to influence my work, or even as reference to make new, finished things. Lawd, new finished pieces! I can barely imagine.

    Side note, this is the closest I’ve felt to a LiveJournal feel in years. I’ve enjoyed this new website update where I’ve had to “post” everything (also, maybe might help with some SEO too, better than my last site with all the images just on one page, hah).

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  • I can quit

    man with shallow skull in profile smoking ink and screentone sketch

    Another little photo study in my sketchbook that I added screentones to for no reason. Trying to draw some different head shapes and facial features than I have been in my sketchbook (back to the Moleskine for this one too, btw).

    This has been the longest I’ve been smoke free since before I started (basically since last November, minus a dalliance or two). It’s still not really out of my head yet, which I wish it was. I think about smoking them on occasion still, but it normally helps when I smell one out any about and how gross it is.

    Also, I think about how it can kill you and that stops the thoughts too.

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  • Shelly Johnson

    shelly johnson from twin peaks sketch Mädchen Amick

    This sketch was based off a photo of Mädchen Amick in Twin Peaks. I’ve never actually finished Twin Peaks, and I wanna see the third season and that made for TV Movie.

    This was done in my LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal mainly with my Pentel Pigment Ink xfp5m brush pen, but I added some Prismacolor Col-Erase color since I barely used any white out. If I mess up and have to use white out you can’t really color it anymore.

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  • LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal Review

    LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal Front Cover with Paper Sleeve

    It’s time to try something different in the search for the perfect sketchbook. I want one that’s less a finished art piece, and more a combination of doodles and sketches and just playing with the media. More like a true sketchbook, really. My thoughts were if the paper was thinner, and there was more of it for the price, I’d get a little more out of it and be more willing to put whatever on the page. I’ve had a plain Plain Classic Moleskine Journal before a few times, and I kind of got this effect, so I thought I would try out the LEUCHTTURM1917 A5 Plain Journal.

    There is a LEUCHTTURM1917 Pen Loop attached, this is sold separately (more on that at the bottom of the review).

    It’s got 249 pages, which is 145 more pages than the sketchbook I have been using recently: the Moleskine Art Collection Sketchbook, Large. Assuming you can get each sketchbook for around $22 (that seems about my average at shops) you’re getting an extra sketchbook and a half of room in the LEUCHTTURM1917, right? Well, kinda.

    LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal Back Cover with Paper Sleeve

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  • Frankensteins Monster Head

    Frankenstiens Monster boris karloff Head Sketch with Deleter Screentones

    This sketch of Frank turned out really cool too, so I need to post it as well. Also has Deleter Screentones applied for the halftone effect. For sketches I use the little bits and bobs that I’ve already cut out for other illustrations, it’s about the only way I can allow myself to use them for just a sketch.

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  • Pizza Head

    Pizza Head Sketch with Deleter Screentones

    I only really doodled today. I’ve been having a lot of issues the past few years of finding the perfect sketchbook. I’ll go over it a little more in a post just about sketchbooks (I need to do a LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal overlook and probably a full Moleskine Large Sketchbook), but the gist is that I am very indecisive and flip back and forth a lot looking for the perfect one at the moment. It’s a terrible habbit.

    This fella turned out ok. He was on a page full of floating heads. I put some deleter screentone on him because why the fuck not you know?

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