Category Archives: sketchbook

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calendar sketch


calendar sketch
pen – pilot p-500

A quick little doodle while waiting for our meeting to start.

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alien mech sketch – first encounter


alien mech sketch
digital pencil – autodesk sketchbook pro

His first encounter with the alien mech.

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landscape sketch – digital pencils


landscape sketch
digital pencils

Based on last weeks thumbnail sketches, this is my first landscape sketch using 2b and 6b pencils in corel painter.

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landscape thumbnails


landscape thumbnails sketch
pen on textured paper

Landscape thumbnail studies. Next step… digital painting. (Totally inspired by Marco Bucci’s iTouch paintings!)

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pen sketches – afghan farmer and jack black


afghan farmer
Afghan Farmer sketch 1
pen – pilot p-500

afghan farmer
Afghan Farmer sketch 2
pen – pilot p-500

jack black
Jack Black sketch (unintentionally channeling Stanley Kubrick)
pen – pilot p-500

I’ve been trying to do more sketching these days. Tonight I wanted to focus on my lines and flow. It’s a continuous struggle. I found the farmer in a local newspaper article and Jack Black in Rolling Stone magazine.

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japanese crane sketches


japanese crane sketch
pen – Uchida’s Le Pen – .3mm

japanese crane sketch
pen – Uchida’s Le Pen – .3mm

I finally found my Le Pen! These sketches were done on office note pads while on the phone discussing web edits with the 4th floor engineers. I guess you can say I have had cranes on my mind lately.

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obama the savior

Barack Obama the Savior
sketchbook quickie – 10 minutes
Barack Obama the Savior sketch
derwent graphite – 2b only

ab·er·rant sketchbook

George Carlin: Gone But Not Forgotten

George Carlin Sketch 01
George Carlin Sketch 02
George Carlin Sketch 03
pencils – derwent graphic 6b

It has been one week since George Carlin’s passing at age 71.

My memory of George Carlin extends back to the early 80′s when I saw him on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He did this one joke on driving:

Q: “At a traffic light, if red means stop and green means go, what does yellow mean?”
A: “Come on, you can make it!”

That was tame compared to his usual fare. But it showed me at an early age that observing human behavior and joking about it can be funny as hell.

The news of his death has been interesting to say the least.

Two of the better write ups I came across were in Time Magazine: “How George Carlin Changed Comedy” and The New York Times: “George Carlin, Comic Who Chafed at Society and Its Constraints, Dies at 71″.

I feel fortunate to have seen him live just as he was turning extremely cynical and some might argue very angry. He reminded me a lot of Friedrich Nietzsche. Many confuse their bitterness as something negative. Humans find it hard to accept truths about themselves, no matter how ugly it can be.

But as much as I wish I could have seen him live one last time, I am glad he has left us with so many recorded performances. I am especially looking forward to watching the award ceremony this fall on PBS The 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: A Tribute to George Carlin.

The master is gone, but he will not be forgotten.

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mini thor

mini thor
pencil – derwent graphic 4b

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cyber cowboy

cyber cowboy
pencils – Derwent Graphic 2b,4b 6b and Faber-Castell Aquarelle

Westworld’s Revenge

ab·er·rant sketchbook

blackened crab: destination, bay area

blackened crab san francisco bay area oil spill
pen: pilot P-500 extra fine and colored pencils: prismacolor

It’s been just over two weeks since the 65,000-ton cargo ship Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge and spilled 60,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean.

At least 2,700 birds have been found dead from direct contact with the oil. Talk of lawsuits have been discussed. This mess could cost local taxpayers more than $200 million. The local fisherman have decided to postpone the start of crab season till the first week of December.

Just recently, it was reported that “nearly 100,000 pounds of live Dungeness crab apparently caught by Oregon fishermen near the Farallones are headed to Bay Area seafood wholesalers for distribution to consumers – a major blow to local commercial fishermen.” (SFgate.com – Nov. 21, 2007)

I love crab. But I cannot help thinking that any wildlife in the area will be affected by this ecological disaster in one way or another. Are these crabs edible? Who knows. I know I won’t be eating any.

UPDATE 11.30.2007 – State lifts ban on fishing, crabbing after S.F. Bay oil spill (sfgate.com) … Enjoy your crab!

The thing that really upsets me are that globs of black goo still floating around my favorite San Francisco spot, Baker Beach. I sketched the illustration above from a perspective usually seen from Baker Beach towards the Golden Gate. (The oil dripping crab boat may been seen in the near future.) When I lived out there, I would hear fog horns and see cargo ships in the distance. Little did I know one of those monstrosities would cause such damage.

Thanks for nothing Cosco Busan.

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alternative fuel vehicle

alternative fuel vehicle
pen: pilot P-500 extra fine and markers: prismacolors cool greys

An alternative fuel vehicle for the San Francisco gas consumers suffering $3.50+ a gallon.

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captain starkist

captain starkist
pencils – Derwent Graphic 2b,4b 6b and Faber-Castell Aquarelle
illustrationfriday.com

ab·er·rant sketchbook

feeling bearish

bearish beating bullish
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 6b, 4b, 2b
Feeling Bearish
Following Wall Street today can be as stressful as following the news coming out of Washington DC. With the talk of a “housing bubble” bursting at the seams, the thought of a correction to an inflated market sounds enticing. To a hesitant bear living in the Bay Area California, I have witnessed the exponential rise of fake equity the last five years. I feel a bit of resolve having been sitting on the sidelines watching this slow moving train wreck just now starting to unfold.

I also feel sorry for those families who got duped and swindled into signing those creative loans. I hope they find some kind of resolve. As for the speculators and flippers, shame on them for trying to make a quick buck. The greedy are going to get their comeuppance, just you wait and see.

bear bull study sketch
bear study
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 4b

initial bear study sketch
initial bear study
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 4b

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figure studies

charcoal
charcoal back

pencils – sanguine and white on seashell flecked paper
charcoal back

charcoal
charcoal back

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saving the suit

saving the suit

digital – corel painter and adobe photoshop
Topic: Suit – illustrationfriday.com

Running late for his job interview, Mr. Slowski took the expressway through underground utility pipes. While saving his suit from water, a fellow commuter decided to hitch a ride.

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gaining a higher perspective

Epic Battle

pen: pilot P-500 and markers: prismacolors cool greys
Epic Battle concept – original post: March 2006

Almost two months of crazy work deadlines and recouping by traveling to the East Coast to visit family and friends, is to me, time well spent.

After attending my college roommate’s wedding in Jersey, chowing down on cheese steaks in South Philly with a grade school buddy, and tending to some family health issues in Virginia, my sketchbook is now tapping me on the shoulder.

My pencils haven’t seen much action lately, although the wheels in my head have been constantly spinning with ideas. Now to bring them to fruition.

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polar freeze

polar freeze illustration friday
digital – adobe illustrator

bablings sketchbook

virginia tech mourns

virginia tech logo black
vector illustration – adobe illustrator

As a Virginia Tech alumnus (1997), I offer my condolences to those that are most affected by this tragedy; current students, family and friends of the injured and deceased. As the flurry of media swarms on this story (I have been contacted personally by local Bay Area California media) I truly hope there will be a resolve towards peace and understanding in this world. This violence needs to stop.

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this ole man loves trane

John Coltrane gouache painting

traditional – gouache on canvas – 8″ x 8″ – value study
There is nothing like a little John Coltrane to celebrate 34 years on this earth.

The recordings of the mid 50′s to early 60′s are my favorite. It’s funny how a simple ballad can transport me to another world, hypnotizing me to a state of utter bliss.

While most of my peers love the modern music coming from their satellite transmitters and cell phones, I feel like a relic who would rather dust off a classic LP and absorb the crackling of the needle into vinyl grooves.

My birthday playlist:

  1. In A Sentimental Mood / Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
  2. My Little Brown Book / Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
  3. The Feeling Of Jazz / Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
  4. Blues To Bechet / Coltrane Plays The Blues
  5. Nancy (With The Laughing Face) / The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane
  6. Mr. Syms / Coltrane Plays The Blues
  7. My Favorite Things / My Favorite Things
  8. Everytime We Say Goodbye / My Favorite Things
  9. Blue in Green / Kind of Blue
  10. My One And Only Love / The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane
  11. When I Fall In Love / Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet
  12. Blue Train / Blue Train
  13. I’m Old Fashioned / Blue Train
  14. Soul Eyes / The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane
  15. Lush Life / The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane
  16. Dear Lord / The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane
  17. Take Five / Cool: Dave Brubeck
  18. Flamenco Sketches / Kind of Blue

I encourage you to come along with me and dive into these recordings. You will not regret it.

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tribal

tribal sketch
pencil – derwent graphic 4b; digital color – photoshop

bablings sketchbook

Words this time… with a twist

marionette - twisted
this is about right… feelin’ somewhat twisted (March 2006)

  • About writing and expressing thoughts
    After some feeble attempts to write personal thoughts on this blog, I have realized from the beginning that I am not a writer.

    There are so many authors of blogs who can artfully place words together containing wonderful structure, grammar and most of all, logical sense. This is not one of them. I stopped trying to pontificate my thoughts through the written form and focus more on expressing in a way I have always done since I was a kid: attempting to draw.

As with life, so many unexpected tragedies fall upon all of us. This is one of those times.

So my goal to post drawings at least once a week has stopped… until the latest speed bump is cautiously passed over.

Once the very faint light in the distance becomes clearer and in focus, I am hoping the artwork will once again flow.

I will be taking a quick flight to Virginia to check up on things… maybe this trek will relieve my anxiety.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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alien – sprout finale

alien sprout finale
graphite – Faber-Castell Grip 2001 2b / Aquarelle

finale

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alien – sprout part 3

alien sprout 3
graphite – Faber-Castell Grip 2001 2b / Aquarelle

part 3 – the surprise turns to disbelief…

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alien – sprout part 2

alien sprout 2
graphite – Faber-Castell Grip 2001 2b / Aquarelle

part 2 – the distraction turns to surprise…