How I use my new sketchbook differently

General / 05 January 2021

So much ready, very ready. I started my new sketchbook with a different approach. I was looking forward to this since December when I finished filling up my previous sketchbook. I decided that this time I would do it differently.

So far I was using my sketchbooks to get down some ideas, do some studies and sometimes I would write some notes. I used it in a very practical way and that's it.
No more, I say. Nope. Let me explain...

I am a fan of journaling for mental health, keeping track and having things organized, I started doing that a few years ago.
Now I discovered art journaling. From what I saw other people doing the idea is journaling in a more creative and visual way, it still has a lot of text in the samples that I saw (well, compared to a sketchbook I guess) and one doesn't need to be an artist at all to do so. It's more like an outlet and visualizing what is on your mind in a more subconcious way, it's more about feelings than about techique or getting something awesome done.

I do want and need my sketchbook but over the years I found myself loosing the aspect in art in which I would just draw what ever I want, how ever I want, just for the sake of doing it. Without a particular goal in mind but instead just giving myself space and freedom.
So I decided to do something that is in between a sketchbook and a journal. I'm not using many words in it, it's a place for drawing. But I started gluing pieces of (news)paper and postcards and stuff that I found in. I often get ideas or inspiration from there and start drawing on top of that.
I'm also trying to use it every day and see it as a diary where I put my thoughts into.

So far I gotta say that I'm really enjoying this journey. It gives me a similar feeling to what I had when I was a child, not worrying what I'm drawing, why, because it was only for myself.

Grand Space Opera: Light Age #5 - IT'S FINALIZED!

General / 21 December 2020

I made it, I'm so happy! :D
Three hours before the end I finalized my submission. I promised myself that after this I'll take some time off. Doesn't mean I won't draw though, haha... But I can take things slow from now.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and I am really happy I was able to participate. Alongside so many incredible artists, I found more people to follow 😛

Check my final submission and if you I'd be happy to hear what you think and which design is your favourite :D

For my time off I also want to  work on or think about some other plans that I have, regarding work in general, my personal project and my Instagram account. I'm going to start a new sketchbook within the coming days or weeks, which I am really excited about too. I have a vision 🧐 So do I for my Instagram account. We'll see. For now I'm signing out (okay, not really) and take a little break ☺️

Grand Space Opera: Light Age #4

General / 14 December 2020

And here's my next entry! Yay! Just this time I have only this one character to show, because there was a weekend and I actually managed to take the Sunday completely off of everything!
That was so nice, I spent it exploring the cemetery near my home, playing PlayStation and watching a movie in the evening with my beloved.
As for the cemetery, I moved into this area this spring and haven't visited the graveyard yet. I really wanted to go though and when I had time the weather happened to be perfect for this kind of trip. Grey and super foggy!


That storyboard

General / 01 December 2020

First off: I'm so excited about finally participating in an Artstation challenge! Specially excited because it's spacey and Sparth is amongst the judges! I had to! :D
If you wanna see what I'm doing and be up to date with it, you can always check my submission progress. Because right now what I was gonna share is some of my storyboard pages. Only a few, don't wanna reveal too much. But I'm actually done with it. 

Storyboard pages

The comic is called "Flint & Mortimer", it's not my story and not my characters either. And if you haven't seen them yet, feel free to take a look at my character concepts I did for this project :)

Next post is gonna be about the challenge, I promise!

Sketchbook time

General / 23 November 2020

For a change today's blog entry is not about concepts for my personal project. It is about sketches!
I've been craving to do sketching just for exploration since a while now and finally managed to come up with a schedule that includes an hour of sketchbook time per day :-)
I'm really happy about this and having a lot of fun when doing them. Currently I have two missions with this.

Mission 1
Finding the way and materials that work the best for me when colouring my linework

Mission 1
Filling that sketchbook until the end of this year (not that many pages left, should be manageable)

Water colour pencils Derwent Inktense. I do like those but they are called "inktense" for a reason. Note to self: The pencil colours are really flashy and I gotta be careful when using them and especially how and on what kind of drawing I am using them.

That one is with coloured ink for all those yellow(-ish) parts. I just didn't have a suitable blue anymore so for that I used the watercolour pencils again. I like the ink a lot, always did. But I didn't use them in a while and some of them dried out over the years. So that is one explanation for why I didn't have a well matching blue. In case anyone is curious: I have some Winsor & Newton and some Ecoline inks. The ones here in particular were by Ecoline.

Here I used coloured ink again for almost everything. Except for the green because all three green tones that I have are way too bright and shiny and/or cold for this very warm toned sketch. So for the green I used a brush pen. In the end I went in with colored pencils just slightly to make at least a little bit of atmospheric perspective.

On some of these I used colored ink and two of the coloures are watered down because I tried to safe what had dried by putting some warm water in. The two are dark red and blue. For the blue that kind of worked but the dark red is neither dark nor really red (see bottom left). The rest is done in either non-watery ink or brush pen.

What are your favourite colouring techniques in traditional media?

Personal Project #5 - You Guessed It, Even More Sketches

General / 26 October 2020

Haven't updated the blog in too long, but here it finally comes. I kept working on my design for Hilda, I decided that probably the pineapple hairstyle is the best regarding silhouette, her personality and I even came up with a fun way to integrate it in the story. But no spoilers!

Talking about the outfit, oh my... I do like the overall version with the belt a lot ("Rambo 2.0") but I also quite like the designs "yeehaw" and "eye for an eye".


So I played with "yeehaw" and "eye for an eye" a little more. But damn... so hard to make a decision, can I just have several outfits for her? Maybe out of all these number 4 looks the most complete and she wouldn't be freezing like with the "yeehaw" outfit, because most of the time the environment is not going to be in a hot climate.

Or maybe if I mixed those outfits from the first image (which I didn't put numbers or names on, that one) with some elements from number 4?
Opinions are very welcome!

I dreamed some crazy stuff

General / 03 August 2020

It was very sci-fi and also pretty vivid, even though I forgot some things by now. It started as a nice dream, I appreciated the icy landscape and it was like a movie. Not going into detail because I want to use some of that in my project (hehehe), it was too interesting to not do that. But I can say that it turned from a good dream into a nightmare. That was less nice.
Bute whatever, I felt very inspired to put it on canvas.
For the first time in a long time I used photoshop and no outlines. I am tempted to try this image with outlines in a different approach.

Still trying to fill that sketchbook

General / 06 July 2020

Sketches that could also be called explorations of places for my personal project. Soon I want to take some of the environmental sketches that I did and explore them further on the digital canvas.

I also made a tiny one which is not in my sketchbook but on a seperate piece of paper. I did that to cover up a mistake I did in my journal. I am using it for daily things, to-do's, lists and similar stuff as well as keeping track of my habits and health. With this month though I came up with a more art-focussed layout to help me keep track of my projects too.

Then I also finally used some color on one of my sketches. Different types of colored watercolor pencils came to action. It was a nice practice...

The following and last drawing is one of those I'd really like to work more with and take further. Soon, soon...


Character sketches

General / 19 June 2020

This time I drew characters into the sketchbook. Right now I don't dare to draw on the back of the pages because I am still using water, the brushpen is also bleeding through a little bit so I don't want to risk it. I wonder... did I ever have one of those Moleskine sketchbooks? I did have one as a notebook only I think. I had Leuchtturm though and cheap stuff. Like really cheap. 

Anyway, here come my drawings...

First one is not entirely finished. It is, but it isn't. I was going to add another character and put a hint of background but I'm gonna turn it into a new drawing and make it... well, more finished.

The second one is a character from my personal project which - as I said in the last entry - I also want to put more time into again. I want to talk about it a little more too, another time. But probably not next time because currently I am working on a storyboard for a comic which I also want to talk about. Probably next time. Turnips. Just sayin...

To anyone who reads this I'd like to ask: what sketchbook are you using or which one do you recommend? Or do you not keep a traditional sketchbook at all?

Filling that sketchbook

General / 15 June 2020

Slowly. But as long as I keep it steadily I'm fine with that. As I said in the last post I wanted to use that watercolor pencil more again, so I did that in the second sketch below. But afterwards I thought maybe I should put the actually colored watercolor pencils to action next time! I do have those as well.

I think I'll do that tomorrow, though I don't want it to become too colorful. It's already late so I'm keeping this blog post short and will see about what I'm going to draw in the morning.

By the way I also posted both of those drawings to my Instagram account. Missed to do a sketch on Saturday though.