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SKETCHEE IDEAS: A Creativity Blog


Scribble Scribble

I've been playing around in my sketchbook. Having a really good time, just letting my mind go free, not being afraid. I think the headphonin and checkmate sketches were decent indications of what's going in there now. Just scribbling patterns and graphic and typographic elements, mixing it with portraiture and landscapes. I think maybe most of my works have been somewhat traditional and trying to keep that timeless classic feel. It's interesting trying to keep that classic sense and introduce the graphic arts. I'm a graphic designer, so I'm always going through the design mags and sites... It's really all coming together in new ways. Iunno if it'll stick or if it's just an exploration I'm betting something from the scribbling will come back into some piece or another at some point. Anyway, back to scribbling

Featured in Business Monthly

Today I found out I was featured in the January 2007 issue of The Business Monthly for playing piano at a local gallery reception.


Drawing: Space, Form, & Expression

Thought I'd put up another book recommendation entry. Drawing: Space, Form, & Expression is a really good book that helps to expand your artis's creativity. It quickly runs through the basics but doesn't babysit you. It just tells you simply to draw and the general approaches and then let's you explore.

Too many drawing books are overly simplified tutorials that want to break down every stuff of drawing every object. While those books have their place, this one gives you the approach to being the one to discover how to create these things on your own. Learn how to view the world and you can pretty much draw everything. There are lots of excercises to help you explore the space on your paper and it's really just fun to go through. There are some great excercises about drawing from your imagination and turning it into something tangible

The book ends with a portfolio of contemporary and student drawings that explore the principles that you've learned throughout the text. Definitely one to check out, read through and follow.


Little sketch of kids playing chess

Graphic Artists Guild Handbook

Here's a great book for all of you illustrators, designers and/or artists. Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines. The book is geared toward all visual arts professionals It has sample contracts and invoices for illustrators, designers, digital artwork, graphic design, etc. It has salary information and current industry rates as well. The prose deals with practical and legal advice for working as a professional in the graphic arts field. There's an interesting chapter with step by step processes on handeling an individual illustration/design job. Then we have detailed chapters on each of the specifics for print desginers, web/digital designers, illustrators, cartoonists, animators and surface design (textiles). It's really comprehensive and if you're working in this field, it's worth taking a look at. It's especially valuable if you've ever considered taking on freelance work—full time or in addition to current job.