Hi – thank you for taking the time to look at my sketchbook. My name is Erik, and I’ve been reading this forum for years. My favorite sketchbooks are the ones where the drawings on the first and last page look like they could have been done by totally different people. Hopefully in a few dozen pages this sketchbook will qualify. Here’s my starting point.
In 2009 I got a sketchbook and some pencils. I spent a month each studying noses, hands, eyes, etc. I have no idea how to properly scan pencils, but to give you a sense of the progress I made there, here is the very first self-portrait I did, and one I did 8 months later.
In December 2010 I got a Wacom, and started messing around with it a little. I want to win a CHOW one of these years, and these are two abandoned pieces for CHOWs #1 and #2. You can see that I didn’t know about low opacity brushwork in the first one… I found Matt Kohr’s CTRLpaint.com sometime before trying the second. Unfortunately I was stymied by how to draw cloth.
Some practice with reflections. That’s a purple lightbulb set within this brass orb thing that fell off my bedpost.
A sinister Link, who is apparently into turtlenecks and perhaps reads gothic poetry about being the hero of time.
Herman Melville – this one taught me I had no idea how to render hair. Also, I was tired of the 50% gray midtones I was working with in other studies, and so I was playing with more blown out values here.
Just messing around with colors, using big brushes to simulate bokeh
The cover image to Barry Lopez’s Of Wolves and Men. I still have no idea how to render hair/fur. In this image I tried the photoshop 3d brushes, whatever those are called.
Luckily, in this self-portrait, I didn’t have much hair… just a little scruff. (Which still looks lousy.) First time I heard about the sharpen filter, which really crispened the image.
A birthday card for a friend of mine. Everything below her shoulders is unreffed, which is why she’s got these shapeless tubes of meat for appendages. The hair looks a little better, though.
A crow and a chickadee. For the crow, I was using a lot of eraser to define the shapes – another thing I picked up from ctrlpaint.