I’ve completed another sketchbook, my 56th to be exact. I’ve got two shelves full of these books at home. It used to be that I would finish a sketchbook and a half each year… but my output has slowed a bit and it has been more like a book each 9 to 11 months… I think that this is the first one that has taken more than a year.
I’ve already run a few images from Sketchbook Number Fifty-Six on this blog: drawings of the City Planning Commission and the ALOUD panel on Pershing Square. Here are a few more selected pieces from it, in chronological order. I’ve included ones that I think are relatively successful… instead of the pages of aborted attempts, stiff cliches, notes, etc.
The blank book is made by Watson -Guptill, archival quality, 224 pages (though I tore a few pages out – only before I drew on them, never after.)
On the first page, I generally try to letter something fairly nice, so I can begin showing off the sketchbook right away. This lettering is watercolor directly on paper, no pencil. Note the aesthetically gauche large margin at the top of the page, as opposed to the narrower one at the bottom.
These are my friends and neighbors Somer and Aurisha, who are collectively known as Telematique. This drawing was done from life at a performance of theirs in the lobby at Los Angeles Eco-Village… some sort of benefit concert. The drawing was done with a rapidograph pen. I think that the various sound equipment of theirs turned out better than they did (I don’t worry too much about likeness.) They used a sketch from another sketchbook of mine for their first album cover.
This two-pager was drawn during a van ride on a California water tour that I helped Urban Semillas lead. I blogged about the trip on L.A. Creek Freak.
This portrait is of one of my favorite authors, Percival Everett, who was reading his new poetry at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. The poetry was good… but I like his prose better. He’s very funny, smart and most of his work has (at least) a good dash of politics. I recommend starting with Watershed.
This is one of the most complete pictures from the book, done over the course of a couple weeks. I do a fair amount of pictures of people in cities. This one is somewhat unusual in that the tall skinny buildings are so exaggerated. Usually I draw buildings that are more-or-less real-looking. Usually I include at least one car. I like the way this one turned out.
These are just some faces from out of my head.
These are some random lettering pieces I did as I got excited about our newest president taking office. It’s just playing around, not for anything. The third and fourth from the bottom are something I play with that I call an “anti-logo.” Where a logo is designed to be very easily readable, an anti-logo is intentionally obscure and difficult to read. Many of my anti-logos, like the third from the bottom use the negative space to spell out the word.
More playing around with lettering. The entries at the top of the page were from when Chris Carlsson came to speak at Los Angeles Eco-Village on February 6th 2009. Nowtopia is the name of Chris’ book and blog. I especially like the “hand letter” even though the “h” is unintentionally backwards.
On to book 57… which I’ve already started.