Today’s Sketchbook Silliness. View the archive at http://www.sketchbooksilliness.com.
Been too busy to blog so I’m grouping three days into one post.
Day 1: I feel like I’m cheating because this is just a rough doodle but it was such a long, full day that I didn’t get a chance to pick up a pen until after 10pm. I started with a drawing prompt from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook that reads, “Trying to close an overstuffed suitcase.” Then I thought, “How could I make that funny?” This is where my brain went. Maybe later I’ll do a polished version for Sketchbook Silliness.
Day 2: Since it wasSunday I did some work on a serious (not jokey) comic idea about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Something about it still feels kinda under-cooked so I’ve decided to set it aside for now, but here’s a sneak peek at part of one panel.
Day 3: A sneak peek at tomorrow’s Sketchbook Silliness cartoon.
Back in 2013 I ran a successful Kickstarter to create the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, a super-charged sketchbook designed to help artists put more life and personality into their drawings. Several hundred copies were printed and sold. People really seemed to like them and the book got some good reviews on several animation and art blogs. But once the dust settled I found that the digital PDF ebook far outsold the physical book. It’s cheaper, more portable (just keep it on your phone), and can be used alongside any sketchbook or drawing app. In fact, the PDF is still the most popular item in my online store.
The physical copies sold out long ago but I still get requests from people asking if it will ever be reprinted? It seems there are a lot of people who would rather just draw directly in the actual book.
If I do a reprint, it would be an “updated and expanded version”. I took a survey from my Kickstarter backers to see if they were happy with their purchase (most were) and asked for suggestions/improvements. Based on that feedback, if I do a reprint I’d likely add new drawing prompts, some new sample artwork, and perhaps a new mini-chapter on adding humor to your drawings. I’ll also upgrade to a better binding since a couple of people had problems with the cover coming loose from the coils.
Before I go to all that trouble, I’d like to know if it’s something people want? If you might be interested in purchasing a physical copy, shoot me an email or leave me a comment/message on Facebook or Twitter. You don’t have to promise to buy one, just let me know if you might consider it. But the best thing you can do is share this blog post on social media so that other people can give me their input as well.
Finally, with Inktober just around the corner don’t forget to download your FREE list of 31 sketchbook ideas. About 2/3 of them are from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook and the others are new.
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning color, the air is getting chilly, and artists everywhere are getting ready for Inktober! If you need some Inktober drawing ideas, I’m once again offering a free PDF download of 31 drawing prompts based on the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. About 2/3 of the list is directly from the book, the rest are new (as of last year anyway). As with everything in the book they are specifically designed to help you practice making your drawings more expressive and entertaining:
Here’s the list in non-PDF form:
- Trying to close an overstuffed suitcase.
- A clumsy jester has spilled wine all over the king.
- A caveman teaching his pet dinosaur to play fetch.
- “I just heard the funniest joke!”
- An old professor chases his escaped lab rat through the university library.
- Asking a loan shark for money.
- Haven’t slept in three days.
- Illustrate “dignity”
- A hermit describing how he was abducted by a UFO.
- ‘The boy who cried wolf’ realizing that this time no one is coming.
- “There, there. It’s be all right.”
- A coach blowing his top during a halftime locker room speech.
- Learning to roller skate.
- A hammy actor fumbles and drops the skull during a performance of “Hamlet”
- An imaginative child playing with a cardboard box.
- Illustrate “macho”
- Just spilled a drink on your laptop.
- A timid person confronting a bully.
- Opening a door with your arms full.
- A young farm boy tries to get a stubborn goat out of it’s pen.
- Really telling someone off!
- “I may be old but I could still whip both of you!”
- At home alone watching a scary movie.
- Illustrate ”headache”
- Someone smashing their thumb with a hammer.
- Walking into a gust of wind.
- Telling a story to a child.
- A nervous criminal attempting his first robbery.
- “Aw, shucks!”
- Illustrate “out of breath”
- Dr. Jekyll transforming into Mr. Hyde
Unfortunately physical copies of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook are sold out but the PDF/ebook version is still available in my studio store. It’s cheaper, easy to carry around, and works as a companion to any normal sketchbook. NOTE: I still get requests for physical copies so I’m thinking of doing a second printing if there’s enough interest. If that’s something you’d like to see, please shoot me an email and let me know.
In the mean time, enjoy this free download and please share it with others. Just post this link on your favorite social media: http://bit.ly/1tnlfqY
The National Cartoonists Society, of which I am a member, partners with St. Jude by sending cartoonists to hospitals around the country to visit and draw with sick kids (more info here.) This past Saturday (Sept. 24) was the annual Minneapolis St. Jude Walk/Run for childhood cancer, held at the brand new US Bank Stadium. I was there along with two other local NCS members, animator Kelly McNutt and cartoonist Phil Juliano who draws the strip “Best In Show”. We spent the morning drawing with kids, answering their questions, and offering a few pointers. It was a lot of fun.
I mostly drew popular cartoon and video game characters, but since we were at the new home of the Vikings I also managed to doodle a few vikings of my own:
St. Jude is a terrific organization that does great work, and patients are never charged for any of their services. If you want to help them in their fight against childhood cancer you can chip in a donation on their website. Even small gifts make a difference.Donate
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