Sketchbook Throwback: St. Patrick’s Day

Here’s a re-post from 2014. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!…

St Patrick's Day illustration by Cedric Hohnstadt

Today’s sketch is a combination of three things:

First, I’ve been having a blast following @sketch_dailies on Twitter. At the moment it’s a very popular feed with over 15,000 followers. Each day a new character is suggested and hundreds of artists from all over the web draw their version. The best ones are retweeted and they are amazing! Today’s theme, naturally, was “leprechaun”.

Second, I’ve been trying to add a sense of story to my practice sketches. I wanted to try something original with the end-of-the-rainbow idea. It seems to me that if there really was a pot of gold out there on a hill somewhere it would be foolish to leave it out in the open with only a small, unarmed man guarding it.

Third, I like to try and tie each sketch into the Pose Drawing Sparkbook somehow. At the back of the book is a bonus list of 100 Moods and Emotions to draw. This might be a good fit for “Dumbfounded”.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!


T-shirt Art For My Parent’s Anniversary


My parent’s celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on March 14, which also happens to be “Pie Day”. Math nerds will recognize Pi as a number famous for going on forever. It literally has no end but the first five digits are “3.1415”. Hence, the date 3/14/15 is “Pi (or Pie) Day”.

My parents asked me to get them a “Pi Day” t-shirt for the occasion. If you do a Google image search for “pi day” you see lots of apple pies cut in the shape of a Pi symbol, that sort of thing. That seemed a little too on-the-nose for me. Besides, this wasn’t just Pi day. It was also their 45th anniversary, which is quite a milestone. So I wanted to do something special just for them.

I pondered for a while…how could I combine pi, pie, and a wedding anniversary into one design?

This is what I came up with. My dad loves lemon pie, and the classic pie-in-the-face gag seemed like a fun way to illustrate the ups and downs of marriage. My only regret is that I didn’t do a better job of capturing their likenesses. These cartoon people only bare a vague resemblance to my parents. Caricature was never my strong suit.

For the record, my mom and dad actually get along pretty well. Like any couple they have their disagreements but my mom is actually a pretty calm person and my dad is not the type of guy to deserve such treatment. But the image was fun to draw and, I hope, gets across the point that marriage is hard but it’s worth hanging in there for.

No Substitute


This is something I need to remind myself of regularly. I figured I’m probably not the only one so I created this meme to spread around. Feel free to share. You can download or link to the original HD image here.


I’m On Gumroad! Name Your Price On “Sketchercise”


'Sketchercise' Samples

Like a lot of other artists I’ve decided to jump on the Gumroad bandwagon. It’s a bit of an experiment for me. I already have my own website store and people seem to be happy with it, but I’m very impressed with Gumroad’s slick-and-simple website. Just create a Gumroad account and have easy, “forever” access to any files you purchase from various Gumroad sellers. Also, Gumroad only takes a small sliver of commission which makes them an attractive place to sell.

As an experiment I’ve put together a PDF sketchbook called “Sketchercise!” (45 pages with over 120 drawings) and I’m offering it as a “name-your-price” purchase. For the time being you can have it for whatever you think is a fair price, no questions asked and no strings attached. Other artists such as Will Terrell advocate this model for selling some of their content so I thought I’d try it and see what happens.

You can also get the Pose Drawing Sparkbook (both versions) and my drawing webinar on my Gumroad page, at full price.

Free Download: Inktober Sketchbook Ideas


Inktober is a fun drawing challenge that was originally created by artist Jake Parker in 2009 and has since spread across the internet. The concept is simple and fun: Every day in October you can draw anything you’d like, as long as it’s in ink (digital or traditional). Doing a rough sketch underneath is allowed. Then share your work on social media using the hash tag “#inktober”. It sounds like fun and I’m hoping to contribute off-and-on throughout the month (deadlines permitting). For more info and rules visit

Need some Inktober drawing ideas? I’ve put together a free PDF download of 31 drawing prompts from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. (EDIT: About 2/3 of the list is from the book, the other 1/3 is new). 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:

  1. Trying to close an overstuffed suitcase.
  2. A clumsy jester has spilled wine all over the king.
  3. A caveman teaching his pet dinosaur to play fetch.
  4. “I just heard the funniest joke!”
  5. An old professor chases his escaped lab rat through the university library.
  6. Asking a loan shark for money.
  7. Haven’t slept in three days.
  8. Illustrate “dignity”
  9. A hermit describing how he was abducted by a UFO.
  10. ‘The boy who cried wolf’ realizing that this time no one is coming.
  11. “There, there. It’s be all right.”
  12. A coach blowing his top during a halftime locker room speech.
  13. Learning to roller skate.
  14. A hammy actor fumbles and drops the skull during a performance of “Hamlet”
  15. An imaginative child playing with a cardboard box.
  16. Illustrate “macho”
  17. Just spilled a drink on your laptop.
  18. A timid person confronting a bully.
  19. Opening a door with your arms full.
  20. A young farm boy tries to get a stubborn goat out of it’s pen.
  21. Really telling someone off!
  22. “I may be old but I could still whip both of you!”
  23. At home alone watching a scary movie.
  24. Illustrate ”headache”
  25. Someone smashing their thumb with a hammer.
  26. Walking into a gust of wind.
  27. Telling a story to a child.
  28. A nervous criminal attempting his first robbery.
  29. “Aw, shucks!”
  30. Illustrate “out of breath”
  31. 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. The ebook is actually more popular than the physical book. It’s cheaper, easy to carry around, and works as a companion to any normal sketchbook. Oh, and if you bundle it with any other item in the store you can save 15% on your entire purchase with offer code “bundle15”.

Anyway, enjoy this free download and please share it with others. Just post this link on your favorite social media:

(NOTE: The Pose Drawing Sparkbook is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jake Parker.)