Saturday, February 02, 2008

Recent Sketchbook Innards

I have a bit of free-time this fine Saturday morning before heading off to work a closing shift at the ceramic studio. For the past two days I've been locked in my house, sketching and planning and painting and having a glorious time in my creative zone.

Somehow, during that time, February crept in.

Huh. I checked my work schedule this morning to make sure I was on the same shift today...not realizing I was looking at the January schedule...and made my way to work, only to find out I wasn't expected until later in the evening. 'Cause it's now February and all. Wow. I feel like a complete idiot.

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few sketchbook pages with all of you because I know that I love checking out other people's sketchbook innards. Yesterday I spent two hours on Flickr ogling over sketchbook images from other folks (I must warn you--don't search "sketchbook" on Flickr unless you have a healthy amount of time to look at the results). So inspiring! Mine is a mess of pencil and ink drawings along with a lot of vellum paper, paint samples, and old book pages loosely taped and glued in place. It really runs the gamut from quickly scribbled sentences/ideas, composition ideas, final tracing paper templates, and paint experiments.
A long time ago, back before college and even a bit into it, I made oodles of sculptural maquettes and figures. My goal for a long time was to go into film special effects (I still have a strong urge to some day work a bit in the film production industry) and so I'd spend a good amount of time working on my sculpting skills to make maquettes for imaginary films. Sorta pretending I was employed in an FX art department. I'd like to get back into it a wee bit, only this time make them into puppets with loosely moveable joints. The two sketches above are rough planned puppets (one is a bit Steve Zissou inspired--big surprise there!).Fanciful narwhal sketches and templates and a whimsical little mushroom study, which may wind up as a small print. For one reason or another, my most recent sketchbook pages are teeming with mushrooms.
Well, ladies and gents, I'm off to mingle with the general public. Happy weekend! I hope you all do something fun, creative, or relaxing...or better yet, all of the above!

10 comments:

elegantmusings said...

Your sketchbook is lovely!! :) Mine is so random; phone numbers, to-do lists, doodles and full-blown sketches! hehe!!

You will never believe this, but I'm working on a little, jointed puppet too!! I just think that is the wildest thing that we're thinking along the same lines right now... hehe!

Have a lovely weekend!

Rachel said...

I got your message.... at about 5pm. :) So, no go this weekend, that's okay, I had a migraine and an awful urge to throw up for a couple of hours anyway. ugh... So, how's next Friday/Saturday?? And check your February schedule this time! :P

Eggman Studios said...

Casey, that is too cool that you're in puppet-mode now too! I can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

Yeah, I'm sorry again Rachel. Our schedules are so out of synch with one another. I tend to work weekends, or get called in at the last possible moment, but we'll work it out. Hope you're feeling better!

Rachel said...

yup, that I am. and we WILL work it out, and I can arrange something at work, since I can basically make my own schedule. so... lemme know...

mellowbeing said...

Oh tell me about it - February came far too soon. looks like a lot of cool things are brewing in your studio. The mushroom looks so great - how do you get that gradient!? Looks almost photoshopped

Eggman Studios said...

Hey thanks! :) I always get my best gradients by working wet-into-wet while painting, so the colors blend easier. 'Course, I think in this case, the paint swatch sample in the background can play a bit of an eye trick as well. :)

Marjorie said...

ooooh!!! I love your sketchings....how exciting!! :)

Eggman Studios said...

Thanks, my dear! :)

www.projectblancoyd.typepad.com said...

Haha I love your Steve Zissou man. He is fantastic! I can't wait to see how he will look in color. Think you might make another one of those teapots?

Eggman Studios said...

Thanks! I'm such a sucker for that movie. It was all I could muster to get one of those dang teapots painted--I don't think I could possibly stay motivated enough to do another one... :)