Monday, March 19, 2012

The Sketchbook Project - The End

So. I finally made it to the end of the last page in my sketchbook. I didn't have any fabulous brainstorms for the final page, so I simply wrote 'The End' in the same style as the title page, to form a nice bookend (no pun intended).

So from there it needed a proper cover. I kept with the grey, of course, since that's the theme (or, mostly grey anyway) and did a quick watercolour wash. When it was dry I went over it in pen, simply following some of the more obvious lines between different shades and brushmarks. I've used this little method tonnes of times and it always turns out really neat. Here's the cover:

This it what it looks like rebound and finished:

And finally, do you remember when I said I found this boring, but had something up my sleeve? Well, this was the moment of truth to test my theory. First, I added a bit more colour throughout the pages, though, just to punch things up a bit. The real trick, though, was taking all the pages apart and rearranging them, so that all the pages had new partners. Turned out kind of neat, and definitely helped the interest factor. Here's what the new arrangement looked like:

And now it's all sent off, catalogued, and ready for people to check out. The tour starts next month, and unfortunately won't be coming anywhere near Winnipeg, but it'll be all over the States, a couple places in Canada (in the cool cities, not mine) and internationally. Check out the Art House Sketchbook Project's website for the dates.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Sketchbook Project - Windows

More patterns. I don't have a lot to say on this one. I looked up some gothic windows and architecture, and used the designs I found. ummm, yup. That's it.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Sketchbook Project - Moroccan Pattern

Freehanding patterns is HARD. Normally, and ideally, I would use a ruler for this type of thing to insure that everything is even. One of the most irritating things I think people say to artists, when describing their own artistic skills, is "I can't even draw a straight line." Neither can I. That's what rulers are for. However, I didn't really feel like it for this one, though, and was kind of curious what I could do by myself. So it's a bit off, but I don't think it's any the worse for it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Sketchbook Project - Raindrops

This is just a fun little pattern, trying something a little different than the all-over pattern of the previous two pages. I also like the proportions, with the giant raindrops next to the small umbrella. The idea for this one came from one of my original ideas for the them of this sketchbook, which didn't work out. So it made a cameo here instead.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Sketchbook Project - Paisley

I'm a little (a month and a half? oops) behind putting up the pages from my Sketchbook Project book. I don't think there's much to say about this one, I find it a bit boring, which is strange, because normally I love this type of pattern. Oh well, once the whole book is finished, I'll see if I still feel the same way.