Friday, January 23, 2009


You know, for a blog called Sketch Adventure there sure haven't been very many life sketches around here lately. About that...
I realize I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but I've been thinking a lot about what sketchbooking is lately. I have a pretty heavy schedule right now, so my opportunities to get out and draw are fewer than I usually like. But this just means that I've got to make sure to squeeze the most learning out of those times when I'm able to just go draw. I've tried to change my mentality about how I'm approaching drawing by attempting to focus on the basics again. Often that doesn't make for exciting sketches, but it does make for great learning experiences.
Anyway, I don't want to get too wordy (especially since I don't really know what I'm trying to say). I guess what I'm really getting at is that it continues to be valuable for me to switch things up--methods, media, subjects. And what has really helped me lately has been to actively think while I draw "what is it that I'm trying to learn from this drawing? Am I studying proportion, likeness, gesture, value, caricature, skeletal/muscular structure, narrative, or (hopefully) some combination of these?" doing that I feel like I get more out of each exploration, even when I don't have a tone of free time for lots of life drawing.
And here's some recent sketch explorations...some are better than others, but learning doesn't always mean a great product!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Just playing in Photoshop with textures on a quick marker sketch.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Explorations

Some more explorations into character development and design for our senior animation project at BYU. The film's in an interesting place right now, since our story crew hasn't nailed down character personalities--which ends up being fun for me, because that means I'm free to do designs all over the place, but it's not exactly great for meeting deadlines. Luckily we're only in the beginning stages.
Right now, we know there's a girl and a rhino...and that's about it.
Anyway, let me know what you think about what you see!

Invention Exchange

I, like many even less qualified people out there, fancy myself something of a brilliant amateur inventor. Now, I don't often toot my own horn, but I believe I've really got it this time--and on my way to the top I've decided to make the magnanimous gesture of posting this sneak preview here now, so that those of you who want to be remembered when I'm standing on top of a veritable mountain of currency (both foreign and domestic) will be able to make your move to get in my good graces now.

So, it is with great pleasure--and without further ado--that I present the Brork; it's just what it sounds like: the lovechild of a fork and toothbrush. It's what you (and the rest of the world) have been waiting for, though I bet you didn't think that all your prayers for world peace would be answered in quite this way. You'll save minutes a day by combining the heretofore estranged hedonistic pleasures of dining and dental hygiene--instead of condemning them to undue separation.

I know--you wish you'd thought of it first, but do yourself a favor and curb your jealousy now. By this late in the game, the best thing you can do is become an investor in my next project: Chop'n'Floss Sticks. Invest now by sending cash to:

The Top
Giant Mountain of Money

See you at the top! (But not really. No, seriously, the mountian belongs to me.)
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