Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ringing in the New Year with Woflmans and Sketchbook Making

Hello and Happy New Year, Interneters!

It feels late to be saying that 3 weeks into the year, but I've been quiet for the last little while.  Near the end of last year I was experiencing some fatigue and minor pain in my drawing hand, so at my doctor's behest I took it easy over the holidays until it started feeling better.  And now that I am feeling better, let the drawing ensue!

In other news, here are a bunch of things that Wolfmans like:



 Safari Shirts




Handmade Sketchbooks

I know what your thinking--you have a lot in common with wolfmans.  Well, you should probably go to the doctor like I did.  If you have pain in your drawing hand, you may be a wolfman.  (Luckily, my diagnosis was a false positive.)

Or you may have been thinking, "That is no sketchbook, sir!  That is the box of a popular breakfast cereal!"  Well, you'd only be half right, friend, for indeed it is both.  My officemate and trained botanical professional, Anthony Zierhut showed me a totally easy method of making sketchbooks a couple of weeks ago, and I'm hooked.

You can try it too--he posted the easy to follow instructions RIGHT HERE IN PUBLIC for anyone to see.  What a nice guy, right?  He even gave me materials to make my first book (though I cannot guarantee he'll do the same for you).

Now, if you're thinking to yourself, "I can't make a nifty sketchbook like that; I'm allergic to cereal boxes,"  it turns out that you can make sketchbooks out of all kinds of stuff.  I didn't have any bookbinding supplies at home, so I improvised with found materials for my next few books.

For the covers, I used the thick pages from a discarded children's board book.
The spine tape is duct tape instead of fancy binding tape.
I used regular sewing thread and a cheap candle instead of bookbinding thread and beeswax.
The paper is just regular cheap color printer paper--perfect for no-fuss sketchery.
The glue that binds it all together is regular white glue, like Elmer's.

To me, it's pretty cool that I could make a book out of stuff I found lying around our house.  Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you

Anyway, I hope this year is fun and productive for all.  Be good, and I hope to be back with more drawings soon!


Michaele Razi said...

Happy New Year to you too! I'm glad you're recovered. And Wolfman is too cool!

Heather Dixon said...

I want to make my own sketchbook. Those look awesome

Megan Nicole Dong said...

Yaaay! I love these.

Sean McCormack said...

Lovely!!! Soo sooo good!!!

Scott C. Gwynn said...

Nice! The werewolf with the basketball is my favorite.

Greg said...

These are great!

Aaron Ludwig said...

Hmmm... I might have to try this out.

Glad your drawing hand is feeling better. The world is suddenly a brighter place.

Jeff C said...

I like how one of them is channeling Teen Wolf without really being Teen Wolf. Really fun. Hope your hand is much recovered.

Gulzar said...

Dang! I'm diggin this pieces! loved it.

L ROSSI said...

All the best! Looking forward to seeing where the Sketch Adventure takes us in 2012! :)

James Woods said...

Awesome drawings man!
The basketball sketch is killer!

Gillibean said...

Heehee these are mental! Mentalin the best way possible of course! Love them.

Freddy Carrasco said...

oh man these are too good. looks like you had loads of fun with these guys

chengwhich said...

awesome wolfmen! love how you inked them, too.

Erik D. Martin said...

man super awesome and incredibly inspiring!


Love the Wolfmans, and what THEY love. Take care of that hand dude. Your just getting started. Hope you are kicking some butt!

Don Flores said...

nice book making, I might have to jump on that!

yeri said...

SO GREAT!!!!!!!!

Kaitlin B. Callahan said...

Aww man, I love these!

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