Yes! Here’s Even More Random Stuff From My Sketchbooks!

2015 Artwork sketchbooks April sketch 1

Well, I’d originally planned to write a proper article for today. But, about halfway through writing it, I realised that it wasn’t really going anywhere and I couldn’t think of what to write next. Eventually, I abandoned it out of sheer frustration. So, here’s yet more random stuff from my sketchbooks instead. Enjoy 🙂

A while after I wrote yesterday's article, I was watching a review of an old adventure game called "King's Quest V" on Youtube. And, well, I felt like drawing a medieval wizard...

A while after I wrote yesterday’s article, I was watching a review of an old adventure game called “King’s Quest V” on Youtube. And, well, I felt like drawing a medieval wizard…

These were a couple of unusually detailed doodles I made in my sketchbook whilst trying to think of ideas for blog articles back in January.

These were a couple of unusually detailed doodles I made in my sketchbook whilst trying to think of ideas for blog articles back in January.

I made this sketch of a Minbari fighting pike whilst watching "Babylon 5" a couple of months ago. In case my writing is illegible, the text reads "Minbari fighting pike - WAY cooler than a lightsaber!".

I made this sketch of a Minbari fighting pike whilst watching “Babylon 5” a couple of months ago. In case my writing is illegible, the text reads “Minbari fighting pike – WAY cooler than a lightsaber!”.

These were a couple of random monsters I drew when I was trying to think of an idea for a horror comic. The top monster was originally going to be in a comic called "It Came From The Recycling Bin!", but I decided to make a sci-fi comic (called "Conspiracy 1983") instead....

These were a couple of random monsters I drew when I was trying to think of an idea for a horror comic. The top monster was originally going to be in a comic called “It Came From The Recycling Bin!”, but I decided to make a sci-fi comic (called “Conspiracy 1983”) instead….

This was an abandoned attempt at making a comic-based article for this blog. Seriously, it's been AGES since I last made one of these!

This was an abandoned attempt at making a comic-based article for this blog. Seriously, it’s been AGES since I last made one of these!

This was a failed first attempt at re-making a drawing/painting called "The Important Question" that I re-make every year. Expect to see the final version of it on here on the 17th of this month.

This was a failed first attempt at re-making a drawing/painting called “The Important Question” that I re-make every year. Expect to see the final version of it on here on the 17th of this month.

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Hopefully, I’ll think of a good idea for a proper article for tomorrow, but I hope that you enjoyed this quick look inside my sketchbooks 🙂

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The ART Of Procrastination

2015 Artwork Art of Procrastination sketch

As an artform, doodling is often overlooked. After all, it’s a fun way to pass the time when you’re feeling bored and/or uninspired. Not to mention that it’s also an absolutely great tool for practicing your art too.

So, since I’ve been less inspired and enthusiastic than usual over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doodling a lot more than usual… and some of my doodles have been a lot more elaborate than usual too.

And, well, I thought that I’d show off a couple of my best doodles today – along with another chance to see the doodle that I actually turned into a work of art a few days ago.

The interesting thing about doodles is that everyone has their own unique “style” when it comes to doodling. Some people doodle random lines, some people doodle random geometric shapes and, like me, some people’s doodles can end up being a little bit more surreal and artistic.

So, without any further ado, here are my three best doodles from the past couple of days. As usual, you can click on each of these pictures to see a larger version of them.

Yes, this little doodle actually turned into a vaguely "Commander Keen"-esque landscape. Does anyone else remember the old "Commander Keen" games?

Yes, this little doodle actually turned into a vaguely “Commander Keen”-esque landscape. Does anyone else remember the old “Commander Keen” games?

THIS was what I doodled when I was trying to think of an idea for a proper article for today. If you look at the top corner of this picture, you can see a line of text I ended up deleting from the title graphic for yesterday's article about censorship.

THIS was what I doodled when I was trying to think of an idea for a proper article for today. If you look at the top corner of this picture, you can see a line of text I ended up deleting from the title graphic for yesterday’s article about censorship.

("Temple" by C. A. Brown) This was probably my most elaborate sketchbook doodle and I ended up digitally editing it and making it look more artistic.

(“Temple” by C. A. Brown)
This was probably my most elaborate sketchbook doodle and I ended up digitally editing it and making it look more artistic.

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Anyway, I hope that this was fun 🙂

Even more NEVER SEEN BEFORE art and comics from my sketchbooks!

2015 Artwork Sketchbooks february title graphic

Well, I was short of both time and ideas when it came to making today’s blog post, so I thought that I’d show you some more random “never seen before” art and badly-drawn comics from my sketchbooks today.

Sorry about this. Hopefully I’ll write a proper article for tomorrow – but I hope that you enjoy this glimpse into my sketchbooks nonetheless 🙂

(Most of these pictures and comics can also be enlarged by clicking on them too.)

Anyway, let’s get started:

This was an unfinished sci-fi drawing I made a few weeks ago. At the time I wasn't feeling very confident in my abilities, so I wrote it off as "terrible" and left it unfinished. But, looking at it again, it might be worth finishing...

This was an unfinished sci-fi drawing I made a few weeks ago. At the time I wasn’t feeling very confident in my abilities, so I wrote it off as “terrible” and left it unfinished. But, looking at it again, it might be worth finishing…

THIS is the horrifying truth behind old-school FPS games (like "Doom")!

THIS is the horrifying truth behind old-school FPS games (like “Doom”)!

This is a random page from my sketchbook, that also features Suzy from my old "CRIT" comic series in the bottom right corner of the page.

This is a random page from my sketchbook, that also features Suzy from my old “CRIT” comic series in the bottom right corner of the page.

Well, I was watching an episode of "NCIS", when I suddenly had this hilarious idea for a Wild West-themed comic.

Well, I was watching an episode of “NCIS”, when I suddenly had this hilarious idea for a Wild West-themed comic.

This was a badly-drawn picture of Katniss Everdeen that I drew when I was watching the second "Hunger Games" movie on DVD a few weeks ago.

This was a badly-drawn picture of Katniss Everdeen that I drew when I was watching the second “Hunger Games” movie on DVD a few weeks ago.

This was a totally random idea for a character that I had a few weeks ago.

This was a totally random idea for a character that I had a few weeks ago.

I was watching "The Young Turks" on Youtube a couple of months ago, when I noticed that all of the presenters' jackets were colour co-ordinated. And, well, I felt like making a Rothko-style modern art doodle based on this. Since it's modern art, this little scribble is probably worth millions....

I was watching “The Young Turks” on Youtube a couple of months ago, when I noticed that all of the presenters’ jackets were colour co-ordinated. And, well, I felt like making a Rothko-style modern art doodle based on this. Since it’s modern art, this little scribble is probably worth millions….

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Anyway, I hope that this glimpse into my sketchbooks was interesting 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article for tomorrow.

NEVER SEEN BEFORE! Sketchbook pages and failed paintings :)

2014 Artwork It's more sketchbook pages again sketch

Well, since I can’t think of a good idea for a proper article today, I thought that I’d take you on yet another mysterious tour through the unseen pages of my sketchbooks.

And, as a bonus, I’ll also include a few failed paintings (in various stages of completion. Most of them are just unfinished lineart, but one is a finished piece of fan art I decided not to post here on the 27th October [?]) and an alternate version of a painting that I posted here back in September.

(Although it’s hopefully obvious, you can click on each of the images in this post to see a larger version of them.)

So, let’s get started 🙂

This is the original colour version of the "Not Quite Bill Hicks" painting I posted here in September.  Unforutnately, I messed up the skin tones in this picture - which made it look like something from a horror movie.

This is the original colour version of the “Not Quite Bill Hicks” painting I posted here in September. Unforutnately, I messed up the skin tones in this picture – which made it look like something from a horror movie.

It's a drawing of a Victorian villain and an account of a dream where I bought  ludicrously overpriced drinks in a restaurant.

It’s a drawing of a Victorian villain and an account of a dream where I bought ludicrously overpriced drinks in a restaurant.

This was a failed idea for a comedy painting that I'd planned to post on here a couple of weeks ago.

This was a failed idea for a comedy painting that I’d planned to post on here a couple of weeks ago.

This was my original plan for the "Seven Useless Sources Of Artistic Inspiration" cartoon I posted on here sometime in September or October (?). Sorry about the censorship, but I'm not quite sure what the rules are for profanity and nudity on WordPress.

This was my original plan for the “Seven Useless Sources Of Artistic Inspiration” cartoon I posted on here sometime in September or October (?). Sorry about the censorship, but I’m not quite sure what the rules are for profanity and nudity on WordPress.

This was an attempt to draw the sea at sunset, based on a scene I saw in an episode of "Burn Notice".

This was an attempt to draw the sea at sunset, based on a scene I saw in an episode of “Burn Notice”.

This is the unfinished lineart for a "Doom" style painting that I'd planned to make a few months ago.

This is the unfinished lineart for a “Doom” style painting that I’d planned to make a few months ago.

This was a failed attempt at making a painting of Claudia Black and Lena Headey. I'd originally planned to post this on here on the 27th October (?), but I didn't really feel like it was quite good enough - so I replaced it with a generic landscape painting at the time.

This was a failed attempt at making a painting of Claudia Black and Lena Headey. I’d originally planned to post this on here on the 27th October (?), but I didn’t really feel like it was quite good enough – so I replaced it with a generic landscape painting at the time.

These were my plans for the "April Fools' Day" article I posted here earlier this year. And, yes, I'd originally planned to include a 'trollface' picture at the end of it.

These were my plans for the “April Fools’ Day” article I posted here earlier this year. And, yes, I’d originally planned to include a ‘trollface’ picture at the end of it.

These were some random doodles based on a webcomic I made in 2010 called "Yametry Run".

These were some random doodles based on a webcomic I made in 2010 called “Yametry Run”.

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Although I’ll post my usual monthly “top ten” article here tomorrow, hopefully I’ll think of some ideas for proper (non-filler) articles for January.

Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂

More Random Pages From My Sketchbooks

Yay! More stuff from the vault!

Yay! More stuff from the vault!

Well, since I couldn’t think of a good idea for an article for today – I thought that I’d show you all some cool stuff from my sketchbooks 🙂

If you want to see more stuff from my sketchbooks, then it can be found here.

Anyway, most of this is old stuff from 2013 and it includes a “never seen before” political “Damania” comic which I thought was too controversial to publish at the time (it’s both anti-conservative and anti-liberal) as well as unseen plans for some of the comics that I made last year too.

I’ll also include a couple of more recent pages from my sketchbooks too. Enjoy 🙂

These are some plans for a chapter of my old "Stories" comic from last year.

These are some plans for a chapter of my old “Stories” comic from last year.

Yes, this is a "Damania" comic that I thought was too political (or at least too cynical about politics - at least in the UK)

Yes, this is a “Damania” comic that I thought was too political (or at least too cynical about politics – at least in the UK)

This is both the second page and the plans for the second page of my old "Anachrony II" comic from last year.

This is both the second page and the plans for the second page of my old “Anachrony II” comic from last year.

More old comic planning from 2013. Sorry about the censorship, I'm never quite sure whether I can say "F***" on this site (or show any cleavage) without getting a "Mature Content" rating.

More old comic planning from 2013. Sorry about the censorship, I’m never quite sure whether I can say “F***” on this site (or show any cleavage) without getting a “Mature Content” rating.

This is another page from 2013. Wow! I can't believe that it's been over two years since I made my original "Observation" drawing.

This is another page from 2013. Wow! I can’t believe that it’s been over two years since I made my original “Observation” drawing.

These are some of the preliminary sketches for my "Ed And The Owls" painting from July.

These are some of the preliminary sketches for my “Ed And The Owls” painting from July.

These are some random doodles I made in May this year.

These are some random doodles I made in May this year.

This was a preliminary sketch for the illustrated extract from Poe's "The Raven" that I posted earlier this year.

This was a preliminary sketch for the illustrated extract from Poe’s “The Raven” that I posted earlier this year.

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Hopefully, I’ll write a real article for tomorrow, but I hope that this glimpse into my sketchbooks was interesting 🙂

Why Should You Keep Two Sketchbooks? (And Never-Seen-Before Pages From My Sketchbooks)

2014 Artwork Two Sketchbooks Sketch

If you’ve been creating art for a while, then you probably already keep a sketchbook. In fact, you probably have several (I have at two in use at any one time – an A4 watercolour sketchbook and an A5 plain paper sketchbook).

But, if you’re just starting out as an artist, then I’ll explain why it’s a good idea to keep at least two sketchbooks.

Why?

Well, it’s pretty simple really – you keep one sketchbook for the high-quality work that you want to show other people and you keep one sketchbook for the low-quality work that you don’t show anyone. This might sound slightly strange, but you need the low-quality sketchbook in order to make stuff for the high-quality one.

This is because the low-quality sketchbook is where you do all of your practice, try out new artistic techniques and possibly plan out ideas for the pictures you plan to draw and/or paint in your larger sketchbook. In addition to this, it can end up serving as a diary, a general notebook, somewhere to doodle when you’re bored and about a thousand other things too.

To use a rather clunky metaphor, your low-quality sketchbook is the “soil” that everything in your high-quality sketchbook grows out of. And, by keeping your low-quality and high-quality material in separate books, you’ll be able to impress people a lot more easily whenever you show off your work.

Not only that, keeping two sketchbooks allows you to self-censor your work, whilst still allowing you to express yourself at the same time. For example, my high-quality watercolour sketchbooks just contain paintings that I’d be happy to show to almost anyone.

But my low-quality sketchbooks contain all sorts of random cartoons (some of them are pretty rude..), satirical sketches, introspective poetry, random drawing practice and things like that. If you keep two sketchbooks, then you can keep one private and keep one for public consumption.

In addition to this, it’s best to use spiral-bound sketchbooks if you can, for the simple reason that it’s both easier to remove pages (if you want to frame anything or send your art anywhere) and it’s also much easier to scan pages from a spiral-bound sketchbook than it is to scan pages from a hardback sketchbook.

Well, since this is about all I can think to say about sketchbooks at the moment, I thought that I’d show you a few carefully selected pages from my own low-quality sketchbooks in case you were curious about them (click on the pictures for a larger version):

My plans for a sci-fi comic I never made called "Orbis Viridis"

My plans for a sci-fi comic I never made called “Orbis Viridis”

The (slightly censored) plans for my unfinished and abandoned "Ephemera" comic.

The (slightly censored) plans for my unfinished and abandoned “Ephemera” comic.

The REAL reason why I can't draw "Simpsons"-style art.

The REAL reason why I can’t draw “Simpsons”-style art.

My attempt at drawing something with an old pen from the 1990s that I found a few months ago.

My attempt at drawing something with an old pen from the 1990s that I found a few months ago.

This was when I was trying to work out how to draw the outlines of people's faces in a more realistic way.

This was when I was trying to work out how to draw the outlines of people’s faces in a more realistic way.

Some random planning for two "Damania" comics I made late last year

Some random planning for two “Damania” comics I made late last year

The sketchbook page that contains the little sketch at the beginning of this article.

The sketchbook page that contains the little sketch at the beginning of this article.

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Sorry for the ridiculously short article, but I hope it was interesting 🙂