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May 2019 Sketchbook Tour

In this video I share my May 2019 sketchbook. Mostly black, pen and ink drawings of owls, figure drawings, faces, and flowers.

This is a Moleskine brand sketchbook. I’m not sure when I got it, but it was great for pen and ink style drawings.

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Drawing a Macaw in my Sketchbook

I decided to start the day with this mixed media macaw drawing in my sketchbook. Using pen and watercolor I made this messy macaw drawing.

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Quick Elephant Sketch

In this video I decided to draw an elephant. Keeping things mellow by starting the drawing slowly with a bic pen.

After looking at the initial drawing I thought it needed more energy. So I added a black watercolor wash to the shadow areas. Then I went over some of the lines with a more inky pen.

I hope you enjoy this speed drawing video.

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April 2019 Sketchbook Tour

In this video I take you on a tour of my April 2019 sketchbook. This is one of the sketchbooks I took on my 3 month trip throughout SouthEast Asia.

You’ll see pages of my sketchbook where I drew with everything from pen and ink to watercolor.

I believe a sketchbook is a place where you can draw without worrying about perfection. A place to capture your ideas and the things you see in a creative way… and with whatever medium you want.

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Sketching Faces in my Sketchbook

In this video I show you my morning sketchbook warm-up of drawing faces. I only spent a few minutes on each face, but it helps me break the ice with the drawings I make later in the day.

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July 2018 Sketchbook Tour

A sketchbook tour featuring my sketches from the past 2 weeks. I used mostly Bic pen in this sketchbook.

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Rabbit in Sketchbook Speed Drawing

In this video you’ll see a timelapse of a sketchbook drawing I made. I usually drink my coffee in my backyard to start the day so I shot some b-roll of my yard to interject in this drawing video.

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Sharpie Raven Speed Drawing

In this video I drew a raven with a sharpie marker.

I often keep note of which markers are running out of ink because they create interesting textures. They’re also helpful for shading because you have more control over how much ink builds up.

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Crow Speed Drawing

In this video I drew a crow. Even though crows are black, their feathers create a lot of interesting textures when they reflect the light.

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Ganesha Speed Drawing

In this video I drew Ganesha. Many many lines. Total time to draw was around 20 minutes. I’m trying to focus more on staying loose with my drawings which is why I’m mostly laying down a lot of contour and thought lines.

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Toucans in the Jungle Speed Drawing

In this video I’m showing you a speed drawing of a toucan and flower sketches.

Often when I’m drawing in my sketchbook I’ll layer drawings in and around and on top of each other. An easy way to make your sketchbook pages look more interesting.

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Sketchbook Tour 2017

In this video I share my favorite sketches from 2017.

I had a great time drawing this year. Typically, I rip out my favorite drawings after I complete a sketchbook and put them in a portfolio case to protect them. This helps me save space and wrap my head around what I’ve made during the year.

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Drawing at a coffee shop

A few times a week Nalena and I go to a coffee shop to draw. We both work at home so it’s nice to get out. On this day we decided to ride my moto to James Coffee Co in downtown San Diego.

Sometimes it can feel strange drawing in public. You feel like people are always looking over your shoulder (sometimes they do). But it’s good practice to help you feel less afraid of sharing your work. Many times over the course of an hour people would walk up and ask to see our drawings. It was so much fun.

I hope you enjoy the video.