References: sketching and field trips

Sketching from life (still life, life drawing, field sketching) is a handy exercise to keep your eye trained that reference drawing can’t compare to. In this case, a field trip to a zoo that had a small variety of deer proved relaxing, informative, and downright fun. Most of the sketches were tonal or gestural. There were definitely angles of how the jaw located to the neck, unusual behaviors which the deer displayed, and  new body physiology that a reference photo (even Google’s hoard) couldn’t really display (re: folds in the fur, environmental details).

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Needless to say, if you can get out there and sketch your subject (even little thumbnails), it’ll improve your drawing and educate your artistic endeavors.

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From the Archive: “Geeky Binary Tattoo Sketch”

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Just a fast rough of a very nerdy geeky tattoo illustration featuring binary! A that lil’ orange guy? The lovely Smashing Magazine mascot. The round guy rolls around the studio making sure all is running smoothly.

This post first appeared on February 2nd, 2014. The loveable cute plush Smashing Magazine mascot was a prize won as a result of being a winning submission (“Pantone Catalyst”) for Smashing Magazine’s annual photography 2013 contest.

From the Archive: “Narwhal Martini”

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I say, what a cheery chap, old sport! Looks like One Day One Sketch is laying down the ink and linework for the Narwhale Martini illustration tattoo design sketch. Just dapper!

Concocted from a very clever and quite brilliant suggestion from one of our awesome fellow bloggers, Kevin B., this illustration design features a very dapper narwhal martini with a olive skewer. We tip our (mini-Narwhal sized) top hats to you, of course.

This post first appeared on March 2nd-March 4th, 2014. Prints, stickers, and swag available here for a limited time.

(c) Rebecca Miller illustration

From the Archive: Self-portraits

From January 21st, 2015 blog post

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Realizing this now, there hasn’t been a self portrait done in about ten years. Really. It’s not a subject I pursue (one i avoid) but with this graphic novel coming into the forefront this quick lil piece helped breakthrough some stylistic goals and rubric that I wanted the feel of novel to towards. Call it the beginning character sheet for what’s to come.

From January 25th, 2015 blog post

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This is a very simple sketched out visual solution to part of the style I’m aiming to render most if not all of the graphic novel in. Playing heftily on the use of positive and negative space as well as three main colors: black, white, and tan.

This is a rough sketch of “drained”. Or when that feeling when you get when something (energy, belief, life force etc) is just leaking out somehow. Its a concept that’s been rolling around in my noggin for some time but hasn’t properly executed itself until about a day or ago.

From November 10th, 2015 blog post

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From the Archive: “Perfect Scales Sketch”

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I remember this sketching/drawing exercise to work on hand/line rhythm waaaaay back in the day via something similar to a book in the “Draw 50” or Ed Emberley series. In this case, it showed a similarly tutorial how to draw “perfect” scales and to identify symmetrical line patterns.

Recently, it showed up on an older episode of “Miami Ink”, I think. There was an episode where the infamously brilliant tattoo artist Ami James was giving an eerily similar tutorial on this sketching technique. Curious, indeed.