sketchbooks

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Here are some more of my sketchbook spreads that I did after watching Lisa Congdon’s class on Creativebug.

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Here’s the link to the class:
https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/more-sketchbook-explorations/more-sketchbook-explorations-gel-pen-drawings-on-colored-paper/?auto=1

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Waves and seagulls

sketchbook

A spread from my sketchbook after watching the first part of Lisa Congdon’s Sketchbook Explorations class on Creativebug:

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Here’s a link to the class:

https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/more-sketchbook-explorations

Don’t know what to draw, draw a dragon

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I haven’t drawn anything for a few weeks now because I injured my right hand while lifting some heavy boxes, but now it’s finally  better enough to draw with a pencil (it turns out drawing with pens requires a lot more physical effort).

Anyway, I wanted to draw something and just chose the first thing that popped into my head, which happened to be a dragon. Being a big nerd when it comes to dragons, I wanted to draw one that’s anatomically convincing, so I started with a skeleton sketch, then printed it out and traced it for the final drawing.

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Some sketchbook pages

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Dragon City #3

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The paint is finally dry, so I was able to take a photo:

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I also took a couple pictures of the painting process:

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It’s not the first painting in this series, so here are some of the older paintings and sketches:

white forest  |  oil on canvas

white forest (dragon city #2)| oil on canvas

dragon city  #1 |  oil on canvas

dragon city #1 | oil on canvas

Dragon City sketch

Dragon City sketch

A portrait of my niece

drawing

Made a pencil sketch of my youngest niece from a photo:

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two spring-inspired watercolors

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red birds

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My latest watercolor:

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It’s really simple, but I like how it turned out. Even with the paper being all wavy.

And here’s my in-progress photo from Instagram:

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Another Mandarin textbook illustration sketch

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I made some more sketches of the same character from the Mandarin Chinese textbook I use at work, a Russian girl called Lena who is studying in China. I was curious to see if I could make several sketches of the same character so that she would be recognizable – I’ve never really tried it before. And I guess I’m satisfied with the results, enough at least to try moving on to doing the same thing with some other character from the same textbook.

I guess part of why I like making illustrations for this textbook is that it reminds me of my own time in China (I studied there for 2 years, not counting all the short trips). I was drawing this Chinese food on the table, and I almost felt the taste of steamed dumplings from that little place near our campus in Shanghai. When I graw this sketches, I attribute my own experience to the characters and it makes them a lot more real for me, more like personal acquaintances than just generic textbook characters. And since I teach using this textbook everyday anyway, this adds another dimention to the teaching process. Plus it’ s good illustration practice, of course.