Welcome to the Winnipeg Sketchbook project. Having been long time doodlers, part-time artists, avid comicbook readers, and pseudo-creative types, we thought it'd be fun to spin ourselves a little site where we can the post progress on our current Sketchbook Project books. Browse around, and if you want to get involved, send us an email at email@example.com.
Twitter, like email and any text-based medium, loses a lot of context and intention in its communication. You don't get the tone or emotion of the author. You have to infer a lot of that yourself based on the few words you have available. Twitter is doubly potent because you are choosing what you're reading and what you're reading into it.
I recently got a set of shading markers as a gift from a friend. I very much prefer working with greys than with full-color markers, as its closer to the pencil shading I grew up doing.
This was a pun I doodled pretty quickly late last night. Data looks a bit odd, but I think I got Picard pretty spot on.
Tomorrow will be Leanne's last Secret Handshake in Winnipeg. After four years championing a successful creative meetup, she's jetting off to bigger, better, brighter things. Whereever she lands, they're lucky to have her and her enthusiaism. Keep smiling, Leanna, and we'll always have a pint put aside for you! :)
Last week, I went to see the HD remaster of the 1922 expressionist horror film, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. Seeing actor Max Schreck is such striking black and white inspired me to play with inks, textures, and halftones.
I've come to the conclusion that I need a lot more practice with inking. That, and I need to come up with more excuses to use halftones. I adore halftones! :)
Last week's Secret Handshake meetup had a "gaming" theme, and people were encouraged to bring tabletop and video games to show off and/or play. If you're looking to bring a table game to a pub, I highly recommend Jenga; it got surprisingly competitive and progressively rowdier as the evening went on!
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Viscount Howick, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. His administration saw the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. With all that under his belt, he deserves the smarminess.
This is another of the office's tea sketches. The teapot had a combination of Earl's Grey and Gunpowder Green, inspiring this doodle.
Over the last couple years Matt Smith has grown into one of my favourite Doctors. Working alongside Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, his incarnation of the British character has brought a lot of the fun and wonder back to the show.
I doodled this rather quickly over lunch and mostly from memory. It was more of an excuse to play with the available markers again. I'm obviously limited by the thicknesses and colours at hand... but that can be fixed with a stop to the local art store next paycheque.
I have the thought that a witch-cowboy hybrid would make for a fun fictional character. Drawing wands out of belt holsters at high noon, riding brooms through desert valleys after stage coaches. There's potential there!
In this case, I wanted to do something in colour but only had whiteboard dry-erase markers available, hence the primary clown colours... though, looking at it now, there might be some potential in this, too.
When some developers went on vacation over the summer, we were worried if we would get along without them. Their glaring stares, their bearded magnificence… our only option was to make construction paper facsimiles that we could share as masks. They were perfect for settling coding disputes and for sneaking into Secret Handshake meet-ups! :)