Our Winnipeg Sketchbook Project

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 sketchy@visuallizard.com.

Owl Be Right Here

Owl Be Right Here

Wil Alambre It's an owl with a snorkel. I shouldn't have to justify it. It shouldn't have to justify itself. It can snorkel if it wants to.

Hera

Hera

Ross McDowall We have been working on a new exhibition website for the WAG called Olympus. The focus of the exhibit is Greco-Roman sculpture and art from 3 museums in Berlin Germany. This is my sketch of the sculpture of Hera.

Dali Sketch

Dali Sketch

Ross McDowall We had been working on a site for the WAG late last year and in a spare moment I originally sketched Salvador Dali's left eye from one of the promotional pieces we received. This is the final sketch of Dali's face.

Noise of your own making

Noise of your own making

Wil Alambre 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.

Jump Me, Bro

Jump Me, Bro

Wil Alambre Its a shark with a somewhat ironic shirt. Mostly, it was an excuse to get some quick practice in with my shading markers and my new brush pen. I need to learn to ink with a much steadier hand before I'm completely happy with the results.

1970s Avengers

1970s Avengers

Wil Alambre Based on the fan-made promo of a fictional 1970s made-for-tv Avengers movie, starring all your favourite heroes! The video is available on Youtube, and i recommend you track it down. Its both terrible and amazing :)

Make It Sew

Make It Sew

Wil Alambre 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.

Unicorn vs Bear

Unicorn vs Bear

Wil Alambre During a Friday staff lunch, I was passed a sketchbook and asked to quickly doodle a unicorn fighting a bear while the queen of England watched. It might be an allegory. Something to do with american independence day.

Farewell Leanne

Farewell Leanne

Wil Alambre 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! :)

Hells Angels Ballooning Club For Dandy Gentlemen

Hells Angels Ballooning Club For Dandy Gentlemen

Wil Alambre I suppose, if there were a Hells Angels equivalent in a steampunk-ish victorian england times, it would be more thematically appropriate for them to be riding penny farthings rather than flying in hot air balloons... oh well... :)

Octopi in Helmets

Octopi in Helmets

Wil Alambre I was looking at octopus tentacles and how they twist about underwater. Somewhere along the way, I was looking at the different shapes of diving and cosmonaut helmets. Somehow, the two came together...?

Count Orlok

Count Orlok

Wil Alambre 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! :)

Championship Jenga

Championship Jenga

Wil Alambre 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!

MailChimp

MailChimp

Wil Alambre Someone was having a wee bit of trouble working with newsletter templates this afternoon... :)

Secretly Handshaking

Secretly Handshaking

Wil Alambre Time for a good ole fashioned meetup. Meet new people and chat about creative things. No agenda. No stuffy speeches. Just hang-outs with Winnipeg's creative professionals!

Earl Grey Gunpowder

Earl Grey Gunpowder

Wil Alambre 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.

Geronimo!

Geronimo!

Wil Alambre 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.

Molly Greenwitch

Molly Greenwitch

Wil Alambre 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.

a good start.

a good start.

Craig Medwyduk Moving jobs, moving life, im seriously in a in between stage... hopefully through my sketches you will see some resolve. But not at this time.

Gunpowder Green

Gunpowder Green

Wil Alambre Here at the office, we use sketches like these to politely indicate what flavour of tea is currently brewing in the opaque pot. This one is inspired by gunpowder tea's tang dynasty origins and the tea's distinctive rolled pellet shape.

Developer Masks

Developer Masks

Wil Alambre 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! :)

tea time book 2

tea time book 2

Julian Moffatt Experimenting with lettering for a page in my sketchbook project. #notinmyproject

Pothead

Pothead

Wil Alambre We have a green teapot here in the office that reminds me of stuffy british parliamentarians.

Department ! dnuoF

Department ! dnuoF

Julian Moffatt Working on the start of my sketchbook project.

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