Sketchbook

As an artist and writer, I try to keep a sketchbook on hand at all times to doodle and jot down ideas. This sketchbook will be a collection of drawings, doodles, process work and other things of interest.

Most images have been cropped to fit, so don't forget to click to see the full image!

It's pretty much been established that I'm horrible at updates. The sketchbook will be updated, just not on any particular schedule.

Tuesday, July 24th 2007

Curve-Winged Rat

The last of my winged rats that I created, this guy has an accidental curve of the wing that I actually ended up enjoying. He sports lowset Dumbo ears rather than top-ears.

Wednesday, July 11th 2007

Broken-Winged Rat

I made this winged rat back in the spring, but only recently got around to photographing him. He was a pretty good improvement on the first attempted at winged rats, but unfortunately he suffered a nasty fall from the coffee table (courtesy of my own clumsiness) and broke a wing, along with a few of his fellow rats. Eventually I'll get some super glue and patch them up..

Wednesday, July 4th 2007

Ratbellies!

A year or two ago, I joined a virtual dog-showing game/community called Furry Paws, where the sale of art for virtual (and sometimes real) money is common practice. Though it might seem foolish to do art for fake money, I find it a useful way of honing my skills. I made and sold these 'Ratbelly' images to be used as avatars.

Sunday, May 13th 2007

MacRatLove: Live!

MacRatLove, my autobiographical webcomic, is now live. I've posted three comics so far, although I don't expect the updates to be regular (if you frequent the sketchbook, you'll notice that I'm not very good at regular updates).

Sunday, May 6th 2007

A Ratly Miscellany

I hadn't realized how long it's been since I'd updated. The end of the school semester has been somewhat frantic and stressful, but now that I'm done I should have more time to post. Anyway, to make up for my absence, I present a ratly miscellany:

I've always been a fan of random photo manipulations, especially making my own desktop backgrounds. I've been using the same background since last November, so I figured it was time for a change. Browsing through some recent photographs, I happened upon a beautiful shot of my boy Rezzie running. Combined with the lyrics of In This Twilight, a Nine Inch Nails song I've been recently enjoying, I made this new backdrop.

Speaking of Nine Inch Nails geekdom, I've recently found myself amused by the Alternate Reality Game centered around their new album Year Zero. "Art is Resistance" is a popular slogan, but I think they got the letters mixed up -- I much prefer "Rat is Resistance".

I've yet to launch my much-delayed rat-based webcomic, MacRatLove, although I did manage to post another 'filler image' on the main page the other day. I'm hoping that the summer will see the launch of the comic in full.

Sunday, April 15th 2007

Rat Hat

I like hats. Specifically, I like to design and make them. I have a few very nice fleece hats, but I've decided that, with summer rolling in, I need a lighter, warm-weather hat, so I've been drafting designs for a new one. This is one of many designs I've been planning.

Friday, April 6th 2007

Flying Glass Rat

The glass rat menagerie continues to grow! Recently I've been experimenting with winged rats. This is my first attempt, but I did another earlier this week that I'm just waiting to anneal. Once I get a nice collection, I'd like to string them up on fishing line so that they're floating.

Sunday, April 1st 2007

Allister and Voltaire

While rummaging through some old papers, I stumbled across this drawing, which I drew while on a roadtrip to South Carolina with my family. It depicts my first two rats, Voltaire and Allister.

Friday, March 23rd 2007

MacRatLove

Over the past few months I've been brainstorming a comic series entitled MacRatLove. It is an autobiographical comic, except for all the characters are rats. This is a sketch of the main character, based on myself.

Friday, March 16th 2007

Glass Rats

Once again I've found myself too busy to update in a timely fashion, so here are four new additions to the sketchbook.

I've been blowing glass on and off for about two years. I'll admit, I'm not very good at it, but I find it very enjoyable, simultaneously exciting and relaxing. Only this winter did I progress from the typical blown glass cup to sculpted rats.

My opportunities to work in the glass studio are limited, and I don't always get a finished piece out of working (sometimes it breaks, sometimes I'm just not satisfied with how it's progressing so I'll trash it). As a result, I only have five finished rats so far. The first rat was unfortunately broken when Rezzie knocked it over, so shown from top to bottom are my second, third, fourth and fifth attempts at sculpting rats. The first three had their faces snap off in the process of breaking the piece from the punty rod, but at my teacher's recommendation I found a different way of working that allowed me to save the faces.

Friday, March 9th 2007

More Rockstar Rats

Another of my rockstar rat drawings, this was done in Photoshop with a Wacom Intuos tablet. Musician rats prove difficult for me, as they require longer limbs than the usual short, stocky rats I tend to draw.

Tuesday, March 6th 2007

Sketches of Allister

To make up for my lack of updates over the past week, I'm posting three new sketches today.

These are drawings of Allister, done from life, over a period of two months in which he was quite ill. They will be included in a publication that should be available within the next couple of months.

Allister's Song is a full-color paperback, illustrated in both photographs and drawings, that chronicles the ups and downs of caring for a dying pet. Don't forget to subscribe to the Better Holes and Garbage Newsletter to keep up with this upcoming book.

Wednesday, February 21st 2007

Mardi Gras

In honor of Mardi Gras, I hunted down this drawing I did to illustrate a true tale of encountering a rat in New Orleans. The rat has a string of Mardi Gras beads wrapped around his neck like a collar and leash.

Monday, February 19th 2007

Sketches of Rezzie

I try to make a point of drawing from life as often as possible. That can be difficult with a constantly moving model. I'll usually get a few base lines down for the anatomy then elaborate on those from memory and other observations. Patience helps. So does food.

Wednesday, February 14th 2007

Rockin' Rats

An avid fan of rock band Nine Inch Nails, I was compelled to make a series of drawings based on the members, although I never quite got around to drawing them all. These two rats have since been cleaned up and added to the Better Holes and Garbage Store. These were my first attempts at anthropomorphized rats.

Monday, February 12th 2007

Morgenstern

Another of my early works, this image was drawn in memory of my rat Morgenstern, who had recently passed away. This image has since been cleaned up and added to the Better Holes and Garbage Store.

Wednesday, February 7th 2007

Cupcaaaake!

One of the first sketches in my current sketchbook, this picture is one of my first attempts at drawing stylized rats. The squarish-ears carried over to later works, although the large, humanized eyes were soon abandoned. Although I meant the rat to look like a hooded, many people commented that the white area looked like he had been shaved!

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