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Munin Raven
11-09-2013, 11:01 AM
Hi all,

Over the past few years, my sketchbooks have mostly been sat on a shelf gathering dust. I think I've only picked up a pencil once or twice so far this year, but I recently received two more sketchbooks as birthday gifts to add to the pile. I figure the friends who gave me new books will at some point inquire as to what I've been filling them with, and I don't like the idea of having to respond in a shame faced manner.

I guess opening up my pencil wrap, because of a feeling of guilt, isn't the best reason to start sketching again; but so far it's proved to be somewhat successful. Hopefully I can get back into a regular groove and, maybe, even get to the end of one or two sketchbooks by this time next year. Fingers (and pencil extenders) crossed. :crossfingers:

Along with my two new sketchbooks (16x21cm Fabriano Ingres softback two tone journal & Reeves A4 hardback), I'll also probably be switching between two super smooth Sterling Publishing archival 22x28cm hardbacks (one I bought with the idea of using solely for maritime studies), and a bunch of other cheap sketchbooks that I've picked up but so far only partially filled.

Here's my first opening offerings to the graphite gods... :)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0214_zps88bb7a7c.jpg (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0214_zps88bb7a7c.jpg.html)
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0215_zps39b100a9.jpg (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0215_zps39b100a9.jpg.html)
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0213_zps57518cff.jpg (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0213_zps57518cff.jpg.html)

11-09-2013, 02:43 PM
Welcome Munin. Interesting sketches. Do you have a custom stamp for your titles and dates?

11-11-2013, 01:13 PM
I like :)

Joan T
11-13-2013, 09:58 PM
Your sketches are really good and different.

11-18-2013, 03:52 PM
Oh wow! Great work!

11-19-2013, 01:28 AM
Very interesting! I envy your patience with drawing details!

Munin Raven
11-30-2013, 09:31 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, guys.
@DrDebby: The stamp is just one of those cheap rubber sets.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0211_zpsa674b769.jpg (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0211_zpsa674b769.jpg.html)
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0216_zps275c19be.jpg (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0216_zps275c19be.jpg.html)
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0217_zps9a1fd1c6.jpg (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/Munin_Sketchbook_0217_zps9a1fd1c6.jpg.html)

11-30-2013, 03:04 PM
Cool drawings.

12-09-2013, 11:53 AM
WOW, great drawings.

Joan T
12-16-2013, 11:02 PM
Very expressive drawings.

12-17-2013, 06:20 AM
What a range of subjects! Great :)

Munin Raven
04-30-2016, 02:48 PM
My thanks for your encouraging remarks... even though I'm replying a few years too late. :( All I can do is try, again, to break out of my self inflicted graphite procrastination. It's become very annoying.

First try today with a walk in local woodlands...

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/0211_zps84gfeewd.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/0211_zps84gfeewd.jpg.html)

Deborah Susan Hill
04-30-2016, 04:43 PM
Wow! Great studies. Now I'm gonna have zombie nightmares during my afternoon nap.. yikes! Draw some more! your work is great!

Saint Ragdoll
05-01-2016, 03:32 AM
I really like the zombies/monsters. I have a really hard time drawing from my imagination. If it's in front of me or I am looking at a photo , I can do a decent job of drawing it.
Please post more of your sketches!
Saint Ragdoll

Minerva C
05-01-2016, 03:54 AM
Great drawings! You have canged my way of looking at chestnuts for ever.

Munin Raven
05-01-2016, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the encouragement. :thumbsup:

Deborah: Oops. Hope your snooze was a pleasant one. :p
Saint: Thank you. I view fantastical elements as always being grounded in reality one way or another. It's just a case of manipulating what you already know about the real world.
Minerva: Haha... not to their detriment, I hope. :lol:

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a4_004_zpsptqyhcac.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a4_004_zpsptqyhcac.jpg.html)

05-01-2016, 04:30 PM
Great portraits.

Munin Raven
05-02-2016, 02:31 AM
Thank you, Dr Debby.

This morning I learned that ripping your own sketches up is actually rather fun and liberating. :)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_002_zpsdhtbejp7.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_002_zpsdhtbejp7.jpg.html)

05-02-2016, 08:01 PM
Is it? Hmm... I do that with my written journals, but that is because I don't want anyone to read what I wrote. I see you made a collage afterwards. Interesting.

05-03-2016, 07:31 AM
Superb drawings.

Munin Raven
05-06-2016, 10:56 AM
Thanks, guys.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_003_zpsffvjvlux.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_003_zpsffvjvlux.jpg.html)

Munin Raven
05-07-2016, 06:17 AM
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_003_zpsfe6yfhja.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_003_zpsfe6yfhja.jpg.html)

05-07-2016, 04:11 PM
both great! I like the way you tangle the subjects together so they integrate. The texture on the rocks and ledges is lovely and well observed :)

chammi kaiser
05-20-2016, 04:27 AM
Goodness, your drawings are fantastic. You could frame each one as a work of art in itself.

05-20-2016, 02:16 PM
Marvelous drawings.

05-30-2016, 10:41 AM
Fantastic drawings! :D

Munin Raven
06-10-2016, 11:03 AM
Many thanks for the encouraging words, guys. :)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_004_zps62lycir0.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_004_zps62lycir0.jpg.html)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_005_zpsre5sqchb.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_005_zpsre5sqchb.jpg.html)

06-13-2016, 05:22 PM
...super drawings, great graphite work, I echo what others have already said, interesting and different, enjoyed looking at your journal...👍🏼

Joan T
06-13-2016, 09:52 PM
Beautiful drawings! I'm glad you revived this thread.

06-14-2016, 03:28 PM
Interesting juxtaposition on these. Lovely work.

chammi kaiser
06-15-2016, 03:09 AM
I am really enjoying your drawings. They are inspiring.

Munin Raven
06-20-2016, 03:33 PM
As always, I really appreciate your words of encouragement. Please don't be shy on any critique either... It's like gold dust to me. :) I tend to get stuck in a flow and don't pick up on mistakes that I will then continually make.

I was very pleased this morning to discover a sketchbook I thought I had lost, but found wedged down the back of my bedside table. I only filled a few pages, so I figured I'd post them and then continue to fill it with new scribbles. So now I have 5 graphite sketchbooks on the go (plus a cute little square one that I'm itching to attack). Oh well... better buy a few more pencils, haha. :rolleyes:

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_002_zpsmdtt9boi.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_002_zpsmdtt9boi.jpg.html)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_003_zpsutkfvmfd.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_003_zpsutkfvmfd.jpg.html)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_004_zpstpfsujwa.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_004_zpstpfsujwa.jpg.html)

06-21-2016, 05:42 PM
I really like that tree stump. It's amazing. Actually all your drawings are, but I was particularly drawn to the stump for some reason.

Munin Raven
06-24-2016, 07:44 AM
Thanks, Dr Debby. Tree stumps are always fun to sketch. :)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_005_zpsrzqqrl7k.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_005_zpsrzqqrl7k.jpg.html)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_006_zpswuiu7fyu.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_spiralbound_silver1_006_zpswuiu7fyu.jpg.html)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_006_zpsij7otryr.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_006_zpsij7otryr.jpg.html)

06-24-2016, 03:40 PM
That's a lot of teeth! Great sketches.

Munin Raven
07-04-2016, 10:39 AM
Thanks, Dr Debby. Maybe I was feeling a little peckish when I was sketching those, haha. :)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_007_zpsgbkbp0af.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_007_zpsgbkbp0af.jpg.html)

chammi kaiser
07-04-2016, 01:41 PM
Although I think your drawings are masterly , there is a sense of darkness and gloom about them which disturbs me. Is this coming from your own psyche or a statement about the very gloomy things about our environment. I am a little bit of an escapist and tend to draw what I see as the lovely aspects of the world in which I live. I am fascinated by your ability to produce terrific tones.

07-04-2016, 02:35 PM
Marvelous portrait.

Joan T
07-10-2016, 06:32 PM
You have a wonderful look to your sketches!

Munin Raven
07-20-2016, 10:40 AM
Although I think your drawings are masterly , there is a sense of darkness and gloom about them which disturbs me. Is this coming from your own psyche or a statement about the very gloomy things about our environment. I am a little bit of an escapist and tend to draw what I see as the lovely aspects of the world in which I live. I am fascinated by your ability to produce terrific tones.

Hi, Chammi. I'm sorry you find my sketches disturbing. Hopefully not too much though. I don't really see doom and gloom in anything I sketch, I just love texture and shapes. I grew up loving monsters and creepy crawlies, which might explain further, but I think the second part of your reply, where you talk about escapism and your own endevours actually answers your own question better than I could. My escapism and love, and wonder come from a wide veriety of sources. It's all good to me.

Thanks for your interest.

Debby: You seem to be everywhere giving everyone that little bit of encouragement. It always means a lot, and is noticed. Cheers.
Joan T: Many thanks.

Mellow greetings, yookie dookie! :)
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a4_005_zpsbdmjqbcs.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a4_005_zpsbdmjqbcs.jpg.html)

07-20-2016, 10:45 AM
loving the changes of mood from the skulls and teeth to the essence of 50's film stars :)

07-20-2016, 01:35 PM
Great sketch. The hair on the girl is perfect. Just the right amount of tossle to evoke that feeling of her being asleep.

Munin Raven
07-21-2016, 12:15 PM
Many thanks, Vhere & Debby. Since I was a kind I've always loved old B&W film. Nothing better for a Sunday afternoon. :heart:

Munin Raven
07-23-2016, 09:53 AM
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_004_zps3pcwpn9e.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_004_zps3pcwpn9e.jpg.html)

07-23-2016, 02:25 PM
Marvelous bird studies.

07-23-2016, 03:20 PM
love these! the movement, attitude, that sharp beak ... just great

07-23-2016, 03:20 PM
is that Welsh?

Munin Raven
07-24-2016, 12:16 PM
Thanks Debby & Vhere. Yes, it's a Welsh poem by Dafydd ap Gwilym. I don't speak the language, but apparently the English translations lose a lot of the nuance.

Some quick warm up scribbles...
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_005_zpsqzuac2qn.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_005_zpsqzuac2qn.jpg.html)

07-24-2016, 02:53 PM
"Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge...." The Princess Bride.

Great sketches of fencers in motion.

Joan T
07-25-2016, 06:50 PM
Love the birds as well as the step back in time movie characters. Both are wonderful!

07-31-2016, 07:26 AM

Munin Raven
08-05-2016, 09:33 AM
Thanks for your interest, guys.

Debby: "Inconceivable!" :lol:

My cheap old scanner has finally decided to pack up on me, so I'm having to photograph pages for the time being.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_006_zps7vmo5ubs.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_006_zps7vmo5ubs.jpg.html)

08-05-2016, 09:45 AM
You have beautiful control over pencils/graphite! Lovely :)

A thought on the previous comments about the sketches looking 'dark' or doom and gloom - I had to think of the artist Zdzislaw Beksinski whose works also look dark, scary, grim, that kind of vibe, but apparently he says some were actually more optimistic or even humorous! I personally think a lot of interpretation comes from the spectator themselves (Oscar Wilde: ".. those who read the symbol do so at their own peril, those who go beneath the surface do so at their own peril..").. anyway just a thought I had :D Beksinski's works are fantastic, if you haven't seen them, check them out :)

08-05-2016, 03:24 PM
Great textures on the rocks.

"You keep using that word..."

Joan T
08-05-2016, 10:59 PM
Nice rocks!!!

Munin Raven
08-30-2016, 02:55 PM
Boy, where has this month gone. I've been tied down with work (not necessarily a bad thing), but now I think my cat may have cancer. Just waiting for the results, and not really in the mood to pick up a pencil at the moment. :(

Anyway, I wanted to respond, but don't like doing so without posting at least something, so here's half of a double spread I started about two weeks ago. Hopefully I'll be fired up again soon. Cheers.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Odds/DSCF0732_zpskl1l730n.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Odds/DSCF0732_zpskl1l730n.jpg.html)

Aiylah: Thanks for the encouraging words. Oh, yes, I really love Beksinski's work. I have definitely seen humour in some of his pieces. Other works even I find slightly unsettling, but I feel that as good sign. The calibre of his work is so good and thought provoking. It's beautiful to me.

Debby: Cheers. And yes, I don't think that word means what I think it means, haha. But then again, I haven't quite been myself after an encounter with the... SHREAKING EELS! Or maybe the Cliffs of Insanity done my brain in? :lol:

Joan: Thanks. I do like sketching rocks. A weak spot of mine, if you will. :)

08-30-2016, 03:12 PM
Sorry about your kitty. Hope it's a false alarm. Marvelous sketch.

08-30-2016, 04:44 PM
I like rocks to draw as well :)

lovely movement in those fencers

hope your cat is ok, so worrying

Munin Raven
09-05-2016, 01:15 PM
Thanks for the well wishes Debby and Vhere. My cat, Rufus (aka Snodgrass, Boddington Boy, Bosley Chap (don't ask :) )), seems to be on the mend. The lump on his back did contain cancerous cells, but it has been removed and the veterinary surgeon was confident there's no malignant condition.

Here's a pic' of him when he was still half doped up on whatever they gave him. I make no apologies for posting it. I've already sent it to everyone and their grandmother, so I see no reason why you guys should get away. :) :) :)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Odds/DSCF0383_zpso3yzotys.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Odds/DSCF0383_zpso3yzotys.jpg.html)

As far as I'm concerned, a happy cat equates to a happy household! :)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Odds/DSCF0730_zpskxtmysmu.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Odds/DSCF0730_zpskxtmysmu.jpg.html)

Next update will be back to it. Promise. :thumbsup:

09-05-2016, 03:40 PM
So glad the kitty is ok. The picture would make a lovely reference photo.

09-12-2016, 12:58 AM
So since I've been away from the forum for a couple months, I just caught up with your thread. Impressive! I love the range of subjects that you handle equally well. Of course, given that I'm a certified bird nerd, I am partial to your masterly gull page! Absolutely accurate and full of life. Wonderful work!

Munin Raven
10-14-2016, 10:35 AM
Debby: Thanks. My cat is back to poking his nose into everything. :)
JTMB: Much appreciated. Gotta love the birdies!

I still haven't acquired a new scanner, and I don't think I'll bother. The extra desktop space is kind of nice. :lol:

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_008_zpson0zcysq.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_pulp_black1_008_zpson0zcysq.jpg.html)

10-14-2016, 03:51 PM
Oh I love that last piece! Excellent!

Agree on your sentiments about Beksinski, I am really fascinated by his works :)

Munin Raven
10-16-2016, 09:50 AM
Aiylah: Much appreciated.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a6_002_zps1fzlffwo.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a6_002_zps1fzlffwo.jpg.html)

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a6_003_zpsqri7p1zk.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a6_003_zpsqri7p1zk.jpg.html)

10-16-2016, 12:55 PM
Your faces and skulls are grand. I also enjoy the visual texture on the cover of "my A6 sketchbook". Awww look at the sleepy kitty :)

10-17-2016, 03:12 AM
just been browing through this thread! great stuff munin! really digging the egyptian one !

Joan T
10-18-2016, 05:22 PM
Glad your cat is doing better. I love the Egyptian sketch and the heads. Theses are great!

Munin Raven
07-09-2017, 04:09 AM
Thanks for your encouragement... even though I'm a little late in responding. :o

It's been over half a year since I've even held a pencil. I need to get back on the burro. :crossfingers:

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_007_zpsinahaknf.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_daler_rowney_hb1_a5_007_zpsinahaknf.jpg.html)

Munin Raven
07-10-2017, 12:58 PM
Below is a companion piece to the third sketch down in the first post of this thread. I haven't touched this particular sketchbook since then, and soon realised why: There is something about the grain of the paper that feels a tiny bit at odds with me, but rubbing a bottle over the pages seemed to help a little.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_black_hb1_a4_003_zpstxxu1zuz.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_black_hb1_a4_003_zpstxxu1zuz.jpg.html)

07-10-2017, 09:49 PM
Your art is just amazing but you probably hear that a lot. I'm jealous. :)

07-11-2017, 10:27 AM
Such cool combos!

07-12-2017, 04:55 AM
From page 3 on all the photos are marqued with a cross, and do not show.:(

From those I could see, I find your work extremely original, and so perfectly made!!!

Thank you.

07-12-2017, 09:05 PM
From page 3 on all the photos are marqued with a cross, and do not show.:(

Those images were not uploaded to WC - instead they were hosted on another site and linked to from here ... and when the images move or whatever on the external site then the link is broken - hence the strange marks.

Folks, a friendly reminder to upload your images to WC directly. Thank you!

07-13-2017, 07:24 AM
Thank you for your reponse, eyepaint.

chammi kaiser
07-14-2017, 10:11 AM
Superb drawings. These are fascinating.

07-14-2017, 01:10 PM
Thank you for posting the photos directly by WC.

To tell you I am jealous...:angel: :lol:
Your portraits (faces and skulls) are amazing, and extremely expressive.
Great work.

Munin Raven
07-16-2017, 12:39 PM
Thanks for your thoughts, guys. You are too kind. :wave:

I've been using photobucket to host pictures and they recently changed their policy on hotlinking, which I assume is why the images wouldn't show. It's strange that they are showing now though. :confused: Anyway, I'm trying out a few alternatives at the moment. Cheers.

Munin Raven
08-05-2017, 01:35 PM
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m433/muninart/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a6_004_zpstrlv1ali.jpg~original (http://s334.photobucket.com/user/muninart/media/Sketchbook/munin_sketchbook_ryman_a6_004_zpstrlv1ali.jpg.html)

Munin Raven
08-12-2017, 12:47 PM
A cross-post from my first scavenger hunt participation, and a quick landscape study done during this afternoons walk...



Munin Raven
08-18-2017, 11:19 AM
Another scavenger hunt quickie. It's kind of fun to do these quicker sketches for a change.


08-18-2017, 11:25 AM
Each one is different, but I like them all.

Munin Raven
08-26-2017, 10:01 AM
Thanks, Provenceaquarelle.




Joan T
09-12-2017, 05:40 PM
Great recent sketches!

Munin Raven
09-16-2017, 08:38 AM
Thanks, Joan.

Something done just to warm the elbow up...


09-16-2017, 11:20 AM
Ohhhhhh, this one is a wonder!!! Love it, love it, love it!!!

09-16-2017, 01:13 PM
Wonderful figures


Scene Chaser
09-16-2017, 01:46 PM
I like the elbow sketch best.

09-16-2017, 03:50 PM
disturbing ! but so good

Munin Raven
09-17-2017, 02:20 PM
As always, your encouragement is very appreciated. :wave:

Vhere: Sorry you find my little rascals disturbing. They're real cuties once you get to know them. Promise. :grouphug:

Found a few odd skellies in the back of the draw today...



09-18-2017, 01:39 AM
excellent skellies :)

Munin Raven
09-18-2017, 12:55 PM
Yay. If you use the phrase "skellies", they don't seem half as morbid. I remember the full sized resin skellie in my old biology classroom. He was called Claud, but I always thought of him as more of a Rufus myself. :)

09-18-2017, 04:16 PM
I remember the full sized resin skellie in my old biology classroom. He was called Claud, but I always thought of him as more of a Rufus myself.

:lol: :lol: :lol: Love it!

I have to say that I have really enjoyed following this thead.

Munin Raven, I love your style. Your sketches are incredible and very imaginative. The backgrounds and composition are always so interesting to me. You seem to incorporate so many elements! I am always looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Joan T
09-19-2017, 02:47 PM
Love the skeletons!!

Munin Raven
09-22-2017, 01:06 PM
mlovette: Much appreciated. I do like combining different elements together. Sometimes it's a little hit and miss, but I always have fun. :)

Joan: Cheers. Maybe the skellies will win over a few hearts over time, haha. :lol:

I tried taking a less trodden path with this and used a little ink. It didn't work out in the end, but I came away with a few different ideas so I'm happy.


Munin Raven
09-24-2017, 12:27 PM
Some quick sketches done on todays walk. The horses didn't seem to care too much about me, and their grass nibbling kept them mostly in the same stances...




09-24-2017, 01:15 PM
Hooray for cooperative subjects!

I find that most dogs do not like being studied for a sketch... even if they are sleeping they seem to know they are being watched.

09-24-2017, 01:41 PM
so do cats EP! a few seconds in and they move huffily

lovely sketches of the horses and the anatomy is great

09-24-2017, 03:52 PM
they move huffily


Joan T
09-24-2017, 09:47 PM
Funny how horses do stay put pretty much. They are too busy eating...cows too. I think dogs and cats are too easily distracted. lol

Munin Raven
09-30-2017, 02:16 PM
Haha... loving the horsey thoughts as a subject matter. Strange that I haven't been that close to horses for a protracted amount of time before. It was so nice, and they seemed fine with me. I sooooo wanted to pat and stroke one, but didn't feel like intruding on them any more.

And of course we have the cat and dog comparative. Just so you know, I potentially could sketch my two cats, but one always seems half awake and will quickly scoot if you look at him for too long. Then you have his sister, who just goes into these ultra deep, loud snoring, dream-twitching, mega snoozes that I could easily sketch... but for the simple fact she looks so very unladylike. haha! :cat:


I would love to be able to sleep like that! :heart:

Animals aside, I dug out the old manikin that I bought on a whim because I always thought they look cool on a booshelf. I've never used the thing for any artistic endevaor until today, and now I'm becoming rather fond of it. :lol:


10-01-2017, 06:44 AM
gorgeous cat! and cool sketches

I've had one of those mannekins for years - not sure where it lurks just now - and drawing it for a study is all I ever used it for too

Joan T
10-01-2017, 09:03 PM
The sketches of the manikin are great...so well shaded.

10-02-2017, 04:45 AM
:thumbsup: I like it all.

Splendid sketches!!

Munin Raven
04-17-2018, 09:12 AM
Long time no scribbling. :o One of the downsides to having too many interests, I guess. Anyway, here's a couple of sketches collecting items for the Scavenger Hunt forum activity...



And some scratchy sketching done while watching/pausing a Japanese TV comedy drama called Switch Girl. The faces the actress pulls are delightfully exaggerated.


More soon... hopefully. :)

04-17-2018, 09:54 AM

04-17-2018, 12:15 PM
Your sketches are wonderful works of art. Looking through all your sketchbooks would be a feast! And your comment about the Scavenger Hunt thread make me think I should check it out. Thanks!

Joan T
04-17-2018, 04:46 PM
Your still life combinations are always so interesting!

04-17-2018, 05:46 PM
Great sketches (if a little nightmarish at times)!! You must be filling up those sketchbooks now.

Munin Raven
05-05-2018, 05:58 PM
A slightly late Spring clean for me this year (here in the UK the weather has been somewhat un-springy-like (:confused: ), but I managed a good first round yesterday in the ground floor department: Many a cushion cover was torn from it's host and put through the washer, a decent batch of old clothing was cut up to be used as rags, some curtains were torn asunder - finishing a slightly sloppy job my cats had started - and a few inconspicuous draws were opened and their contents dashed to the floor for further inspection.

Oh, what's this... Could it be an old cardboard folder that I must have stolen from secondary school? All the visual cues seem to say it is so. I guess I am, indeed, a thief! Oh, dear. The stuff inside doesn't bode too well for me either. But I have an idea...

The next small smattering of posts will probably be me sifting through a long forgotten folder of very old (some pre-pubescent) sketches I have done, and ripping, tearing, crumpling, crushing, biting (?) at them; and then forming the pieces into a mish-mash of pages I can have fun with. I'm all for recycling! :clap:

Maybe, now that I'm older and have responsibilities beyond myself, I can find some honest food for thought from the younger me. If not, I can always just have fun ripping things up and getting to use the glue and scissors. :crossfingers: :clap: :lol:

Seriously, when was the last time you did that? :o


Vhere: Damn, I need to respond to your recent work!

KiwiKate: At this point I think I will always find your username endearing, haha. Thanks, and I do hope you drop in on a Scavenger Hunt when you can. I'm not a regular myself, but once you start it's difficult not to pop your head in the forum - even if you don't have time to participate.

Joan: I always feel guilty responding to you. The output is so gorgeous. My only hope is to assume you are retired. If that is not the case, then I am a confirmed ass. I know I could do a little sketch while eating breakfast but I don't.

Sonia: I appreciate your thoughs and encouragement. Any "nightmarish" elements are just me enjoying various aspects of nature and/or culture. There's a lot of cuteness and love going on. I've only posted one image that has darker undertones (post #69), but even that is rooted in the idea of different experiences. Check out Carl Sandburg's poem, 30. Southern Pacific. Going forward, I cannot honestly say there will be no uncomfortable material. All I can say is that it comes from a fun heart. :)

05-05-2018, 07:36 PM
Well that is quite the impressive collection of sketches I must say. You have an interesting style of handling edges and hatching or cross hatching textures. So many little things I can pick out from your work and perhaps even include in my own someday. Thank you so much for sharing, truly inspiring.

05-06-2018, 03:58 AM
it's on my to-do list to go through old old stuff - loving the ideas for taking things forward. I've even got a couple of bits from my A level at school a long long time ago and my Foundation year at art college, equally long ago - it would be interesting to find them at the back of the cupboard - not looked at in years.

Munin Raven
05-07-2018, 04:38 PM
Delofasht: Yikes, thank you. To possibly inspire someone else is a very warming feeling. You mention my hatching style and I can only be honest here: Maybe it looks "interesting" to you because I really don't have the patience to make everything just so. I honestly can't be arsed so I just keep my hand/forearm moving and let it stand at that. I'm not doing plaster studies of a foot here, haha. :)

Vhere: Oh, I beg you to have a decent rummage and bring forth the ancient scribbles. You don't have to destroy and mock them as heavily as I seem to be doing, but maybe go back and do a paint over or two, have a revisit, take some time to correlate. I haven't posted any real thoughts yet, but I'm half tempted to do so because, so far, this activity (?) has really had a nice impact (possibly too strong a word) on how I may move forward. Also much more than that. Bah... It can be fun. Put it that way.

Below are a few more destructive efforts. The first has two stages. I'm only posting both to hopefully show how this rip it up and paste behaviour can result in very boring compositions. In the end I gave up and just went for the old billboard look. :o


05-08-2018, 03:13 AM
it could be interesting to scan and play digitally as well, using overlaying options? then work from that taking it forward?

05-08-2018, 10:40 AM
Unladylike sleeping cat pose indeed! Good spooky mannikins. How fun to uncover old work and collage them. What type of surface are you collaging onto? And how do you prepare the surfaces? I agree with you about having many interests :)

05-09-2018, 03:26 AM
Very inventive collages, and atmospheric too.

I love every one of your entries,because of the diversity of it, despite a style of your own.

Thank you.

05-09-2018, 08:34 AM
I just adore coming into your thread to see your work :)

Munin Raven
05-11-2018, 12:19 PM
Vhere: I like doing paintovers with digital stuff. It can be a great way to explore an idea, or revisit old work with a different perspective in mind. I wouldn't want to post that kind of material in this thread, as I wanted to keep it graphite orientated as much as I can. I wouldn't want the thread title to be false advertising, hehe. :)

Eye: Much appreciated. I'm pasting things into the cheapest sketchbook you might well imagine. The paper is horrible, but somehow I have found a certain charm to it. If you look at the right side of post #18 (the cardboard inside cover), and the left side of post #21 (the first page), you can probably see how the binding of the book is already looking like it's been through some major trauma. If anything, it's the perfect sketchbook to slap old sketches in. If I manages to fill the book, I did think of leaving it outside and photographing the pages over time. Maybe get some mould and cute slug/snail interactions going on. :)

As to how I prepare the surface? I guess I just look at the blank, flimsy, slightly grayish page, and think of recycling and trees. :confused: :)

Provenceaquarelle: Thank you. I'm very pleased the word "atmospheric" was used with regards to my scribbles. That makes me feel I'm somewhat on the right track. If only I could concentrate and make pages flow from one to the next.

Laudesan: Very kind of you to show an interest. I honestly need to step up my game.

Another amalgamation of old sketches...


I'll probably do a few more pages like this, because it's simply fun and a change of pace for me (messing around with glue, and scissors etc... ), but if I'm honest, I have been met with no real thoughts or understanding of my past scribbles that mean anything to me. At least anything worth my time.

05-11-2018, 06:38 PM
I really like this last page, it is almost an entire illustration now. I know the feeling of needing to start orchestrating the pages from one to the next, maybe tell a story from it all. Just bought a few sketchbooks recently that I haven't started any work in just yet. Going to organize things for each one, using the tiny one as a general purpose pocket sketchbook (that happens to allow me to use any media in it), and use my bigger one for a specific project, and the last one is actually going to be for my finished works where I paint directly into it finished looking works of art to show prospective clients my range of skills and media.

Since each is serving a specific purpose I may need a couple extras for Portraits, life studies, and visual journaling, since I do all of these things. Haven't quite decided on which brand for the other things, but it'll likely end up being Crescent RendR paper sketchbooks (I really love that paper).

Munin Raven
08-20-2018, 02:44 PM
Delofasht: Yeah, I know. I'm a little late, but what you talk about resonates with me rather a lot. I hope you have a different work ethic than me, because I have so many sketchbooks I have started, but only a few I managed to finish... :angel:

- I bought some A5 journal thing where the pages alternate in colour every 20 or so turns. Bah... I'm 3 (?) pages in.

- Bought another hardback sketchbook with lovely smooth archive paper. Did a two page spread to test it out... wonderful. Ordered another one and had the intention of filling it with sketches of everything nautical or "of the sea". I deliberately picked the blue cover version, aww... Haven't touched it. Figured I would order another few of those sketchbooks because I know they tend to have a finite run. I go on Amazon and, of course... "currently unavailable". Not strictly true, because I see I can buy one for 120. Bargin. :(

- Grabbed a little square hardback sketchbook because I thought it looked cute. Big plans to fill it with... nothing. Still in the draw.

- Art sale! Yahoo!!! I'll take two of the green and two of the orange in A4, please. Actually, make that two of the green and orange in A5 as well. Oh, go on... throw me a few of those grey ones with dots too! :cool:

- Ahh... the gift of the journal. Well I've got two now and it's way past the mid-year point. They are both lovely, but untouched. The one I want to fill with local flavour and little things/junk. Still haven't touched it (smells nice though).

I could go on, but I think you might get the idea: Regarding the current sketchbooks that I have scribbled in, the one that is most full is a horrible (was, but I've grown to love it) recycled thing from a "Pound Shop" (UK). I'm sure these shops exist in many different parts of the world under different currency terms, but what I am saying is I have mostly sketched in a book that cost me one single pound. The paper is... grrr... fun! :clap:

Sorry for the long response, but the buying of sketchbooks is such a fun endeavour, and worthy of the banter, I think.
Anyway, I've been busy with other interests and my scribble side has been on the back burner. What little time I've devoted to art has been in the scavenger hunts (check out the new one *wink, wink*), but rarely graphite. I just wanted to break the silence here, post some odd bits and get in the mood for Autumn & Winter. My favourite seasonal sketching period. :thumbsup:

Recent Scavenger thing... Bah.

A few from a semi-recent time period where I was wrong about more things than I am now. :lol:


08-21-2018, 04:48 AM
a lovely series - trees that are individuals with character and I like the collaging too, something I don't do enough of, except digitally.

I think it would be fine to share some of the digital stuff - I regard it as another sketchbook, thinking around ideas. It is really good for that.

I've learned over the years that I just hate cheap sketchbooks and flimsy paper. I'm too hard on the paper. Sunday, doing some life drawing in the hated Strathmore I ended up with ink bleeding through and a hole in one page :( I need to get the buff coloured Nova in the bigger size as the same mix of media and tough treatment didn't buckle, sink through or go into holes in the smaller one I was given.

I have a LOT of sketchbooks on the go at once. I am unconcerned about how long it takes to fill them but want the paper and size that I need at that time. Some are themed but most are a mix of anything and everything.

I don't usually like working small, preferring 19 x12 ins or bigger.

Joan T
09-23-2018, 09:39 PM
I like your rip it up and paste idea. You have some interesting pages that way.

I produce a lot because I'm retired and hate staying home. I'd rather be out and if I don't sketch something each day I feel like something is really missing. lol People who work or have families to take care of have a reason that they can't sketch as often as I can. lol

Munin Raven
03-05-2019, 05:33 PM
Many months later... :clear:

Ahh, the annoyance of having half a dozen (or more) interests that all seem to vie for that very precious and lovely personal time. It's been a dry winter season for the graphite gods, with regards to my personal output. Maybe I should just start a journal thread that covers most bases. My free time has been busy with audio field recording, and digital plein-air sketches that I am currently trying to combine into some form of audio/visual representation of a scene, or place, or object. I'm not sure if this forum has the ability to inbed audio files. I doubt I would want to present things in the fashion anyway. I'll figure that out at some point.

Here's a quick page I managed to mash together with my Dad walking back to the car out of boredom, I guess. :) Looking forward to catching up on everyone's output.


Vhere: Yes, the digital stuff can be a real fire lighter in terms of creative thought and opening up new ideas and veins of interest. Digital painting was the catalyst for me getting back into art. I still think you should try buying the cheapest, recycled paper sketchbook you can lay your hands on, and then going to town; no cares... it bleeds through... maybe use that as a positive and play with it? Then again, maybe not, haha.

Joan: Oh, my. I dread to think how much I need to catch up on regarding your sketches. I'm sure it will be a treat. I mostly work with people that say they get bored when they have time off work. I am honestly at a loss for words. Most have children, which is a good thing because without that conduit I fear they would be in oblivion. I don't understand. :(

03-06-2019, 03:50 AM
lovely sketch

I just really dislike working on cheap paper! I'm not precious about the more expensive stuff though - I can work over it, collage, stick stuff in ... sketchbooks often end up twice as thick as they were meant to be!

03-06-2019, 07:21 AM
Munin, I hadn't seen your last entries: I am still loving each of them.

I am quite gratefull to you because, the fact your sketches are made with graphite, I can follow the strokes, and your way out through the all. I learn very much from it. Thank you.

03-06-2019, 02:05 PM
Fantastic sketch, I especially like those weighty rocks.

03-07-2019, 04:19 AM
agreeing about the rocks - my pet hate in some watercolour seascapes is the soft woolly rocks! they need to look weighty and hard, with edges and facets

Joan T
03-10-2019, 07:47 PM
I love those huge rocks that dwarf your dad. What a great sketch!

Munin Raven
03-16-2019, 05:08 PM
Vhere: Hehe... I don't mean to push you. I just have this image in my head of you destroying a cheap sketchbook with all the bleed into further pages etc... I seem to buy sketchbooks with a greater frequency than I actually sketch in them! :( I guess the one positive would be that, when I retire, I don't have to worry about any of my outcome concerns being tied to sketchbooks or paper. :)

Provenceaquarelle: You have been very kind to me with your encouragement in the past. If you can glean something (anything) from my approach to scratching and scribbling that you find helpful to you in some way; then you have made me very happy and warm inside. Thank you.

KaySilver: Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts.

Vhere (again :) ): Regarding "woolly" rocks. You certainly have much more experience with watercolours than me, so I feel kind of silly even suggesting dabbing partial bits of the rock, and letting them dry a little. Then dab other bits and overlap etc... I guess you know that. Sorry. I've only messed with watercolours one or two times - both from a cheap plastic - off the shelf - tray with little boxes. Not exactly a professional "watercolourists" (or whatever the term may be) preference.

I should actually try it myself, rather than run my mouth.

Hey, that rhymes! :)

Joan: Thanks. I am still envious of your output. But ultimately find myself wanting more. More... MORE!!! :D

Erm... A quickie from last week...

And then... if in doubt, start a new sketchbook. This one was a Christmas present from a very good friend. She actually gifted me two books, then later told me that this one was for my "nature stuff" and that I couldn't use it for "your other weirdo stuff". Hence, she gave me two sketchbo...


Journals? What sorcery is this? Grrr... I post the cover just because it's really quite nice. I looked into Peter Pauper Press and, from my casual look-see; they don't seem to have any ties with pickled peppers. Not sure if that's a positive or negative.




03-16-2019, 06:14 PM
yes I do that sort of thing, scratch through wet paint to create lines. splatter, drop fragments of watersoluble pencil into washes and generally do anything that makes the mark I want!

03-17-2019, 05:16 AM
Munin, thank you for your sweet words.:)

Very nice sketches, again. I specially like the last one.

Paper - I have tones of it, and keep looking for new types and original ones, from all ove the world.

Paint - likewise
Brushes and pencils - dito

Like you said, when retirement comes, no need to worry about lacking material. :lol:

Joan T
03-17-2019, 10:18 PM
Munin, I love your hard edges on the concrete blocks!

How nice of your friend to give you two sketchbooks. Nice textured cover on that one you posted. I can almost feel it from here.

Munin Raven
03-19-2019, 04:46 PM
Vhere: I've seen people use slightly diluted wood glue for masking to create blobs and blotches, clean lines for later hi-lighting. Have you ever tried it? It seems clearly odd to me with regards to drying time, soaking into paper etc... Maybe I miss-remember and it was on board, but still...

Provenceaquarelle: Thank you. Paper from all over the world. I like that notion. Different regional/continental trees that yield slightly different textures and qualities. Have you dabbled in making your own? I would recommend doing so if you haven't, if only for the enjoyment of it. A case of a journey not being about the destination, but the journey itself.

Keep stocking up that retirement stash. :)

Joan: Cheers. Yes, always nice to receive sketchbooks (or journals in this case that I'm going to use as sketchbooks) for Christmas. But then I get trapped in the notion that I have to do my best to fill them... and not just with quick sketches and ideation. I hate the pressure, but I'm okay this time because the person that I received the gifts from also dabbles in sketching; so there's an understanding there. :)


Some quick sketching from this morning in the garden (couldn't start work until mid-day). Already put the bird seed out first thing, in and on various places for different feeding preferences. Very rare I get to sit down in the garden on a working day and watch the birds get in a huff because of my presence. Lots of chatter and lip in my direction, I wouldn't want to read a translation of what they were chirping towards me, haha. But they're plucky little swines and soon couldn't wait for me to shift. Such a nice little experience to watch finches and blackbirds collectively decide they can't wait for me to move any longer, and came down to feed. What a great start to the day. :)


Can anyone help me with a specific forum quandary? I would like to upload two images and have them displayed side by side. I'm wondering what code I would need to insert. Any help would be very much appreciated.

03-20-2019, 03:12 AM
another good one

I've used wood glue like that in monoprinting but not in painting - oh except for texture in acrylics - I think the drying time would make me hesitate with watercolours! I'm an impatient painter. I don't like the hard edges of masking fluid but the other thing that stops me using it is the drying time.

Oh and I never worry how long it takes to fill a sketchbook Joan - don't pressure yourself - as I have so many with different papers and sizes on the go that it just isn't relevant. Some for specific places or topics like life drawing, so may last a few years and others are for anything. (count is several dozen! but that's from huge to postcard size. Postcard size doesn't get a lot of use as I prefer bigger pages to work on.

Joan T
03-20-2019, 04:56 PM
I'm smiling at the thought of the birds having a conversation about you being in their garden in the morning. I like your shading and hatching on the compost bag.

Munin Raven
03-23-2019, 02:18 PM
I'm an impatient painter...

Haha... I hear you. When I'm sketching I am almost constantly moving my hand. I tend to trust in my subconscious to guide the flow as much as possible. Breaking out of that for drying time would kill me. Do you work on more than one sketch sometimes when you are in the field? If so how often would that be? If you do, I understand location, weather, time etc... would be a factor.

I'm so pleased to hear "several dozen" with regards to ongoing sketchbook usage. I'm okay with dipping in and out of different sketchbooks over a protracted time, but the ones I've received as gifts honestly make me sweat a little. Particularly if the sketchbook in question has been gifted from someone I may only get to meet up with maybe once or twice every 3-4 years. I fear their expectation. :(

Thanks for you thoughts, though.

Joan: So glad to see you say "their garden", haha. You know of these things. ;)

Couldn't find a solution to displaying two images side by side in BB forum code, but hopefully you get the notion...


And some super quick sketches of Canadian Geese loving my olive oil & bread trap! :evil:


03-24-2019, 04:24 AM
nice sketches :)

Answer to your question - When out plein air I work pretty fast because the light will change (fast here in the UK!) so no not multiple, one sketch at a time usually. But I aim to finish in an hour if possible for the more finished ones, 90 mins max - only minutes for very quick sketchy ones.

Joan T
03-24-2019, 05:43 PM
These are really interesting! Nicely done!!

04-08-2019, 07:56 AM
I'm glad someone else asked the question I was thinking. Still, for the amount of detail you pack in, 90 mins seems short.

Your work is so textural and full of energy!

....and whyyyyy did you make the wooden mannequin creeepy? It's haunting my braaaaaaiiin.....lol.

ETA: The cover page you did with just shades and textures in the background and a flower in front is brilliant and has given me all kinds of ideas... I keep going back to stare at it.