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MBosen
12-06-2016, 06:37 PM
I create my own sketchbooks using The Cinch (I have the one that creates square holes but it's not longer available). (https://www.amazon.com/We-Memory-Keepers-Bookbinding-Version/dp/B005571KKC) I use chipboard, 140# Strathmore cold press watercolor paper (cut to 5"x7"), and usually creating the pretty cover with scrapbooking paper.

You can see an adequate tutorial on how to use it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVXroCvF4Zo

I've found that this is the cheapest and easiest way, personally to keep a quality watercolor sketchbook to work in. (I re-use covers when I'm in a rush.) Especially as I tend to favor spiralbound sketchbooks. :clap:

I use 2 different palettes:

One with 8 Daniel Smith colors, in a whiskey painter's metal palette...: being Pyrrol Red, Perinone Orange, Hansa Yellow Medium, Permament Green, Ultramarine Blue, Carbazole Violet, Transparent Brown Oxide, and Winsor and Newton's Zinc White Goauche which is hardly touched... (later added: DS Payne's Gray, but prefer my own mixed gray which is close to Indigo.)

The other is the Winsor and Newton's Cotman Sketcher's box, found here: https://www.amazon.com/Winsor-Newton-Cotman-Colour-Sketchers/dp/B00004THXI
with the standard colors, except later switching out the Burnt Sienna for DS Payne's gray, with plans to take out Chinese White, once I can unstick the pan safely. Later favoring the cheap Cotman palette because I didn't feel bad about wasting quality paint on work sketches.

I will probably post a lot of sketches at once, as I've finished scanning 50 sketchbook pages.

The first sketchbook is a collection of work break sketches paintings, as for nearly 3 years this was the only time I had to sketch/paint. The majority of these were sketched on a 15 minute break, only to be painted on my 30 minute lunchbreak. So pretty much all of them were done with all simultaneous wet washes with hopes that they wouldn't get bumped by coworkers when wet, as I headed back to work.

The only sketch, I managed on a trip to Seattle. In the hotel parking lot when I was waiting for a pastry delivery to the convention we were selling at.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_001.jpg

Messy during work meeting painting where I was actually watching the meeting more than my brush...lol
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_003.jpg

Mermaid Truckdriver... (from prompt) Scan killed the light gray on this...on break.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_004.jpg
Plant-covered Building. (this is when I started using a random drawing idea generator, which I highly recommend.) You can find it here: http://senntenial.com/alexanderlozada/resources/psuedofolio/
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_005.jpg
Finally figured out the character design for my current wip comic, "Daddy Death" Death learns about life, through raising a child.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_006.jpg
That's all for the first post, happy sketching!

robertsloan2
12-07-2016, 01:37 PM
Love your themes! You've got good strong color and great ideas, plus a cool setup. Truck driving mermaid's a trip along with Daddy Death!

Makes sense to use the Cotman paints for quick sketching. They're good quality, upper end of student grade. Thanks for posting your palette!

MBosen
12-07-2016, 02:47 PM
Thank you!

I found I wasn't working because my materials were so expensive, cotman's sketcher box and making my own sketchbooks really helped in that regard.

I was able to actually doodle and refine my watercolor techniques which really made the bigger studio paintings (when I had the time) much better.

The way I saw it, the cost of the binding machine was about 3 watercolor sketchbooks, by being able to choose my paper, it saved me money by the fourth sketchbook... even including materials. On top of it, obviously I sell art at conventions now, and it means I can make artbooks, comics, sketchbooks (merch) to sell at them, by myself at the drop of a hat.

MBosen
12-07-2016, 02:59 PM
Contd. 2 of Work Sketchbook1

River of Styx, notice the not so subtle bodies within the water..lol
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_008.jpg

The last survivor of a forest fire, realize now, that if I do a larger
illustration of this I will have him bending over trying to blow out
a small flame on a leaf or something...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_009.jpg

An example of the weird place my brain goes, my friend asked me
to draw an earwig, so I did..lol...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_010.jpg

Kiss that's out of this world, literally.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_012.jpg

Rare Plein Aire Sketch, at park with my nephews.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_013.jpg

Realized I need a palette cheat sheet, if I'm going to
this kind of work finished on my breaks....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_014.jpg

Spiderman as a fairy, because, why not? The beginning
of the bumped by coworkers still wet series..lol
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_015.jpg

Joan T
12-09-2016, 06:05 PM
Your idea should work well for you and not make you hesitate to sketch and use up paint. Nice variety of subjects. Good job!

MBosen
12-09-2016, 11:17 PM
Your idea should work well for you and not make you hesitate to sketch and use up paint. Nice variety of subjects. Good job!
Thank you Joan! It has worked better than I ever thought it would. I'm not hesitating as much (with giant dollar signs in my head) when I pull out stuff to paint.

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We'll finish up the first sketchbook in this installment.

1st piece finished in 15 mins. Slenderman (internet myth)
in too big a sweater.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_016.jpg

Learning that I'm loving the mingling technique and
beginning my love affair with viridian and sap green.
Done in a single lunch... mostly because my coworker
told me I couldn't...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_017.jpg

Steampunk Cthulhu, based on Lovecraft's description.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_018.jpg

Charmander (pokemon) as a pirate. (from reference)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_019.jpg

Shortly, after watching Deadpool. Deadpool as a
caveman.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_020.jpg

Death as a robot, told by co-worker this resembles a
video game character.... apparently I'm not the only
one that turned the grim reaper into a robot.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_021.jpg

Watched Gilmore Girls for the first time on Netflix, learned
shortly after finishing they were going to make more.
This picture is the result of my excitement.
(If I ever do it again, I'll draw Luke actually pouring the coffee in
with an annoyed look on his face).
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_022.jpg

Parrot (done by photo reference) with made up branch and sunset.
I'm particularly proud of this one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_023.jpg

Herbie. I loved the lovebug growing up. Someday I'll
restore a 1963 beetle and recreate it. Couldn't get the
curve right, though...until a later studio piece.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_024.jpg

Castle, from reference, also the first and last time I used Sennelier's 8 pan watercolor set. I didn't particularly like them.. very chalky, very absorbent. Live in too dry an area.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_025.jpg

First time trying out only Gouache, it's Soho Artist 12 color set. I like the
containers, but it acts much differently than watercolors. Hard to control.
I definitely just received some new art supplies in the mail then, nothing
better.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2016/1974126-WCSketchv1_026.jpg

I hope you're enjoying the journey to better Art!
I definitely have been. :rolleyes:

flug
12-11-2016, 11:43 AM
Love your ideas :D
The spidermanfairy is missing sparkles though ;)

otherworlder
12-11-2016, 07:17 PM
What a fun and colourful sketchbook! I am interesting in seeing your homemade sketchbook itself too if you are inclined to throw in a photo? I have been thinking of making my own too as I have not found one with paper I really like, would love to see some examples. :)

MBosen
12-12-2016, 06:15 PM
Love your ideas
The spidermanfairy is missing sparkles though
Thank you. I agree wholeheartedly! Maybe I'll borrow some of my friend's sparkly inks to fix it...lol.

What a fun and colourful sketchbook! I am interesting in seeing your homemade sketchbook itself too if you are inclined to throw in a photo? I have been thinking of making my own too as I have not found one with paper I really like, would love to see some examples.
I had the same problem, plus watercolor sketchbooks are expensive and come in really strange sizes... Plus I prefer spiralbound sketchbooks...

I'll admit to having made a couple already. I will say that you end up needing a bunch of supplies, paper, pvc glue, I've tried laminating them (especially because I favor watermedia) and chipboard... a paper cutter is useful, but not require and of course the binding machine, and the owires...

It starts out a little pricey making sketchbooks using this method, but it's convenient and fast. (But practice punching holes in the right spot using paper first... just in case).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2016/1974126-20161212_154425.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2016/1974126-20161212_154431.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2016/1974126-20161212_154446.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2016/1974126-20161212_154502.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2016/1974126-PHOTO_20160428_073629.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2016/1974126-PHOTO_20160428_073635.jpg

Thanks for asking, I enjoy showing them off. The shiny covers are from scrapbook, the other two are my own art.

Joan T
12-15-2016, 02:53 PM
You have really been busy...nice work!

I sometimes make sketchbooks too, especially if I want something for when I travel with the paper I want and the weight I want. Some sketchbooks are just too heavy to carry around when you're sightseeing.

eyepaint
12-19-2016, 11:43 AM
You are so creative. So many fantastic ideas! Keep it going!

MBosen
12-19-2016, 02:28 PM
You have really been busy...nice work!

I sometimes make sketchbooks too, especially if I want something for when I travel with the paper I want and the weight I want. Some sketchbooks are just too heavy to carry around when you're sightseeing.

Thank you! Yes, I agree. I actually carry a mini-backpack around instead of a purse, but with my current setup, I can fit all my stuff in a 6"x9"x2" space. It definitely helps painting on the go, currently I go nowhere without my set-up.

You are so creative. So many fantastic ideas! Keep it going!
Thank you! That's definitely the plan!

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Content Warning: The following images definitely poke fun at beloved historical/fictional figures and persons of authority. If you get offended easily by violent actions in those not usually violent, by crossdressing or by an exaggeration of fear, please for your own feelings, do not look any further.
This the second work sketchbook:

Mario Hulk... unfortunately let my background touch my subject's still wet parts... will redo one day...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_01v2.jpg

Rock 'n roll is literally the devil's music, and Elvis is the king!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_02.jpg


Caught the sunset over the Salt Lake on the way home, stopped to quickly paint it. Man, sunsets are hard, light changes so fast! The purple
mountain is a section of antelope island.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_03.jpg

Painted my Best friend's baby while we were chilling. She was nice and mostly stayed still, must've been sleepy. :)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_04.jpg

What it'd look like if the Queen of England was in the arcade game,
Streetfighter.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_05.jpg

Dracula took up yoga.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_06.jpg

Benjamin Franklin being attacked by a bee.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_07.jpg

iZombie's Liv Moore as Batman.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_08.jpg

Kirby (from Super Smash Bros) swallowed a country singer.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_09.jpg

Gordon Ramsey as a muppet.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_10.jpg

She-Hulk as a barbarian.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_11.jpg

Ariel being goth.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2016/1974126-Print_12.jpg

Joan T
12-19-2016, 06:44 PM
Fun sketches. I really like the one of the baby!

I'm the same way...I don't go out without sketching materials...and just in case I forget I have a tiny setup in my car. There's nothing worse than seeing something you want to sketch and nothing to sketch with. lol

otherworlder
12-20-2016, 12:59 AM
Those are so vivid and bright and so much fun, I absolutely love the Pokemons (? what is the plural of Pokemon lol...)

robertsloan2
01-01-2017, 07:48 PM
Great concepts! I like your bold color. Having a swatch page is important, it really helps in color mixing to know what each of your watercolors do. Very strong saturation makes a lot of these so much livelier. You get good values that way too!

otherworlder
01-02-2017, 11:51 AM
Thank you for showing off your lovely sketchbooks! I am definitely inspired to look into how I might do something similar. The sketches are so vibrant and fun too.

MBosen
01-17-2017, 12:50 AM
Fun sketches. I really like the one of the baby!
I'm the same way...I don't go out without sketching materials...and just in case I forget I have a tiny setup in my car. There's nothing worse than seeing something you want to sketch and nothing to sketch with. lol
Thank you! She turned out pretty good... would've been better if I hadn't let the brown literally run into every other color..lol.
I've found myself in that situation more times than I'd like. I actually got back into art partially because I had time to kill while waiting for the bus between school and work... doodling really helped with the stress related and made me feel like I was still achieving something instead of just wasting time. I'm grateful for all of that time spend waiting..lol.. Now I'm never "wasting" time.
Those are so vivid and bright and so much fun, I absolutely love the Pokemons (? what is the plural of Pokemon lol...)

Thank you for showing off your lovely sketchbooks! I am definitely inspired to look into how I might do something similar. The sketches are so vibrant and fun too.
I think the plural is just pokemon... but it's been years since I've watched it... Thank you so much. I love color and paint is the perfect cheap medium for it...lol. If you have any more additional questions about sketchbooks, I'll answer to the best of my ability.
Great concepts! I like your bold color. Having a swatch page is important, it really helps in color mixing to know what each of your watercolors do. Very strong saturation makes a lot of these so much livelier. You get good values that way too!
Thank you! I started out with very low saturation when I first got back into painting, but I'm finally learning to be brave with my color. Swatch pages are awesome! Never have to guess what color something is going to dry as...I'm eternally grateful for my rushed during break sketch paintings... I would've never been able to let go of the fear of mistakes if it weren't for them...lol. Definitely, working with a single wash of color (due to time constraints) has really helped getting those values in quick and the short time stops me from second guessing myself too much..lol.
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Thank for the positive feedback everybody! If you have any questions about watercolor or how I make my sketchbooks, I'll answer to the best of my ability.

Sorry for such a long in between... I've been setting up a youtube channel to promote my art and hopefully make an additional passive income from my art. (As I have recently quit my job and am attempting this starving artist lifestyle). :D

You can view my simple attempt at a watercolor speedpainting (Please excuse my horrible ranting and voice; audio was recorded when I was sick...) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4UFAm_5Obo
With any hope I'll get the next painting video out on Wednesday by 11:00am GMT
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Warning!: the following images contain: irreverent portrayals of beloved figures of History, Jewish Scientists, crossdressing, impalements of sparkly vampires, attacking animals, lighthearted decapitations of mythical creatures, the reality after "happily ever after", character resolutions and alternate history of iconic WWII propaganda images. Please, for your own mental health, if any of the described images seem disturbing skip the visuals in this update.




Now for what you've been (maybe) waiting for; more doodles, as well as an excellent illustration of how far down the rabbit hole my humor goes...:

Prompt was Dramatic Death of Edward Cullen, couldn't help having it be Buffy, being a major Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fan... This piece was particularly hard, as I am completely night blind, the moment the sun is past the horizon, everything is black. But, according to the nightseers I've talked to, it reads as night time. So I'll consider it a success.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_13.jpg

Slenderman after fight club; yes that's an attempt at painting a raw steak held up to his lack of eye.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_14.jpg

Deadpool-Bridal Style; done while in waiting room during my 84 year old Grandmother's check-up. She laughed.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_15.jpg

Joan of Arc Vs. Bear. I don't do so good with animals..lol.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_16.jpg

The Headless Seahorsemaid. Done using my friend's Acrylic Inks (which are very fun and sparkly on the tail in real life) for the first time... Now I just need money to get my very own...lol. Done entirely freeform, head inked with fineliners after the fact. Probably my fav, or near it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_17.jpg

Old Truck near gas stop in Wyoming on the way to a convention in Colorado. Such a pretty truck.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_18.jpg

Can't help subverting Disney:angel:... Erik's off-screen drinking problem in Little Mermaid... done during Colorado Convention.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_19.jpg

The most saddest part of every Einstein Biography is that there is no mention of his love of clubs and talented break dancing. *winks (I mean it's possible he was a great breakdancer who went clubbing...lol.). Also done at Denver Convention. This is where my humor goes when surrounded by fellow geeks on no sleep.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_20.jpg

Arthur Dent from Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams finally found a cup of real tea... (A Must read, outrageously funny as well as Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett... probably the two funniest books I've ever read.) Ignore the overabundance of fingers, please.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_21.jpg

How Abraham Lincoln won over the American People. In a itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. Again at a convention and couldn't help myself from drawing and painting this when it popped into my head. This song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICkWjdQuK7Q) was stuck in my head the rest of the day. Anyone who needed to see what I was working on couldn't help themselves from laughing; even with the very inappropriate and irreverent warning I gave them... Also the painting during which, I received my first accidental sip of paint water... mmm toxic. :lol: I have no plans for a repeat tasting.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_22.jpg

Jelly fish done while watching Monterey Bay Aquarium's live jellyfish feed on youtube... so pretty, so hypnotizing, almost as good as seeing it in person... Watch it (apparently between the hours of 7 a.m.6 p.m. Pacific Time) here. (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/live-web-cams/jelly-cam)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_23.jpg

And Finally, Agent May (from Agents of Shield) as Rose the Riveteer, because the Calvary, will do it!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2017/1974126-Print_24.jpg

Thank you for tuning into this week's update... sorry if I offended you with my off-kilter humor... Next time probably won't be as dark.. Thank you for everybody's positive comments and encouragement. Till next time...lol.

eyepaint
01-17-2017, 10:35 AM
Uh oh watch out for the headless mermaid!

Joan T
01-22-2017, 08:55 AM
You have such a variety of ideas...keep it up!

otherworlder
01-27-2017, 11:39 PM
those are some super cool sketches. That bridal-styled Deadpool really made me laugh, his expression is awesome lol.