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04-27-2010, 03:37 PM
Since I voted for the journal forum...I should post something...

My journal itself is just ring bound, no idea what sort, just the black one on the shelf in the stationary shop. I just choose the ones with heavy paper.

I should use fixative also, but well somehow I like my journals being just random and spontaneous, and it seems to defeat the point to me taking it too seriously. It is really just my place for taking notes and playing around.

I do like the ring bound though as I can start a fresh page easily. If it becomes so important in future, then I am sure conservators can worry about it, but for me it is just notes and things.

There is pretty much bits of everything in there. So here is a quick tour and I will add more as time permits. These days it really is a study journal.

As always excuse the lousy pics, I am lazy in that dept.


Sketch of a plant from the garden, I also put in my studies on different topics, here botany.


Close up of the Philodendron. Just water colours.


Orchid, egg and I think a house from the drawing forum tutorials. I tend to just draw anywhere, but each journal is dated at the start so I roughly know when things were done. I like just practicing things when I have spare time. And sometimes nothing is nicer than just pencil and paper.


This one was part of bird anatomy, it was really part of a study of bird shoulders. The idea being that I should be able to draw a bird based on anatomy.


The following is measurements for a Blue Fin Tuna commision. The calculations are taking mean measurements from a scientific paper and scaling them. I think fin ray counts from memory also


Double page spread with pencil practice on the other page.


Practicing drawing heads...hundreds of them...and still crap


Yeah its the Caesar from Asterix also...upon request from my son


Skulls and anatomy...


Hand, face and tom...or jerry, can never remember which is which


Practicing with water colour over graphite...


More birds and animals...


Like I said I try not to take it too seriously or I know I will get fed up. So it is really a testing ground.

I will post more as time permits.


04-27-2010, 04:08 PM
Scott, this is awesome. Following through this was eerie because some of it reminds me of chunks of past sketchbooks. I love your botany page, your bird shoulders, your bluefin tuna studies. Thank you for sharing this.

04-27-2010, 04:29 PM
Good stuff there Scott, especially the botanicals.


04-27-2010, 05:33 PM
Thanks for sharing. This is great.

04-27-2010, 07:32 PM
The botanicals are great! And I liked the tuna also! :)

04-29-2010, 08:30 AM
Love your work! The philodendron and ink two-page spread is especially beautiful!


05-04-2010, 09:55 AM
I love your botanical and bird sketches.

05-05-2010, 01:18 AM
Nice work, Scott. I like the variety in your book. I think it will be lots of fun watching it unfold, as each new page will be a surprise, waiting for us to discover it. Love the botanicals, but I love your bird and fish studies as well.

05-05-2010, 01:45 PM
Fun collection of heads :)

05-05-2010, 02:20 PM
I really enjoyed looking at some of your sketchbook pages, particularly enjoyed the bird and mouse page.

ps. wanted to add that I so agree with your view; "....I like my journals being just random and spontaneous, and it seems to defeat the point to me taking it too seriously. It is really just my place for taking notes and playing around."

05-08-2010, 03:40 PM
Scott, I like the way you are examining your subjects in your sketchbook, like the form and the shape of the plants, the movement of the wings and such.
Your study of the human head is amazing.
I've always wanted to do something like that from life one day, too.

05-08-2010, 06:42 PM
Very nice work, Scott. I particularly like the botanicals and the birds, especially the birds as that is a primary interest of mine as well. They are tough to sketch from life - doggone things make really poor models!

05-09-2010, 06:18 AM
I finally got around to posting some more stuff, but firstly a big thanks to everyone for looking through and the kind encouragment.

My journal is very much warts and all. There is a deeper reason though, I figured if I was going to take my art seriously, then I really need to get right back to basics and fundamentals. So the journal is a big part of that.

If I screw up things in here, then it is not a big deal. I can be free to experiment, and try things out. To put it in perspective, I bought 150 bucks worth of Arches and Fabriano WC paper last week - still haven't done anything with it - the paper feels so nice...I am scared hahaha! Well I will use it, but there is that pressure that comes with nice things.

Some things though the Journal is limited with, it doesn't lift out with watercolour. And will at times bleed. Also I did a lot of perspective work on a drawing board last month - which was worth the trouble. On the whole though if the limitations are realised it is great.

The other cool thing, is even I am starting to see a change as I look back through it. And that can be encouragement in itself.

So some more:

A distorted head - with some maths I was playing around with.


Colour exercises:


More exercises and well just plain scribble. I was also trying to do an orchid with just brush strokes.


This one is a Superb Fairy-wren from SE Australia. A gorgeous little bird. Anyway by chance I come across an old box of Acrylics for sale at $10. For that sort of money I thought they were all hard or something. So I took the 10 buck bet and won. They were ok, so I did my first acrylic since the 80's before I got all snobby and went on to oils etc. And well...cool...took about 20min to do the wren. So looks like I have more money to spend on some proper acrylics now.

Just as a trial I then tried a little watercolour underneath in the same time. So to me at least it shows sometimes using the right tools can make life much simpler. Definitely something I will explore further. I already have my little shopping/wish list.


This one is a study of eyes, in this case though I went further hunting about with anatomy as I wanted to know the difference between Asian and Caucasian eyes. Which after years of living in SE Asia you would think I would have figured out. Maybe that is why my wife is in the ex-category as it took all this time to actually look at the eyes!

For those interested basically the Asian eye has more fat under the top lid, there is also an epicanthal fold which covers the tear duct to greater or lesser degrees.


Lastly a sketch of a Meerkat done from my own reference photo.


Thanks again for looking,


05-09-2010, 10:59 AM
Scott, great info and lovely sketches. The wren is gorgeous. Good job on the meerkat too.

05-09-2010, 03:40 PM
I especially liked the eye studies and the meerkat!

05-10-2010, 12:36 PM
The eye study is very interesting. I wondered about that for a long time, too. And I've always wondered why they call it almond shaped, since in my opinion the Caucasian eyes looks more like an almond than the Asian eye, but I'm getting off topic here ;D
Very nice sketches!

05-10-2010, 08:00 PM
Lot's of great sketches there. I really like the idea of using the journal for color studies as well.


05-16-2010, 03:48 AM
some really lovely work :)

I so agree with the 'random and spontaneous' - that's exactly what sketchbooks are for me

05-16-2010, 04:16 AM
Scott, your distorted heads are not that far off. I spotted only a couple of minor problems. The first small one, chin's a little tiny but otherwise very nice small head. Second one, just a bit more on the top of her head and indent under her eyebrow above her cheekbone -- it's something people do often (I used to), push the cheekbone up to where it's next to the eye when that's where the face dips in a bit under the forehead.

Other than those two proportion details, she's pretty darn good and rather pretty. And they are subtle ones, not major ones like I used to do. (Giant eyes that would have embarrassed a manga character. Funny little noses that wandered to one side or the other or great big ones that looked like a potato stapled on the face... ah those were the days... noses bent sideways and mashed as if someone hit the model with a crowbar...)

Beautiful colour studies. You got a wonderful variety of greens with them, I like the test leaves and bits you did around the swatches. Colour swatches are always cheery to me.

The orchids with just brush strokes are nice. You got the shape of them beautifully and they look like the sort that cluster on a long branch. Cool experiment. Gorgeous ivy leaf on the facing page and its light veins are very realistic.

Excellent eye studies, especially the Asian eyes. Good observation on them and the eye muscle diagram made me smile too, that kind of analytical sketching rocks. Now we get to the really cool part.

Splendid little fairy wren. Both versions are cool, but the acrylic one just sings, that's a gorgeous painting. I like the way you arranged the background to have dark values behind the light belly and light values behind the dark tail, it brings the bird into strong prominence and pushes it forward. Great drawing of the meerkat too, absolutely spot on proportions and good markings.

I've watched... a lot... of Meerkat Manor, which my granddaughter loves, and drawn meerkats many times as coloring pages without nearly as much accuracy as you got in that pencil drawing. Fortunately, six year olds are easy to please, if it's got the right number of legs and an eye that can be colored in, she's happy. Yours would make her squeal in delight.

07-03-2010, 03:51 PM
Hi, Tintin. Your sketchbook is coming along nicely. I enjoy your animal sketches the most.

Vivien Maloney
07-05-2010, 10:07 PM
Hi there Tintin - I'm trying to catch up with more of the Journals from this Forum and I've discovered that I'd somehow missed yours before. Don't know how I did that but I've looked through your pages that you've posted so far, and they are great. Will look forward to seeing more from you.