I’ve been itching to play with ink pens again and #Inktober has offered me the perfect excuse! This global illustration challenge invites illustrators and doodlers to set themselves the task of creating a new ink illustration every day throughout October.
To see more of my sketchbook doodles and experiments browse the sketchbook category on my blog, or head over to my Instagram page @stina_jones
I’ve been neglecting my sketchbooks a bit lately as my iPad and Apple Pencil combo has become more convenient for rough work.
My sketchbooks haven’t disappeared from my workflow though and I’m still using them for playing with traditional media and enjoying time away from my screens.
Here are a few favourites since my last post.
I’ve kept up with my sketchbooking since starting up again last year. I’m being a bit less precious with pages these days and filling them up with ideas more quickly.
There’s a mix of themes in this compilation as I’ve been jumping back and forth between a few different things – studies, experiments, patterns, and character doodles.
To see more sketchbook works browse the Sketchbook Tag on my blog, or head over to my Instagram page @stina_jones
I have a habit of getting caught up in the details of my work and can drive myself daft overthinking presentation or fussing over linework (and it’s almost always the details nobody else even notices!)
My drawing technique was starting to feel ridged and unnatural as a result, so in an attempt to loosen up my flow I set myself the challenge of filling a couple of a cheap sketchbooks with quick spontaneous character doodles that I made up as I went along.
It’s been almost a year since I started keeping a regular sketchbook and I’m so glad I found the time to keep it up! When I flick through all the doodles, experiments and miniature artworks that filled last year’s sketchbook, I see how integral the exercise has been in the development of my work and how many ideas I’ve caught along the way that I may not have otherwise.
Here are a few favourites since my last post. I’ll definitely be keeping it up in 2016.
I’ve been doing some more experimenting with textured grayscale fills lately – playing with pencils, markers, and a combination of both. It’s taken a few attempts to get the results as I’d like, but I’m finding a flow that I’m happy with now. Here area few favourites.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that I’ve been getting back into Sketchbooking this year. I’ve never been big on keeping a sketchbook so I’ve had to make a conscious effort to do so in order to get into the habit.
I still feel more comfortable brainstorming concept ideas on big sheets of loose paper, particularly when it comes to graphic design stuff and client work. However, I’ve been making more of an effort to fill my sketchbook with studies and test pieces for my own personal projects. I’m starting to appreciate the advantages of both making the time to do so and having it to hand to catch ideas whenever they pop into my head.
Here are a few of my favourite pages since my last post back in February.
I’m terrible at keeping sketchbooks – I don’t see them as much more than pads of paper so I’m forever cutting pages out to use for other things, or filling them with to-do lists and meeting notes instead of drawings, or just generally defeating the object of having one!