One Sketch a Day: Week 3

I fell under the sickness that was going around last week, but I’m feeling much better today! Thankfully, we are back on track and have sketches to show! Here is week 3 of my Sketch a Day journey.


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Above, I have various sketches of pieces I’m considering making for Comic-Con International. Before I know it, Comic-Con will be around the corner and I have much to prepare! This is definitely the biggest show of the year that I prepare for. Despite the craziness, it is a lot of fun to do! 🙂

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On March 12, I went to my friend, Veronica’s, birthday and housewarming party.  Hanging on her wall, she had framed surreal painting of a large cat and a small girl that I loved. I was just barely able to sketch a general outline of the figures and then when I got home I filled in all the details from I could remember.  I’m sure I made a few creative embellishments here and there. 😉  On March 15, I made some sketches of cherry blossoms that I am going to fabricate for an upcoming project.  I drew details of the flower to give me a better idea of how I will make this metal. On March 16, I am still sketching out more ideas for my Creative Stone Setting class that I am teaching right now.  I have clearly finalized how I will approach future demonstrations for the class. On March 17, is a drawing of another fun piece that I might make for Comic-Con: a cute mini marshmallow character!

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On March 18th, I was sketching a husky for a felt sculpture. Fortunately, I finished making the little husky and recently delivered it this past weekend. Here is a little peak at what the finished project looked like!

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My last entry for the week was on March 19.  I was watching Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video and fell in love with the sphinx cat head masks that her back up dancers were wearing.  These sketches were inspired by the masks and I drew the heads from multiple angles. I’ve always found sphinx cats to be very fascinating to look at, therefore these drawings might evolve someday into a finished jewelry piece.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my most recent sketches!

Here, again, are links to the sketch book that I use and my favorite drawing pens:

One Sketch a Day: A Visual Journal

Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black

Copic Markers SP Multiliner Set A with Replaceable Nib

If you would like the watch the accompanying video I made of my sketch a day journey you can watch it below!

One Sketch A Day: Week 1

I was an Illustration major when I was in undergraduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design. Even though I went on to teach and work in the jewelry industry, I still find tremendous satisfaction from the drawing process. I came across this sketch book in 2012 at the San Diego Museum of Art gift shop and immediately fell in love with it! The book is called: “One Sketch a Day” and is by Chronicle Books.

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I love the sketch book’s retro styling! It has a 1950s textbook feel.  In the interior, each page is divided into two sections for drawing, making it a manageable size to tackle on a daily basis. At the beginning of each section, one can write in the specific date of when the drawing was created.

Interior of sketchbook

Interior of sketchbook

Above are some of my early drawings in the sketchbook. I find the paper quality to be decent, despite what I read in some of the reviews of this sketchbook. This is not a multimedia sketchbook, therefore I found pens to work the best.  Micron and Copic Multiliners are my favorite brands to draw with to achieve the kind of fine detail that I am looking for.  Here are a few links for sets of these pens:

Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black 

Copic Markers SP Multiliner Set A with Replaceable Nib

Good old ball point pens are also excellent to sketch with! I can build up light layers when shading that give my drawings a similar feel to those done with pencil!

Below are some later sketches.

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I worked in the sketchbook more consistently in 2012, however, in 2013…well…I ceased to make it a priority to draw in this book. In 2013, I finished a dismal two sketches! Now that we are in a new year, I want to draw on a regular basis and I feel, hopefully, that creating blog posts and videos about my weekly progress will give me the structure I need to produce. This time around I will use the sketchbook as a tool to aid in my design process for jewelry designs and other creative freelance projects. This will in turn give me more purpose in utilizing this awesome sketchbook! I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my drawings! I hope this encourages you to practice sketching as well!  If you are interested in this specific sketchbook, check it out here:

One Sketch a Day: A Visual Journal

If you would like to watch my video review of “One Sketch a Day”, you can watch it here: