Sketches Archives

Illustrations, sketches, paintings, renderings and half baked ideas. It’s my online sketch book.

White Collar Sketches

Every once in a while I get grabbed by a major TV show – either because of stunning visuals and/or good storytelling. A few years ago we started watching White Collar, and even though it took a bit of getting used to, Julia and I are hooked.

The other day we’ve finished watching Season 5 on iTunes, and if you believe the internet there’s a final 6th Season being shot in New York right now – with only 6 episodes. In the UK we’d call that a “full length season” and drag it out over the course of two years – but in the US television landscape six episodes is rather unheard of.

I haven’t done much drawing over the last few weeks in favour of iOS hacking and exploring vintage computers – so I thought the timing is perfect to turn the inspiration from all those stunning visuals and riveting storytelling in White Collar into a project:

The White Collar Sketches

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Zen Brush Sketch: Spike

I’ve done done some more drawing exercises and came up with this little character: Spike (due do this hair style). I’ve started him in Manga Studio and can’t stop drawing him now. Julia says he always looks like he’s in trouble (I’m still working on the happier expressions). This sketch was done in Zen Brush …

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It’s a Kodak World – Welcome!

I’ve finished another sketch in Manga Studio, still trying to come to grips with it. This time I’ve used my trusty old Wacom Bamboo tablet. It’s handles just as nice as my Intuos 4. Doug TenNapel was right: the hardware doesn’t really matter that much (even though I love my Intuos). Thats great news as …

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Freehand Sketch

I’ve tried out two new apps here: the first one is Procreate, a drawing app for iPad. It’s up there with SketchBook Pro and Brushes (which I haven’t tried yet). Procreate is a very nice and fairly simple drawing programme with high-res canvases and unlimited undo functions. It has a very cool smudge tool and …

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Shading Exercise

I remember the very fist lesson in Art Academy on the Nindento DS is to draw a circle, turn it into an apple and apply basic shading. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at it and I tried to recreate it from memory – here’s the result. I need a lot more practice to …

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Racist Bug

We found this weird looking bug lose to the beach one day and took some pictures. An orange thing with black spikes sticking out – an amazing creation. When I looked into the custom Sketchbook Pro brutes I found EXACTLY that bug! Wonder what he’s called and if he’s still alive…

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Sketch of Aimee Morakot

I’ve only just started using Sketchbook Pro for iPad and I love it! I’m trying my hand at many retrace and freehand sketches. This picture of Miss Thailand Universe came up in the popular section on Instagram. I loved the moody shot of a figure and thought this would be a great drawing exercise. I …

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Shelf Life, Episode #467 – starring BEN GAY

I discovered Ben on a packet of pain medicine at Walgreen’s. Him and his mate (also called Ben Gay) could have the most amazing conversations I thought. Then I discovered Halftone which turns photos into stylised images and let’s you add speech bubbles and captions. There are several apps that do this – let’s see …

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Harinezumi in my Hand

I wanted to use the original picture as a product shot for my Harinezumi review but I felt it didn’t look quite right. However this morning I found an app called Pencil vs Camera which turns your pictures into pencil sketches – and it does a really good job at it. As an added gimmick …

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Palm Tree

I shot this on Harinezumi in Miami, it was originally a blurred shot of a Palm Tree in macro mode. It works great as a desktop background (see below). I took it into Sketchbook Express to have a fiddle and I loved playing with it so much that I decided to upgrade to the Pro …

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Bench Sketch

This was originally an Instagram picture by Rick Stillwell. I loved it and thought this would make for some great pencil drawing practice in SketchBook Pro. See Rick’s fabulous original picture here.

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Every Man, Woman and Child

Ever since I tried Art Acedemy for Nintendo DS I thought wouldn’t it be great to have a tool like that with a bigger screen and more drawing controls? Like the professionals have? Like a Wacom Tablet with a built-in screen? It appears to have arrived as an app for the iPad – and it’s …

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