whoa, we’re halfway there….

So i finished all the rough sketches i plan for my sketchbook project book.  I’m pretty pleased.  I left a couple pages at the back blank for a retrospective once I’m done with the finished work.  This puts me in a good place to spend roughly 1 month picking pages to refine/color/complete.  I probably won’t do all of them.  A first pass will include refining some sketches and adding color to pieces that really need it, and polishing “favorites.”  Then I’ll go back and continue the process until I run out of time, or don’t want to do any more.  The whole thing has to go in the mail January 15th, and there are other projects looming.

I am not going to post everything here, as some of it is still *really* rough, but I’ll give highlights.  I’ve got scans of all my page spreads, and the double octopuses are page 19.  Altogether there are 38 page spreads, and the inside cover.

I finally got the motivation to fill in the front inside cover with a little intro note.

It helps that I was sitting next to Rachel Mellow today while she was working on an art nouveau piece.  It’s a little reminiscent of the framing i did on an art book I made a couple years ago. The bunny is fun, and something I haven’t visited much lately.

I’m just going to go through these really quick… I did a tree because i often draw plants on people or in doodles, but not actually *in* something that I think of making people look at, and they look pretty darned good!

That got me thinking about this piece i did with a rose when i was in high school… it was goofy, so i repeated the image but this time with a big fat bee…

After some more mucking through rough images i stumbled onto some circus fun… probably right around when i reworked a poster image for another circus show in January…

And of course… if you’re me… you can’t do something cute and sweet without following it up with something creepy (that to me somehow seems to still be cute)…

Next thing worth noting is a nice snail… not the first mollusk in here, but a pretty one nonetheless…

Some dancing monsters… i like this one because you actually get a chance to see how i rough these guys in…

Nothing says mundane day to day work like bunnies…

and i closed up with a couple self portraits.

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