Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sketchbook

-By Mike Butkus


This is one of my sketchbooks that I carry with me everywhere along with my travel-size Windsor Newton watercolor kit. With a cheap black Bic pen to start off my sketch, and with the help of the wonderful mid-value paper, I was able to create some creatures that are still some of my favorites till this day. A little trick for making your sketchbook illustrations more vibrant is to later use Gesso for the highlights and then once dried, apply a thin layer over it using Acrylic dyes increasing the vibrancy ten fold.


This next one is a character design sketch, using black prismacolor pencil, watercolor and gesso on a bristle paper. I also use a 9 h pencil for the designs on the vest and a little airbrush to enhance the overall form and shape of our little guy. Gesso works great for the highlights and with a little water.


37 comments:

  1. Simply Outstanding! It's things like this that make me want to push my own forms further.

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  2. I prefer seeing sketches and sketch books much more than finished illustrations :) Amazing works!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Beautiful work!
    The beautiful shapes and vibrant colors are so inspiring, they make me want to get creative myself!

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  4. Wow, I really love these, Are there any plans to release a sketchbook print for sale? If so I will definitely purchase. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Mike- Amazing work! I'm with Robert about the sketchbook. You have such perfect timing- i was looking for a travel watercolor kit and i love the effect on the mid tone paper. Thanks!

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  7. Fantastic! Makes part of me want to hang up my pencil, and the other part of me want to bury my nose in my sketchbook for the entire day. Very inspiring!

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  8. Awesome sketchbook! I'd like to hear more about using Acrylic dyes. I've never tried that.

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  9. This rocked my mind out!! Can't get enough of this!

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  10. I wonder how you can paint with watercolor over toned paper...tons of layers? tons of pigment?
    In any case...very inspiring, it made my day.

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    1. From what I understand, he puts the gesso in the areas that he wishes to highlight and then goes over the gesso with the acrylic dyes.

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  11. I didn't know you. My really big bad!
    These sketches border on something from a mad necromancer/alkimist!
    WOW

    Where do you use the airbrush?

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  12. Simply amazingly fresh and vibrant work!! I've been looking for a good sketchbook with toned paper that handles wet media well. Where can I get one just like yours?!

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  13. Hey thank you every one! You can order the sketchbooks thru Carter Sexton art store. As for painting with watercolor in my sketchbook, I tend to use the watercolor or gouache (opaque watercolor) very thinly for initial washes and use less water to make it more opaque. To thicken it even further I like to mix either gesso into the paint or white gouache.

    Acrylic dyes or liquid acrylic paint are quite common. Com Art Paints are great but have shellac in them and are difficult to draw back on to them without spraying some sort of fixative back onto your painting. Liquitex makes a super low viscosity paint ready to use with the airbrush if you please and Liquitex is great to work back on to with your prisma pencils.

    http://www.cartersexton.com
    Cheers
    Mike

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  14. Amazing work. I noticed the note on the drawings about them being for a book. Is the book already in print?

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  15. Hey thanks, PatternGhost, I'am shooting for the end of the year with a dvd, finger crossed.
    cheers
    Mike

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  17. Now that my daughters and son left me some spare time, I spent it trying your technique Mike. I hadn't enjoyed so much since a long long time, even though I just did a quick small doodle.
    You may take a look at it here: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rTMjvKgbijk/UauD1jWMUDI/AAAAAAAAGmc/YCkMAGvHifE/s640/130602+-+orc+by+tayete+after+Butkus2.jpg
    (sorry for assaulting your thread, Mr. Butkus).

    Please, tell us where we can preorder your DVD, and PLEASE, publish your sketchbooks!!! I'd love to own them. Ask Justin G. about his sketchbooks and how well they are sold...

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  18. Thank you Chanko and Mr. Tayete García Mazariegos! And I would be more than happy to see your sketches.
    cheers
    Mike

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  19. Sorry, somehow blogspot didn't accept my link to my drawing. Here it is, I hope, a link to my sketch, "after Butkus".

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  20. Great job, I like your colors, drawing and texture. Well done.
    cheers
    Mike
    /Users/mike/Desktop/130602 - orc by tayete after Butkus2.jpg

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  22. So motivating! :) I need to go look at some 'acrylic dyes' to help my watercolored sketches pop! :) thank you for sharing!

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  24. your work is amazing, I enjoy the level of detail put into each piece especially the last one. Keep up the great work.

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  26. Wow this is really awesome, thanks for showing it! Do you rough in shapes with watercolor first and then draw with the ink pen on top? I haven't found a good waterproof bic pen to do this with and the ink smears. Or do you just work with the smearing?

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  27. where did you get that sketchbook?

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  29. I admire your ability and love your characters.

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  31. Thanks for the headsup, I'll purchase it now.

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