Sketchbook: Extra’s and Warm-ups

Today’s new blog post features sketches from over the last couple of weeks I have done, plus an extra artwork and an archive sketch.

To start with, the artwork right below, “Snow Monster” was created as an extra to post via Social Media and used as a banner for the website at Don’t Pick the Flowers. I love this drawing showing Suzanne with her Snow Monster creation. You will notice characters, which have been in a few of the comics in the past, plus a new one “Bob”. I thought it was time to integrate these characters back into the story line and plan to use them on a regular basis. Don’t worry; the focus is still on Suzanne, Vincent and Duck.

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Top Left: This is a warm up sketch from one morning of Benedict Cumberbatch or Sherlock Holmes.

Top Right: Late night sketch of Suzanne, this was done with a brush pen.

Bottom Left: Another warm up sketch, this is Siouxie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. I think she is playing dead in this picture.

Bottom Right: From the archives, I did this sketch of David Bowie last year (2013) on his birthday. I thought it would be cool to post this and may pull some more sketches from the archives on a later date.

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Keep sketching and creating, take care everyone, David Hurley

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Flipping through the Sketch Book

I’ve had some fun over the last week or so in the sketch book and wanted to share some of my favorite drawings. Posting sketches seems to be happening on a regular basis, and I hope you are enjoying taking a peak behind the scenes. I’ve also added a Don’t Pick the Flowers extra to this post and pulled a sketch from the archives. I’ve actually done more than this, but for this week I’ve picked these as winners to display. Below each drawing you will find an explanation of each particular sketch.

Duck and Unicorn, an extra Don't Pick the Flowers artwork with a quote from JRR Tolkien.

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First artwork: Duck and Unicorn, an extra Don’t Pick the Flowers artwork with a quote from JRR Tolkien.

Top Left: A warm up sketch I did one day of performance artist, Laurie Anderson.

Top Right: A charcoal sketch of Clay Animation heroes Wallace and Gromit.

Bottom Left: A cartoony marker sketch of Grace Jones.

Bottom Right: Last week I posted a sketch of Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, this is Robin Guthrie (former Cocteau Twins now solo). I drew this last year on his birthday. Maybe I should have posted them side by side last week, but here he is.

Again, I hope you’ve enjoyed looking inside my sketch book. There will be more sketches to post next week, until then, keep sketching!  David

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From the Sketchbook

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This week I’ve picked some sketches to post at Don’t Pick the Flowers blog.

Top Left: For fun I was playing around with Copic pens and coloring pencils. Suzanne is feeling the effects of the weather.

Top Right: It’s been a while since I have worked with watercolors so I tried my hand with them again, this is what I came up with.

Bottom Left: A sketch of Suzanne with chalk pastels.

Bottom Right: A sketch of Vincent Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure). A little know fact, my character Vincent’s name was taken from the legendary Vince Clarke.

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the sketches I’ve been doing recently. It’s always good to have your hands busy keeping, learning, and developing art skills.

Below: And here’s one more, a sketch of Elizabeth Frasier (Cocteau Twins). I have loved the ethereal sound of the Cocteau Twins and Elizabeth’s voice for many years. So as a warm-up sketch I wanted to reproduce her. Cheers! David

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Extras and Sketches

This week on Don’t Pick the Flowers blog, I thought I would post a couple of extra “comics” I published via social media, plus a look at my random sketches and doodles. My sketches are drawn with tools, from cheap coloring pencils to Copic pens. When I’m sketching, I’m not trying to make a masterpiece, in general. Rather, I am playing around seeing what I can do or a subject I think would be neat to try to reproduce. I hope you enjoy a look inside of my sketchbook, which is always a good place to spend my extra time.

Two winter extras: On the left Duck as a snowman, and on the right Snow Bob (Robert Smith of The Cure as a snowman).

Two winter extras: On the left Duck as a snowman, and on the right Snow Bob (Robert Smith of The Cure as a snowman).

From my sketchbook. Top left: Abominable Snowman from Looney Toons (my version). Top Right: Dr Finkelstein (Nightmare Before Christmas), Bottom left: Suzanne (pastels), Bottom right: My ink sketch version of Edward Scissorhands.

From my sketchbook. Top left: Abominable Snowman from Looney Toons (my version). Top Right: Dr Finkelstein (Nightmare Before Christmas), Bottom left: Suzanne (pastels), Bottom right: My ink sketch version of Edward Scissorhands.

 

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Social Media Posts 3

This is part 3 of Social Media posts which have been a review of extra comics I’ve placed on places like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, GooglePlus, Pinterest, etc to add a little flavor for the viewer. They deserve a home besides being out there in cyberspace. Some are better than others, but they were all fun to create. Below I will give a description of each.

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Top left: Vincent and Suzanne have been “ducked”, a new meaning to Duck Face.

Top Center: 4th of July art with Duck.

Top Left: Fall/Thanksgiving promo with Suzanne.

Middle Left: Suzanne and Duck on a bench with a quote from Carol Burnett.

Middle Center: Happy Thanksgiving promo with Don’t Pick the Flowers.

Center Right: Halloween promo with Duck in his “Ghost” costume.

Bottom Left: One of my favorites, Suzanne in a Spacecraft.

Bottom Center: The gang as Bobbleheads.

Bottom Right: Edward Duck (Duck as Edward Scissorhands).

I hope you enjoy these, if you would like larger images to view, check Don’t Pick the Flowers Facebook fanpage or Don’t Pick the Flowers on Tumblr where you will see the extras posted first.

 

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