Sea Otter Sketchbook

At the beginning of the year, two of my favorite artist, Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying (you can see their work here) started a sketchbook challenge. The objective was to fill a sketchbook by the end of January. Pretty ambitious goal and a fantastic excuse to by another sketchbook, but I resisted. I decided to make the challenge more personal by using old sketchbooks from college that I barely used. It was a ton of fun and a great way to explore without the pressure.

Sadly enough I didn’t finish the challenge in time. Lots of exciting projects were happening at work, that I cannot wait to share. This sketchbook overlaps with the #Sketch_Dailies that I mentioned in a previous post. In this sketchbook, I wanted to break away from the standard looking forward portraits I doodle and practice drawing different poses. I feel silly for not doing this diligently before. I’m putting my shyness aside for my love of sketching. My sketches also lack movement and emotions, I real want to capture feelings in my work. I practiced by drawing people at cafes by sketching them as quickly as possible. I still have a long ways to go but at least its a start. Here is an example:


I also discovered how much I love to use my brush pen. One of my favorites is the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, the soft version. I picked up a hard tip version and I really like that one too. Towards the end of the sketchbook, I started experimenting with Montana Acrylic Markers. I’m pretty obsessed with them now and invested in a couple more dozen markers since. I think I might have an addiction in art supplies.

I learned a lot in this sketchbook, I’m excited to learn more in the next one. On a side note, my dear friend Allison made me the sea otter sticker for Christmas, you can check out her cute work at I absolutely love sea otters if thats not noticeable yet.

To see more work from this sketchbook, you can visit this link here.

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