Early Sketchbooks, vol. 3 (Early?)

In celebration of the October meme “Inktober” – a recognition for the art of inking or inkers, falling within the illustration and comics crowd – I thought I would share some sketchbook stuff. I have always had a preference for ink and have thought that Inktober is a nice idea. As I was already going through a bunch of old sketchbooks, I thought I’d take some snaps and give you a smattering of crazed and lewd scribblings from yesteryear.

Part 3 covers samples from 2001 to within a few years ago. Marked by a large shift from fantastical and imagination based drawing to academic studies and working out drafts for finished pieces.  Drier work.  And more sparse as my time was populated by graphic design and game design work.  Many spurts to regain my drawing hand and a regular sketchbook practice.

I’ve always sketched in ink, with a preference for Uniball micro black and a Kuratake 40 brush pen.  Settling into my now constant use of Stillman and Birn sketchbooks.

The next, and final, installment will cover my most recent sketches which are primarily landscape studies.  Most of them have already been posted here but I’ll revisit them in context of this format.

The examples here are in chronological order. Some detailed notes about the drawings when you mouseover the thumbnail images.

E. Tage Larsen

E. Tage Larsen is an artist, designer and dog robber. You may encounter him as an art gallery director, branding designer or illustrator. His work has received awards from "Society of Illustrators", "American Illustration", 'Print' magazine annual as well as the LogoLounge and LogoLounge 'Master Series' annuals. Essays on design and fine art have appeared in numerous magazines and web sites.

Among his less savory qualities, he's a poor sport, a sore loser and ill fitted for honest labor. He makes bad friends and worse decisions. Animals avoid him and children despise him. He's been known to drink to excess, carry on with seditious talk and leer at women. He's a coward, a card cheat and a known liar.

Mrs. Call's second grade class said perhaps all that needed to be said about Larsen.In a moment of vindication and possibly clarity, Call would add to Larsen's permanent record that he was a bit of a dreamer and that Larsen was "an excellent student but his grades trailed off in the final semester."True, Larsen was filled with promise and saddled as starry-eyed but one can't help but notice that Call's inability to chisel this raffish diamond-in-rough wasn't also a clerical trick to distance herself from the responsibility of the 'Nurture' debate.She also said he was "prompt".She wasn't wrong.

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