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Monday, October 1, 2007

About SketchBlog



My name is Rob. I'm 29 years old, I live in Los Angeles, and I'm a professional art director. While I work mostly with graphic design and video, illustration has always been my favorite means of expression. I grew up an only child of a single mother, so my sketchbook and my imagination were often my best childhood friends. My brain was raised on a hearty diet of comic books, toy robots, saturday morning cartoons, Star Wars, and Nintendo. And not a whole lot has changed since then, really, except that my sketchbook has gone digital.

I originally made this SketchBlog as an exercise in creative discipline - an attempt to get myself to draw more and play around with images and ideas that wouldn't fit in my professional work. A playground for the side of my brain that never really grew up, I suppose. It's proved to be a tremendous motivational tool, and I'm really pleased with some of the art that's come out of it so far.

If you want to see how I spend the rest of my time, you can visit my professional portfolio. If you want to follow my meaningless banter all day long, you can follow me on Twitter. You can also email me at rob (at) rob-sheridan (dot) com. I love getting emails, but I am notoriously terrible at responding to them.

Some of the illustrations from here, and a lot of photos I've taken, can be found on my Flickr page. I also have a page on Facebook, if that's your thing.

You can check out images I've bookmarked on my Ffffound page.

If you still want to know more, here is a very incomplete list of things which have influenced me, and other visual artists I admire:

Influences:

Comic Books
Dave McKean
Jim Henson
Indiana Jones
Nintendo
Pixar
Robots
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Science
Science Fiction
Steven Spielberg
Star Wars
Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)


Admirations:

Banksy
David Carson
Cyriak
Garbage Pail Kids
Michel Gondry
David Lynch
Mars-1
The Perry Bible Fellowship
Alex Ross
Space Invader
Joel-Peter Witkin
Ashley Wood
XKCD