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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ice World

So, it's been a while. I've spent the last seven months doing a rather excessive amount of traveling, working on a number of exciting projects with Nine Inch Nails, and generally just never getting a chance to sit down and draw - much to my dismay. But over the Christmas break I was up in Seattle during a big snowstorm, and like last year I was inspired by the snowy landscape. This time it was the atmosphere of the wintry Northwest and the layers of trees. So I started on this drawing, but didn't quite finish it up there, and found it quite a bit less inspiring to work on once I returned to the very un-wintry 86 degree weather in Los Angeles. I finally sat down and finished it up last night though, and I'm hoping it will be the first of many more Sketchblog entries in 2009. Drawing more is one of my New Year's resolutions, after all.

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Here's a detail and the original sketch.

I made a wallpaper version, which required some sliding around and cloning of elements so I wouldn't have to crop the image, but it worked out alright.

This proved a nice warm-up and I have a lot of ideas for new prints and sketches, so with any luck there will be some activity around here. Thanks to everyone who's been keeping an eye on this page while it's been dormant - I'm always amazed at how many emails and print orders I get even when I'm neglecting Sketchblog. Remember to subscribe to the RSS feed or the email list (use the form at the bottom of the right-hand column of this page) to get alerts when new things turn up here.

The holiday rush has sold out a couple more prints, and Leaving Town and Cereal Mascot Reunion are getting close to being gone. I'm also, after numerous requests, taking custom orders for prints of other Sketchblog images not specifically listed on the prints page - email prints (at) if there's a specific image you're looking for a print of.

Oh, and if you haven't seen them yet, I put up some new travel photos from Peru and Panama on my tourist page a little while back, and also some fun macro photos of one of my favorite old childhood games over at my Flickr.

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Anonymous Staci said...

Glad to see you back, Rob! It's about time! :P

January 20, 2009 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...

I believe the winter storms of that vernacular are few and far between (13+ years for Portland) but much loved and loathed- very creative with the wild octopi in the wintery setting of the Northwest.

January 20, 2009 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Mimi said...

I've missed sketchblog! This is very cool, one day when I actually experience PROPER snow I hope the scene looks like this, ha.

January 20, 2009 3:30 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

You shitbag, you came up here and you didn't see me?!?! I'm hurt and offended.

January 20, 2009 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

The tourist photographs are amazing, and perfectly suited for helping one to live vicariously. Thank you for posting them.

January 20, 2009 3:50 PM  
Blogger Chowderhawk said...

So that's what you were doing when you tweeted that you were drawing octopuses.

I like it, keep up the good work.

January 20, 2009 4:21 PM  
Blogger youarehere! said...

i love the detail of the trees! nice work

January 20, 2009 5:14 PM  
Blogger pb said...

Sweet! My dad lives near Seattle, it was quite the snowstorm I'm told.

Keep up the good work!

January 20, 2009 5:33 PM  
Blogger Bawitdaba said...

i always knew aliens liked the snow

January 20, 2009 5:58 PM  
Anonymous TheBlob said...

cute octopuses- they look bewildered!

January 20, 2009 6:21 PM  
Anonymous djfp said...

Glad to see your have returned to your sketching. I was in dire need of a new desktop wallpaper, and this one certainly fits the bill (I too weathered the "OMFG12inchesOfSnowInPugetSoundWTF" storm in Bellevue...worst I've seen in about 10 years!)

January 20, 2009 6:48 PM  
Blogger Kimby said...

I love mollusks, so naturally this kind of thing makes me smile.

As a side note, I'm not sure whether to love or hate you: thanks to you, I've watched Love Is Like Oxygen about a million times today.

January 20, 2009 8:03 PM  
Blogger gracearcasm said...

As much as I dislike octopodes, I'm glad to hear there's even a chance of this being regularly updated!

January 20, 2009 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, its been so long.

January 21, 2009 6:46 AM  
Blogger Alabama said...

Good to have you back, Rob! The sketch is beautiful, Thanks.

January 21, 2009 12:28 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Glad to see more stuff. I love snow themes and this is the best!

January 21, 2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger Selestrielle said...

The waiting was long and terrible, but in the dark and unkind woods of No-Updateia, a spark of light was born. And it was kind of a blue and purple and green light, but anyway, it made a bunch of people really happy. And writing like this refrains me from pressing the Y and A and Y keys of my keyboard very hard and a lot of times... anyway

Very cool drawing, but it would have been simpler to draw it from here: white page + a line of sky on top. AAaaaah Canada. No really, the two aliens seem to be taking a "tourist" picture like when you ask someone else to take the picture for you :P

By the way, you are my blog of the week since monday. Very prestigious for the three persons who read my blog (2 of them don't leave comments), but anyway, just so you know.

January 21, 2009 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Wayne Tully said...

The top of your ice world art reminded me of a christmas card and the octapuses looked kind of tired against the backdrop of snow.

This is a good piece, A suitably sketched and snow scene in the background and the trees with tips of snow on the branches just looked ace and really set the scene and actually felt really cold.

January 22, 2009 2:48 AM  
Anonymous lovin said...

Great to see you back in action Demonbaby!!!

Here's to a great new year with many more sketches for us to view!


January 22, 2009 7:40 AM  
Blogger E. Kubinek said...

Glad to have you back Rob!
Hope all is well - love the new sketch!

January 23, 2009 12:23 AM  
Blogger Dante said...

Thanks for the new wallpaper! you are the coolest guy in (insert your city that you currently reside in).

January 23, 2009 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Atlanta real estate said...

Awesome! I love the design and the snow theme is fitting right now! Considering most of the country is getting hammered with it!

January 24, 2009 5:51 PM  
Blogger Ratexla Kettleburn aka Yoze said...

"Little bunnies freezing in the snow
Winter's such an ugly brute"



Gooooood NY resolution too.

January 28, 2009 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Sally said...

Wow, awesome! It looks like they are tourists who take photo with the scenery. The octopus is cute, and I like the expression.
It matched with the snowy background- fells like cold, silent, and empty. Loved the detailed trees and snow on the branches,.. Anyway, nicework xD

May 28, 2009 10:53 AM  
Anonymous K.Black said...

Welcome back, Rob!

What I love about your art is that you create these otherworldly creatures that are elementally human. I can see recognizably earthly emotion and connection between them. (Joe Sorren also has this same quality.) Well done!

June 13, 2009 10:08 PM  

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