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Here are my unedited sketchbook pages for the weekend of 5/12/17 – 5/14/17 (about 7 hours of sketching). Let me know what you’d like to see more of!

 

Early Worms

Out of the daily doodles and random lines, sometimes something really inspiring and simple appears and becomes a continuing theme in your work. These little worm-like creatures became an obsession sometime in 2015. I did over 40 acrylic paintings of many sizes as well as doodled them wherever I could. Eventually I coined the name Early Worms.

I think it’s pretty cool that even something entirely imagined can adhere to a sort of logic of imagery and physics.

I started doing acrylic paintings for the Early Worms and ended up doing tons of variations on the theme. Check out a few of them below, including a 3.5 ft by 4 ft worm.

I like to think each drawing is actual size, which inspires me to do a huge painting or sculpture someday. Hey, it could happen! I already have so many that I’m trying to get rid of them.

If you’re interested in purchasing either acrylic paintings or prints, Early Worm original acrylic paintings are available on Etsy HERE and prints are available on Society6 HERE. I’ve also got some more exciting Early Worm projects coming up! Stay tuned.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

 

Sketchbooks (Old stuff)

In 2007 I began keeping a regular sketchbook. Before now they’ve pretty much been boxed up and in a closet, so I decided to share some of this stuff. 🙂

The first few sketchbooks were classic Moleskin Medium black notebooks, but that got expensive so I resorted to Piccadilly Medium black which are almost identical and $5.99 instead of $19.99. In general it takes about one to three months to fill up a book. At the time I wasn’t really considering a career in art, having just moved to Los Angeles to work in the Film/TV business, so a lot of the notebooks were full of random ideas and daily planning, in addition to the sketches.

71 sketchbooks from between 2007 and 2017. Custom covers by yours truly.

Here are some of the sketch books from the very start (circa 2007):

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I found writing in the notebooks to be sort of cathartic, especially with the stress of being new to Los Angeles, living on my own for the first time and having zero money.

It’s a lot of fun to go back through the books and remind myself of all the wild times. It can be good to get some perspective on how far I’ve come artistically and personally. Every once in a while I’ll find something that surprises me. “I can’t believe I was drawing cool stuff like that back then, why haven’t I been drawing more of that!?” Lol.

The two biggest reasons to keep the sketchbooks (aka: notebooks, journals, or just usually just ‘books’) for me are:

1) Practice, practice, practice! It became habit to pull out the book, which I had with me where ever I went, and doodle, sketch, write or plan things. Now it’s second nature to go to the book in any idle moments (hopefully instead of the cell phone), and all that idle time and sketching adds up!

2) The books hold tons of ideas from throughout the years. When I go back and look through them there are seeds to so many great concepts (at least I think so). There are so many ideas that would have been lost to the years that I can continue building on.

I will share more on these sketchbooks sometime! Tell me what you think in the comments. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Thanks!

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I’m going to share a little bit more of my sketchbooks than the limited amount that makes the Instagram. I will put up some of these pages every once in a while.

This set here is only a few pages from one weekend of coffeeshop sketching (about 6 hours). I want to share the pages without altering them to give people a realistic look at all the unfinished work and studies. Enjoy!

OC Children’s Book Festival 2016

Our book “Could You Hug A Cactus?” was at the Orange Country Children’s Book Festival 2016! The booth was complete with the 10 foot tall huggable cactus and desert heat (90 degrees!). Phillip Van Wagoner and I had a blast, and some good friends visited as well.

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Our friend Matthew McKinley, myself and the author (and friend!) Phillip Van Wagoner with the 10ft cactus.

It is always really special to meet families and kids who are interested in the book. It’s good for the soul to talk to kids and to hear what they have to say about the book, and things in general! I always feel overwhelmed at the end of the day thinking back on all the amazing people I got to meet.

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Captain Tall Tale shares a hug with the cactus!

imag0964Also, the author Phillip Van Wagoner and myself both got to try out our Presenter-chops at the Storyteller stage and Illustrator stage, respectively (both were a team effort). What a day!

It was a great opportunity to meet industry professionals, authors and Illustrators, book shop owners and folks working on all sorts of different projects.

People at book fairs really seem to respond to the quality of the book, which for Phil and I is a testament to our attention to detail throughout the process. We really tried to make something special with “Could You Hug A Cactus?” and love hearing people’s feedback.

If you’re reading this blog and haven’t had a chance to check out the book, please check out our book on Amazon and look through a few pages and see what you think. Leave a comment and let me know!

SpencerSmithArt.com Debut!

Hello! Thank you for visiting SpencerSmithArt.com!

Please take a look around. Check out my current Portfolio and past video work like Randy’s Notebook and the infamous Jazz Sockumentary.

If you or anyone you know is looking for character design, illustration, storyboarding or commissioned art pieces, you can contact me at spencersmith.go@gmail.com.

I want to hear from YOU! The main purpose of this site is to open up the doors of my creative process and get you involved. Leave a comment, let me know what you like and what you want to see more of.

I will be adding weekly blog entries with insights into my current projects (art, comics, concepts, and writing), so stay tuned!

Thank you!

– Spencer Smith

 

Free-flow Acrylic Sketching

 

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I wanted to share a little of my process for a specific type of acrylic exercise I’ve done in the past.  It is a lot of fun and you can really surprise yourself with the result!

To begin I apply a random pattern of paint to a canvas or page and then build up the design based on the initial reaction I have. Sort of like looking at a cloud and saying “what do you see?” or a Rorschach test, but we get to take it one step further!

There are some artists who are very good at this, turning coffee stains or little children’s art scribbles into highly designed pieces of art. I do it for fun and to develop that part of my brain/eye, thus my use of the word ‘sketch’. Here are a few examples of mine:

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These canvases are cheaply purchased in 10 packs from Michael’s, or most art supplies stores. I’ll throw a little black and dark-brown acrylic down and pre-treat a bunch of them all at once. In this case the brown ‘primed’ canvases were done weeks ago.

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I’ll simply and as haphazardly as possible apply a few drops of acrylic paint (of whatever color I choose) and then randomly pull the paint around. Here are the (4) that I’ve begun today:

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Stay true to your inner child here, don’t think, that’s the fun! I’m starting to see somethings already. What do you see? Leave a comment.

I’ll show you what I come up with soon! 🙂

Cited:

Coffee art by Stephan Kuhnigk – http://www.designer-daily.com/coffee-stain-monsters-by-by-stefan-kuhnigk-54212

Kid Scribbles Art by Ruth Oosterman – http://www.boredpanda.com/artist-turns-childrens-drawings-into-paintings/