sketchbook Tag

Character Collage 2022-2024

Ok, its been a minute since I uploaded a collage of characters! Two years I think, but honestly some years are rough and last year and a half was that. Regardless, I still made some art and want to show some of the ones I actually liked. There was probably double or triple that either sucked or I just didn’t finish them. I started doing these collages in 2012 as a way to practice, smile at my accomplishments, and to see improvemeent. Still have so much longer to go! But, keeep swinging.

Top to bottom, left to right: 1. Sister from my sketchbook 2021 2. Sketchbook doodle 3. Character revisited 4. L& M Tourers 5. Sketchbook doodle 6. Mama Peng 7. Sensei Fatima 8. 2023 Self portrait cruising 9. Blue face Sketchbook 10. Fairy Big Sister 11. C.R. Patterson & Sons 12. Sketchbook doodle 13. Sketchbook doodle 14. Sketchbook doodle 15. Mama & daughter 16. Sketchbook doodle

Dig this? If you are interested in more characters, check out my first art book “Art of Rob” 130 pgs of art. Wanna see some more character collages? Oh boy, there’s more

Want to work with me? Just email me at info@robdontstop.com

Video: Sketchbook Tour 4

I’m a sketchbook lover since I was a kid and I have tons of them. For the past 3 years I have been sharing them via video tours like these and specific sketchbook pages like this one from this same book.

What are these? This is a video where I flip through my sketchbook and show some of my doodles, drawings, paintings, and ideas in between client and personal work. Watch and share.

Dig this? Check out my sketchbook tour #3 or this recent sketchbook page

Sketchbook pg 5

Here is the lastest and greatest from the sketchbook. I’m not sure if folks see this as finished, detailed, amateur, or what but to me its loose and fun. And thats what the sketchbook is for!! Who knows if i’ll ever show this sketchbook. But…….

Some process

Dig this? Check out sketchbook page 4 and sketchbook pg 1

Sketches 4

A page from my 2021 sketchbook
Sketch from a painting I did for The Center for Cultural Power (CultureStrike)
Sketch of Dr Muriel Petioni, mother of medicine in Harlem for BLK History Month

Sup with it fam, its been awhile since I shared some sketches from my process. I share process art a lot with different projects but sometimes I just love looking back at the sketches I made before painting some of my personal or client work. Sometimes the sketches are better than the final. Something about the energy in them.

Spreads from “I am Sausal Creek/ El Arroyo Sausal” written by Melissa Reyes and illustrated by me
Sketch for a painting of pioneering animator Brenda Banks for BLK History Month
Letters for the 15th anniversary of the Trust Your Struggle Collective
One of many color sketches I did for a sticker
A sketch for a UC Berkeley project “We Too Belong”
Wanna see more of my sketches?
A doodle from my sketchbook
A sketch from a picture book called “We Are Yoga/ Somos Yoga” written by Jill Guerra and illustrated by me
One last one, these are sketches for a sticker I did that reminds me to PAUSE.
Dig these sketches? Check out this video of my last sketchbook tour. Thx for tuning in. Sign up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram.

Sketchbook pg 4

Here’s a page from my 2021 sketchbook. In between working for others and dreaming up my own books or projects I keep these sketchbooks to practice. Some of this page came out as a cool experiment and some was just play.
Here’s a video tour of this sketchbook. Enjoy. 
What’s a sketchbook page? A sketchbook is a great place to play, experiment, and practice. Been keeping one with me in one form or another for over 25 years. Some books are just for letters, some are for landscapes, some for writing down ideas, some for client work, and sometimes I mix them all up. 
Dig this? Check out my Sketchbook Page 3

Sketchbook pg 3

Here’s a few pages from my last sketchbook for 2021-2022. Just finished this pad boy a month ago or so.
What’s a sketchbook page? A sketchbook is a great place to play, experiment, and practice. Been keeping one with me in one form or another for over 25 years. Some books are just for letters, some are for landscapes, some for writing down ideas, some for client work, and sometimes I mix them all up.
This page is from my most recent sketchbook tour. Check it out here
Dig this? Check out sketchbook pg 2

Sketchbook pg 2 – Ramona & Hong Kong

This is a page from a 2014 sketchbook. The entire book had toned paper and I used ink, colored pencil, and gouache for this page. On the left is Move activist Ramona Africa from Phillly and an umbrella representing the protests in Hong Kong. Wanna see more from this sketchbook?  Check out my sketchbook tour below.
Check out this sketchbook tour:
Here’s the previous sketchbook page

Sketchbook pg

Here’s a pg from a 2021 sketchbook I finished. I think I was checking out an old Rockwell ptg and trying to do a version of that for fun. This is done w/ ink and watercolor.  I love drawing in sketchbooks. Been doing this since I was a kid. Check out this sketchbook tour I made earlier this year.
Dig this? Check out this blog interview w/ BEE sketchbooks

Character Collage 2020-2022

What up fam, wow its been two years since I uploaded my last character collage. Back in 2020 I was a new dad again, and then the pandemic hit! I have still been sketching, drawing, and painting but lord it was rough balancing the kids at home, my work, and life. So here are a snippet of some of the characters I made over the past two years. This is the 9th time I’ve uploaded a collage of these over the past 13 years or so. I started making these as a way to practice character based artwork for storytelling, and I still love to do it. Always practicing to see improvement.
 
Left to right, top to bottom: 1. Word? 2. Bruce Leroy (Last Dragon) 3. Neighbor 4. Sketchbook doodle 5. Laura Charles (Last Dragon) 6. Hammer 7. Hmmph 8. Motorcycle 9. Sketchbook doodle 10. Deb Never 11. Crate Digger 12. Sketchbook doodle 13. Judging you 14. Spikey 15. Pink Dread
You can see the previous collages here too: 
If you are interested in more information about any of the characters, want to work with me, or interested in a print just email me at info@robdontstop.com