Introducing- Sketchbook Exclusives

Hey guys! It’s been a while, but I’m back and I bring arts!

But before that, I’d like to tell you a bit more about it. The last time I had a month long break, I spent it by getting this blog off the ground with my 30 day sketch challenge. Now that things have settled down on my end, and I I’m starting another break, I decided to commit my free time to create sketches exploring some of the ideas I wish to turn into print-worthy illustrations.  I don’t have a set schedule for these, I’m pretty much taking my time to work out my ideas, but you can expect multiple posts a week featuring these exclusive sketches that I will only be posting here, on my blog, for you guys to enjoy!

Because this is a learning process and a challenge for me to exercise my creativity, and get out of my comfort zone,  I will be documenting each sketch/illustration closely through it’s different stages, while sharing what I’ve learned so you can follow along 🙂

To start things off, I decided that a fairly light-hearted illustration would be a good way to break the ice- as it were, and warm me up before tackling my more complicated ideas.

With that said, my first Sketchbook Exclusive iiiis–


Concept:  When a Dove and Crow meet
Inspiration: JC Lyendecker
Reference Material:

I’m sure it’s obvious this is my primary reference, lol Jc Lyendecker is one of my favorite artists, right alongside Norman Rockwell, so I decided to make this illustration/sketch more of a tribute to his work.

To tell you a little bit about these characters– Crow was a character I sketched back in January from a dream I had– where he was like a dark and mysterious spirit animal to me.


Dove is new– actually she came from one of the designs I did for Gaia Online, who originated as Canary- but turned into Dove- when it came down to her final design when it was time to pixel her.


For some reason, she made me think of Crow a lot, so I figured, what would it be like of these two characters just so happened to…meet? Thus the concept was born!

About the Characters:

Dove is a free spirit but also a caged bird, as referenced by the bars behind her, and the birdcage in the original concept.

Crow is physically free, but much more quiet and reserved– and in a sense, caged by his own inhibitions. They are total and complete opposites, and while Crow frees her from the bars imprisoning her, she frees him from the one inside him.

One thing I’d like to note about these exclusives is that I’m sharing my work in a less refined form, aka, these sketches are much looser than sketches you’ll find in my gallery. Basically my aim is to make sure the idea is there, and that it’s solid.

Anywho, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, there will be more in days to come as I share more ideas!

Also, for those designs that I have multiple sketches for, I may include a poll, so you can vote for your favorite concepts at your leisure 🙂

Till next time, Enjoy!

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