I did it! I finally finished a sketchbook for the first time ever and I did it relatively fast. I started it
at the end of September 2014 and finished it yesterday on July 6th. It’s been a fun ride and a great
way to get myself deeper in to illustrating, which is definitely something that I love to do. It’s a
hobby and something I’ve loved to do as long as I can remember.
Firstly for those who wonder, my sketchbook is a regular black moleskine with ivory sketch pages.
The material I use when illustrating is a mechanical pencil (I find it most comfortable),
Pigma Micron black liners and Pro markers. I sometimes use Copic markers but it’s only on special
occasions since I don’t own that many colors. Yet!
This is literally the first page. I was going through a Gravity Falls phase and watched it every day for an
entire week. I know it’s a kids show but oh, is it funny. I don’t know what it is but Cartoon Network
tend to do really weird shows. Mostly in a good way!
An interpretation of one of my favorite films, Sixteen Candles. Samantha Baker is a character that is
so fun to illustrate due to the fact that she has so many different types of outfits to choose from.
Also, I just love Molly Ringwald in general and I felt she needed a space in this sketchbook.
God Help The Girl. It’s scary cause I can remember the time I sketched this so vividly. I know I had
a fever, it was in November last year and I’d watched lots of film. This one seemed to stuck on me
Who doesn’t love Zero? Who doesn’t love The Grand Budapest Hotel?
Anything Wes Anderson makes me happy and to tell you the truth, this isn’t the only Wes Anderson
related illustration I’ve made in this sketchbook, hehe.
One of my favorite things to illustrate is portraits (which I think you can obviously tell by the fact
that I only draw faces), and these are inspired by japanese street fashion photographs. I tend to
look for inspiration in old 60’s fashion magazines and Japanese street fashion cause they usually
have the most interesting outfits and looks. I’m very fascinated by humans in general I think, that’s
why I mostly just draw portraits.
Cinderella. I just realised that the ones I’m showing you are mostly portraits of film characters, and
I guess it’s cause it’s what inspires me. I really like to explore how to draw a illustration as close to
the original person as possible, but in my illustration style. It’s always tricky, but a lot of fun!
I want to end this post by showing you how much my style and technique as developed throughout
the year. I got shocked seeing it myself. Both illustrations are a portrait of Twiggy (whom I
love to draw). The left one is from 2014 and I realise how sloppy and harsh I was on the lining back
then. I made the right one yesterday and by comparing them I feel that I’ve gotten sure now on my
technique and how I want my illustrations to look. I’m no professional and I’m not really trying to
be. I found my love for illustrating when I took an art class in upper secondary school, and since
then it’s become quite important for me.
If you’re thinking about starting to illustrate I truly recommend to get a sketchbook and just draw.
Draw everything and draw a lot. Don’t think about whether it should look perfect or not, just do it
and dig deeper in to it. I have a lot of illustrations in this sketchbook that I’m not that happy about
but I still feel proud of myself for trying out different things and really pushing myself out of the
Found inspiration around you, look at how other illustrators work and paint (but don’t steal or copy
an idea!!) and practice as much as you can. Don’t forget to enjoy it either. I know I’m no expert, but
I’m just really sharing my personal experiences and tips. One of the most important things is to
enjoy it, if it isn’t the most important even. If you have any question about my illustrating or anything
around illustrating, don’t be afraid to write them in the comments below. I’m thinking about maybe
dedicate a post to illustrating ones in a while, let me know if there’s anything particular you want to
see and read about!
I’ll see you soon, stay positive,