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Rob Dunlavey
April 2009
Dunlavey/Bakal Sketchbook 2007-2009
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2007? Was it 2007 when Scott Bakal and I first talked about sharing a sketchbook? Seems like it wasn't that long ago. Oh well. I DO remember there were lulls in the action and subsequent flurries of fast-paced catching up because I'd held on to the book too long.

left: we'd post little notes to each other mostly to be civil. These got pasted or taped inside the covers with other more lengthy notes, train tickets and post office ephemera. Some of these elements got recycled into the final pages.

The whole thing started out kind of slowly as we built a critical mass of marks, textures, forms, methods of applying media. Gradually, pictures got settled. Some were rather obvious; others not until the last moment when we were ready to be finished with the project. Below are a few of my favorite pages with some commentary.

I think we both collaborated on the overall head concept on the right page. It looked awkward though and unsatisfying. Various attempts at isolating the head only served to highlight it's generally muddled presentation. I think Scott connected the eye to the left page and eventually he painted the irregular blue bands on top. At this point, the picture's needs became clear and I added the collage elements to rescue the face of the man.
This one started with some cartooney elements that just weren't working. One of those elements was an alligator. I got disgusted with that direction so I painted the things out with yellow and gray. A few days later I added a realistic alligator (in black china marker) in this tortured pose. And then the picture was basically done. Scott had nothing to add for a long time. Finally, at the end, he found a new way to contribute with the red dots
Four separate pages that that are equal combinations of both our problem-solving strategies.The figurative ones all involved abstract painting and mark-making. Usually (I think?) I would isolate a profile out of the blobs of marks and scratches. That would stabilize the concept and we'd then tinker on and off for months. Usually Scott had a real knack for finishing images so that our voices were both equally distinguishable. I'm still trying to get used to the red blobs on the crow painting though. I like them but I'd thought that that image was done. But Scott had a different idea… and so it goes!
This one got finished early on. My contribution was the large blocks of color and the black stenciled figures. We started designing spreads pretty quickly. Scott's signature organic line work stitches the painting together. In some ways, the most satisfying pages were the ones that went back and forth constantly as we searched for a way to help each other make a satisfying composition while attempting to put our own individual stamp on it. Below, you can see the book in its entirety.
Doodle Duel #7
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Doodle Duel #7 is ready for action.
This Duel will close on Thursday April 30th


Doodle Duel is a friendly doodling diversion. Here's what you do:
CLICK THIS THING

Doodle Duel #5
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Doodle Duel #5 is ready for action.
This Duel will close on Sunday April 19th


Doodle Duel is a friendly doodling diversion. Here's what you do:
CLICK THIS THING


Doodle Duel #4
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This here thing is the starting image: Go get yer own and… DRAW!
Doodle Duel #4 is open for business. C'mon you whiners, get to work!
This Duel will close on Thursday April 16th


Doodle Duel is a friendly doodling diversion. Here's what you do:

1. Make a copy of the Challenge Image
2. Print it out if you want or do it on your computer.
3. Make a doodle that incorporates the lines that are presented on the Challenge. You can rotate your "paper" in any orientation. Use a different color than the Challenge.
4. Do this quickly. No masterpieces. Just quick 'n dirty playtime.
5. Rename and save your file. Upload to add yours to the show.
6. No cuss words, dirty pictures or portfolio padding allowed! These will be shown the door!

100 Crystal Cities
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This morning I posted my one hundredth Crystal City painting and I see no end in sight. I hope you don't get tired of them! Here are a few recent favorites. The full set is here

"palace intrigue" (ink, collage, watercolor)
"My alarm clock for you"
"yellow with red trees"
Doodle Duel #3
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The starting "DD #3 Challenge image". Go crazy!!
Doodle Duel #3 is open for business. Get to work!

Doodle Duel is a friendly doodling diversion. Here's what you do:

1. Make a copy of the Challenge Image
2. Print it out if you want or do it on your computer.
3. Make a doodle that incorporates the lines that are presented on the Challenge. You can rotate your "paper" in any orientation. Use a different color than the Challenge.
4. Do this quickly. No masterpieces. Just quick 'n dirty playtime.
5. Rename and save your file. Upload to add yours to the show.
6. No cuss words, dirty pictures or portfolio padding allowed! These will be shown the door!
March Madness
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March 2009 flickr gallery
This disturbing bird image (to me at least) started things off. It doesn't appear in the flickr set.
A little later on, nicer things started happening.
The "Crystal Cities" continued. I call this "Trysting Place"
I guess I'll end this incomplete summary here with a view of the unflappable Mrs. Owl surrounded by yapping baby terns.
This Just In!
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2012 Olympic Typeface To Be Announced CR understands that, later today, the official typeface for the 2012 London Olympics will be announced. Among those being considered are a bespoke face, Gill Sans and Times, but the current favourite is thought to be Comic Sans. READ MORE

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