¡Sketch This! or why I’m finally calling myself an “artist”

This week I’m doing an art dump. So here is a collection of sketches I’ve done in the past year or so. I’m dumb and haven’t been putting these on here regularly so this is kinda making up for lost time. D’oh! Some of these you might recognize, others I’m sure many of you missed, especially since I only posted them in certain places.

You’ll find a variety of material here, many of which have to do with either inside jokes or satire. I may not have a syndicated strip but I do know my way around a pen/pencil and how to tell a joke.

I’ve struggled with calling myself an “artist” for years, mostly because I never pursued it professionally and did it strictly for my own pleasure. But lately I’ve figured why the hell not? I am an artist and have been most of life. People often fall into the trap of accolades, education and recognition, none of which I possess for my art, but I do have sketchbooks full of material telling me to tell the high brow crowd to fuck off.

There’s some good stuff here and some things that I thought deserved a wider audience. My “Fuck Your Cup” drawing, for example, which I did in response to people crying foul over CHipotle not including “Latinos” on their cups. Or my “Hispanic Rebels” one, which is an obvious jab at a certain boot-licking website. Rick Bayless is in there, CHe, Regan, Wolf Blitzer, people who may or may not have died, robot cock and a whole bunch of other shit. This is my brain in sketch form.

I’ve noticed that a lot of writers like to draw. I know I do. And while I may not be a fan of taking “selfies” I am certainly a fan of drawing myself. I wonder what that says about myself. Don’t answer that.

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and never had any kind of formal training, which I think is evident in my messy style. These are all either pen or pencil and some with a few digital tweaks. I still love to draw on paper, though I have started sketching digitally this year a little bit on my phone.

Sometime in the future, I’m going to publish a collection of all my sketches. I’m not sure what the demand for that kinda thing would be but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It would have the sketches and then an explanation of what I was going for, if anything. I think it’ll be a fun project.

Anyway, without further adieu, here’s a collection of my art from the past couple of years. Click on each individual thumbnail to see the full version and title of the piece. I’d love to hear what you think of some of these. Don’t be shy and leave your thoughts below. Enjoy!

– S|J|R



    • S|J|R Reply

      Ha! True! They all escape to the page.

  • PKCox Reply

    I’d buy a book with your art- and I love the idea of you giving your thoughts behind it- I think I got the context for a lot of the drawings you posted here, but several of them escaped me. A writer has to write, right? So drawings with your written context would be perfect. Some of these are seriously dark, and others made me chuckle. The black hole really did look like a dark hole, drawing me down- a 3D image-I don’t know how you achieved that! Some of these look like they could have been done by a lunatic ( I don’t mean to offend), so it’s interesting to see the stark and the humorous all in one place. I also like art with something to say, and you’re a man who always seems to have something to say.

    • Sarlos Cantana Reply

      Thanks! A writer sometimes needs other outlets to express themselves – I know I do. I was impressed with that black hole too – I did that one on my phone. Lunatic…HA! No offense taken. There’s indeed some dark stuff up there. 😉

  • XicanoX Reply

    Cool sketches. This past week this great art exhibit at the campus I’m at. It consisted of sketchbooks in a bookshelf. There were a few comfy seat in there and you could just sit and check out the artwork. The range of artwork was really captivating not just the basic drawing stuff, a lot of free drawing, tv and pop culture drawings. Anyhow it was making me wish I’d stuck with art when I was an undergrad. Saw your post, liked the sketches and liked what you said about considering yourself an artist regardless of formal education, because you like drawing. Nuff said.

    • Sarlos Cantana Reply

      Thanks, man. That sounds like it was a great exhibit. I love stuff like that.

      I’m a big believer in just doing things and not worrying about the institutional bullshit that people think needs to be a part of it. And there’s a ton of examples of crap like this (writing is a big one) but I think far too many people bog themselves down (or hold themselves back) with worrying about credentials and fancy educations or the praise of some dickhead from a haughty magazine.

      Anyway, thanks for reading!

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