the vintage postbox

the vintage postbox

The sketchblog of Francesca Buchko.
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She was just going to stick her face in there and start eating. #drawing #wintergirl #sketchbook

She was just going to stick her face in there and start eating. #drawing #wintergirl #sketchbook

PAINTING winter is fine. I’ll paint winter all day long. #watercolor #winter #drawing #art

PAINTING winter is fine. I’ll paint winter all day long. #watercolor #winter #drawing #art

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One Piece CC: Nami
We don’t get Nami’s backstory upon meeting her, but rest assured, when it happens, it is the best. It sort of began to define one of the main underlying themes of the comic: this undying love and caring for your friends/family. Her (also sad, tragic, but ultimately inspiring) story is when I realized I liked this massive pirate epic more than I realized. And it only GOT BETTER. 
I’m not going to even attempt to synopsize this one. I wouldn’t do it justice. I will say that I’m looking forward to our interpretations of her mom and sister—you can always count on One Piece to have amazing mentor characters :)

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One Piece CC: Nami

We don’t get Nami’s backstory upon meeting her, but rest assured, when it happens, it is the best. It sort of began to define one of the main underlying themes of the comic: this undying love and caring for your friends/family. Her (also sad, tragic, but ultimately inspiring) story is when I realized I liked this massive pirate epic more than I realized. And it only GOT BETTER. 

I’m not going to even attempt to synopsize this one. I wouldn’t do it justice. I will say that I’m looking forward to our interpretations of her mom and sister—you can always count on One Piece to have amazing mentor characters :)

Zine: Lost

For Light Grey Art Lab’s “Stacks” show! My year is 2004, which was the pilot season of the television show “Lost”.

Zine: Lost

For Light Grey Art Lab’s “Stacks” show! My year is 2004, which was the pilot season of the television show “Lost”.

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One Piece CC: Kuina
Kuina plays a big part in Zorro’s backstory, and gives us a little insight to his character and motivation. It’s a short, but sweet, but tragic story. I won’t completely give it away, but you should know that Kuina is one of the only people Zorro regards as a greater swordsman. Kuina is incredibly dedicated and skilled, but she’s also very sad—she wants to be the greatest swordsman, but believes (or has been told to believe) that because she is a girl, she will grow up to be weaker than any male competitor.  Zorro thinks that’s bull. Anyway, you should just read the comic and find out what happens :P

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One Piece CC: Kuina

Kuina plays a big part in Zorro’s backstory, and gives us a little insight to his character and motivation. It’s a short, but sweet, but tragic story. I won’t completely give it away, but you should know that Kuina is one of the only people Zorro regards as a greater swordsman. Kuina is incredibly dedicated and skilled, but she’s also very sad—she wants to be the greatest swordsman, but believes (or has been told to believe) that because she is a girl, she will grow up to be weaker than any male competitor.
Zorro thinks that’s bull. Anyway, you should just read the comic and find out what happens :P

Lettering and making Lost zine things today :D. Also still reminiscing about Hey Arnold. He had a pet pig. I completely forgot. #sketchbook #drawing #heyarnold

Lettering and making Lost zine things today :D. Also still reminiscing about Hey Arnold. He had a pet pig. I completely forgot. #sketchbook #drawing #heyarnold

Gerald, to go with Arnold and Helga from whatever week ago. Man I just love everyone on that show. #drawing #heyarnold #sketchbook

Gerald, to go with Arnold and Helga from whatever week ago. Man I just love everyone on that show. #drawing #heyarnold #sketchbook

A #korra bus #sketch

A #korra bus #sketch

Completed inking on “the Clearing”! Ah, man. Brushes and nibs are so much fun ❤️. I really like this comic :). #comics #drawing

Completed inking on “the Clearing”! Ah, man. Brushes and nibs are so much fun ❤️. I really like this comic :). #comics #drawing

You must carry a sketchbook with you all the time, and unless you make one drawing a day-not for the sake of a drawing, but to learn something about something you didn’t know about (there isn’t a house, there isn’t a place in the world that doesn’t have something you ought to investigate)-you aren’t being true to yourself.
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Millard Sheets, from “The Noble Approach; Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design”


I wish I had finished this book before teaching my last class—it hits at the heart of why sketchbooks are so important!
I think sometimes I get caught up in “getting better at drawing” or “making something worth showing” that it’s easy to forget that learning is a huge component of drawing. Not even learning how to draw (we know how to draw, and honestly, who cares), but learning about the world, how it works, and our own reaction to it.