Author: Robert Cortez

Sketchtember 2021 highlights

Sketchtember 2021 highlights

I didn’t follow any prompts for this year’s #Sketchtember because honestly it just this year that I discovered it was actually a thing

Regardless, I took it upon myself to draw something new almost every day of the month. It was doing this in September 2019 that really helped me get back into drawing and creating new art. 

These aren’t about creating highly finished pieces but just exploring and experimenting with all kinds of style and topics, and here are some of my favorites.

The Subject

After six months of producing my podcast Sketch and Release, I’ve been feeling more like the subject than the artist. Every episode I look at what I’ve learned throughout my career, but it’s also let me reflect on life experiences in general.

With everything I’ve been dealing with since January, the podcast has been a safe space for my state of mind. I’ve discovered more about myself and how much I can handle, including the anxiety of putting myself out there for the whole world. Thank you for listening.

Some behind the scenes stats so far

Most downloaded episode: #8 Mentors – almost three times the listens of every other episode. Shout outs to those I mention in it!

Hardest episode to produce: #12 Freedom – not only because I tried recording with two cameras, but some real emotions were hitting in that one.

Favorite episode sketch: #5 Collaboration – I’ve gone back to that one and starting coloring it out. Maybe I’ll post that one someday soon.

For Challengers Only

Later this summer, I’ll be handing off my Dodge Challenger to my son. Like any young person, I’m sure the day will come when he’ll want a car of his own and he’ll trade it away.

The thought is a little heartbreaking considering how much I’ve enjoyed that car, and I wanted to keep it close to my heart and still represent the last decade that I’ve been rolling with Mopar.

I looked for some cool t-shirts, but but didn’t find much that really fit my taste, so of course I designed some of my own!

I’ve added these to my Threadless shop, available in multiple colors and fits.

Annnnndddd all t-shirts are $15 through June 27th!

If you or someone you know is a Challenger owner, maybe these are just what they’ve been looking for. 

The Binds of Life

This has been life for me lately. The state of the world, the state of my home, the state of my family—all of it seems so chaotic and delicate and imbalanced right now.

I used to believe that, with enough strength and determination, one could handle anything the world threw at them.

This week I had another in a recent series of reminders that, as much as I want to help others and handle things all around me, I can’t forget to take care of my own well-being. 

The past year has been a prolonged exercise in patience and resilience for us all, and just remember it’s okay to take time for yourself whenever possible.

Kings of Miami (Music Video)

Bad Boys X Jaydan

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I always thought this Jaydan track would fit perfectly with this insane car chase from Bad Boys II, so I decided to smash them together!

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For demonstration purposes only.

Bad Boys II © Columbia Pictures
King of Miami © Propaganda Recordings

More Green Machine

Here’s a longer trailer for Green Machine that I cut together almost five years ago to the day. This gives a better idea of what we were going for.

This was an exercise in finding the elements like dialogue and shots that could make it all make sense. Add to that finding a way to make it work with the selected music was another lesson establishing tone and energy.

More on the way soon!