New Storyboards Page

Just a quick note that when you click on storyboards in the menu bar you will now be redirected to my storyboard website instead of going to a single page.  There will be a lot of changes happening there in the not too distant future so stay tuned!

I’ll do it myself.

One thing that I really enjoy while working at my drafting table is having my tools at the ready and at arms reach.  I hate having to pause while I’m in the middle of a drawing to hunt down an eraser or sharpener or a ruler or whatever.  It ruins my workflow and takes me out of the zone.

I remembered that an older drafting table of mine (I bought this one about two years ago) came with a couple of plastic ‘caddies’ that connected to the left and right sides.  They worked pretty good and best of all, they kept my tools at the ready.

My goal then was to see if I could find these drafting table caddies and pick up four – 2 per side.


But I ran into a problem.  These cheap little things are…expensive??  If you look up drafting table caddy, most of the ones that pop up are around 20 bucks – each!  That’s $80 for four cheap little organizers for the side of my drafting table.  That’s not happening.  Another problem is that for a majority of them, you cannot change how they are sectioned off.  Most of them are one solid piece.  And the last problem I had was that none of the caddies that I wanted had any “verticality” to them.  They were all flat.

After all of that, I was frustrated and was wondering if I really was going to have to plop down eighty bucks for these things that I might end up hating.

I then remembered a pencil holder I had made myself for my table.  I really like it because I sharpen my own pencils with a knife and sandpaper and they’re needle sharp.  I put cotton balls in bottom so the tips wouldn’t break or dull while stored.  It was in the realm of what I wished would be in a drafting table caddy.  And I had even made it stable by adding an extra bit of cardboard on the front so it wouldn’t fall over.  Little did I know at the time how helpful that would be now!  I slid it onto the upper righthand side of my drafting table and low and behold it fit like a glove.  I just had to attach it.

I decided on Gorilla Glue.


It’s a great glue. Nice and strong.  The only thing to keep in mind is that it needs some assistance to begin with.  You can use clamps, but I went with a bunch of packing tape to keep it in place while it adhered and dried.

The next morning I tested it and it was nice and solid.  A great start!


I had my first caddy for my pencils.  I decided that my three other sections would be for my pens, markers, and the third would hold erasers, blenders, sharpeners and my little watercolor set I use when I’m out and about.

I cut out the cardboard and decided how to section things off in each.  First, the markers.  As you can see I have my cool greys sectioned off in order of darkness and at the bottom I have some white gel pens.


The micron pens are sectioned off by thickness. And I have a section at the bottom for my colored pens, my brush pen, and another white gel pen.


And the rest –  block erasers at the top, then other erasers and watercolors, and at the bottom is a section for my sharpener, mechanical pencil refills, and my blenders.


And that’s all she wrote!  I’ve got the personalized caddies that I wanted and I didn’t spend a dime.  Just took some glue, tape and cardboard.



I’ve only done a few illustrations and storyboards on my table with this new system and I have to say, I love it!  It’s been saving me time and it just feels really good to have it all there ready to go.  It also lets me know what I need cause I can see it all right there in front of me.  I might do some additions and change a few things after I’ve tested it all a bit more, but right now it’s pretty slick.

Hope to show off some new artwork soon.  Stay tuned!


2015 Moleskines – part 13

I’ll be taking a break after this post from the moleskines.  I’m working on a few other projects and haven’t had the amount of time to devote to these sketches as I did in earlier posts.  Some of the quality has been waning and I made a promise to myself late last year not to post anything too rough here anymore.  And it’s time to enforce that.  I will be sharing more posts of my work soon, but not until I have more ‘unrushed’ images.

In the meantime, here are the final four moleskine ink images from the last couple of days.

These four sketches were my attempt to take the style I have been starting to feel as the way to direct myself when using the tiny 005 micron pen and push it in slightly different directions.  I wanted to see if there might be another way to go – a happy discovery that might pop up while sketching in undiscovered territory.  For the most part, not so much no.  I believe that may be because of my dwindling free time that I’ve had available with new projects emerging.  Nevertheless I enjoyed the opportunity to explore.




joshhagen_jan18-2And now, on to new things.  I hope to post new images of what I am working on as soon as possible.

Stay tuned!

Check out part 12!


2015 Moleskines – part 12

Todays sketches are all about the tiny 005 micron pen.  I really enjoy working with this little guy.  The trick I’m finding is to not overlap the lines – don’t build them up to much and make it too thick and dark.  At least that’s how I’m liking it.  I’m still feeling out this technique, but so far I’m digging it.


For the second sketch here, I started out with a quick bit of light line work to come up with an interesting shape.  I knew I wanted to create some sort of humanoid creature, so I had some parameters going in.  But after that, I just played around searching for something that caught my eye.  After I had the basic shape of the creature, I started the fun part of working with the lines and texture.


Might do a few more of these for the next blog post on Monday.  Lot of fun.

Stay tuned!

Check out part 11!

Check out part 13!

2015 Moleskines – part 11

Today I’m posting some more watercolor work that I did over my rough ink sketches.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to post these.  They’re all quite rough and look too rough to me.  I contemplated not posting them, but decided that would be a cop out.  I know that to many posting unfinished work that isn’t your best isn’t the kosher thing to do.  But personally, I like to show sketches.  By having daily sketches (weekdays), I can not only keep my blog up and running in between my work that takes a while to finish for clients or my portfolio, but I can also show off my warm-ups and maybe something will come of all of these when they’re finished.

Anyways, that was all a long way of saying that this set of sketches today aren’t my shining moment.  But they are what they are – sketches.  A learning experience.  A bit more practice.  Another hurdle to jump.

Okay, enough delays.  Here are todays sketches…

……Yeah, okay….some sort of alien spaceman… *cough*  Move along….move along….


A quick exploration in a monotone sketch…


Probably the best one of the group.  Extreme close up of someone yelling.  Maybe it was me over this post?  Heh.


Alien?  Monster?  You make the call.


Tomorrow I will be posting some micron pen work.  No watercolor on those.  I’m definitely not giving up on watercolor.  I’m just taking a break from it.

Stay tuned!

Check out part 10!

Check out part 12!

2015 Moleskines – part 10

Thought I would try something a little different for this post – watercolors!

I haven’t worked in watercolors for months – and it shows.  But I wanted to give it a try with my ink work.  I didn’t have a plan going in on these.  I just wanted to see what happened when I put brush and pen to paper.

This first watercolor/ink sketch turned out a bit psychedelic…


And the second one turned out a bit better and seems to fit in more with how the style of this sketchbook has been heading.


I have four more watercolor based sketches to show tomorrow.  Then Friday will be some pen and ink without markers.  Then another break over the weekend.  Next week…that’s a bit up in the air as I am working on other projects.  I’ll keep you posted.

Stay tuned!

Check out part 9!

Check out part 11!

2015 Moleskines – part 9

Another two for today.

I like how this one turned out.  Just started out as a doodle of a typical big-headed alien and it was okay.  Then I added the line weights and dark background…alright.  Then the skin tone and shading…better.  But he really popped I think when I added the white of the gel pen as kind of an energy coming from his noggin.


Had the idea of a skull with big rig qualities running through my head.  Kinda fun.


Tomorrow I’ll be posting a couple more, but these will be ink and watercolor.  Trying something different.  So far it’s hit and miss as I experiment with the medium.  Stay tuned!

Check out part 8!

Check out part 10!