DRAWN WITH A PENCIL
December 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM
Last Saturday was the 13th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art, a top art school in Seattle where they are very rigorous about drawing from life — a principle I practice religiously! Hundreds of people show up for the Jam, where you can draw your heart out painting a cadre of models. Picture Benjamin Franklin, the Seafair Pirates, musicians, theater performers, you name them.
For some reason, this year they also let an odd performer into the mix: yours truly! My gig as a model consisted in sketching people while they sketched me, something Gage Communications Director Mark Livingston envisioned as a “through the looking-glass” sort of experience.
I was flattered by the invitation and the one-hour session was much less nerve-racking than I anticipated. Thanks to Stillman & Birn, which provided sketchbooks to everyone in the room, the session became a bit more like urban sketching and less like studio drawing, though some artists still used big easels, rendering almost life-size representations of my big nose. I was quite impressed!
November 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM
Last Sunday, I sketched Seattle Art Museum visitors admiring two masterpices that are part of an interesting exhibit, “Elles, Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou.” The show, open through Jan. 13, includes 130 works of art made by women artists from 1907 to 2007.
Only pencil sketching is allowed in the galleries, but I welcomed the limitation. It forced me to think about light and dark values more than I usually do.
June 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Sketched June 26, 9:03 p.m. [Click to enlarge]
Fifteen-minutes pencil sketch while riding the bus home last night. Drawing fellow bus commuters is what got me hooked on urban sketching when I moved to Seattle in 2006.
Staedler Mars-780 leadholder with HB graphite lead on 8″ by 6″ pocket sketchbook spread.
September 14, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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Since my son started Little League a few years ago, I always try to sketch at practice sessions and games. I’ve learned a great deal about the sport just by watching him play. These are some recent sketchbook spreads from Fall Ball, which started a couple of weeks ago. For these sketches I used a Staedler lead-holder with an HB lead.
Little League beats watching the Mariners
Coaching Little League
March 22, 2011 at 8:01 PM
Sketched 10:15 a.m.
Moon Hyun Woo is spending a year away from his hometown, Seoul, studying English in Canada. I met him on the light rail this morning as I was headed to Beacon Hill.
Moon apologized for his English, but he didn’t need to. At 24, his English was better than mine at that age. After five months in Victoria BC, he said he was going to spend three months in Toronto. What was he doing going to SeaTac I wondered?
“It was cheaper to fly from Seattle,” he said. “It’s my parents’ money.”
By the time he gets to Toronto, Moon would have taken a boat (the Victoria Clipper), a train (the light rail), and three airplanes: He has to connect in Philadelphia and New York before arriving to Toronto.
I think Mr. and Mrs. Moon should be proud.
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