It’s been a while since the last time I shared work from my pocket sketchbooks here. These sketches are quite fun to make. They are unplanned, purely spontaneous and done without the pressure of having to put them in the newspaper on Saturday!More
You can never sketch the Fremont Troll enough. More here.
(Four-color BIC pen on 5.5″ by 8.5″ Stillman And Birn Gamma Series sketchbook.)
I’m hardly a lonesome sketcher in Seattle, and that makes me really happy. Every third Sunday of the month I can go sketching with the Seattle Urban Sketchers. And every other month —or so it seems— sketchers from other cities come to visit. Hello, Tommy Kane, Marty Harris and Jim Bumgarner.More
The number of amazing scenic locations along the Pacific coast between Seattle and San Francisco is too many to count. How do you even start planning a road trip?
For our week-long vacation, my wife, Michelle, and I decided to make stops in Newport, Ore., and McKinleyville, Calif., before arriving to our destination, a hotel facing the ocean in Pacifica, south of San Francisco. We had stayed there 12 years ago, before we got married, and loved it. Why not repeat?
Except Pacifica and San Francisco, the rest of the trip was a new experience for us and for our two kids. We visited the aquarium in Newport, got our feet wet in desolate beaches along the coast, admired the majestic redwoods in Humboldt County and saw a colony of sea lions from a bluff in Moss Beach, Calif.
Though I don’t feel like drawing as much as I used to on my time off — I already sketch for my job! — I could not keep my hands away from the sketchbook to record some of those precious moments. If you have recommendations for a future coastal trip, perhaps closer to home, I’m all ears!More
Sketched April 21, 2013 The parents of one of my daughter’s classmates are taking recycling to a new level. Inspired by TerraCycle’s Drink Pouch Brigade, they’ve been collecting used CapriSun drink pouches and turning them into cool lunch bags. Last Sunday, they hosted a work party at their home, and kids helped create and decorate…More
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.More
Sketched Sept. 3, 2012 [Click on sketch to enlarge]
Remember that mini pocket sketchbook I blogged about recently?
A couple of 7.5″ x 5.5″ spreads from my pocket sketchbook, drawn with that 0.4 Pilot G-Tec-C4 pen I showed you last week.
Sketched Aug. 18, 2012 A wedding party arrived at the Wallingford Dick’s Drive-In as I was sitting in the car with my family, ready to enjoy our ice cream. My wife took a few photos with her iPhone and I made this quick sketch in my pocket sketchbook. The bride and groom later stood in…More
It’s Friday! That means I’m only one bus away from not having to take the bus until next week. You know, the bus is my main form of transportation in Seattle and I sometimes use the commuting time to sketch. Lately, I’ve been practicing semi-blind contours of fellow passengers engrossed in their reading or lost in their…More