drawing

Treescape

For years, I’ve been in love with this lovely shade tree on the campus where I teach…

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Did several studies in colored pencil before attempting a painting…

Practice may not make things perfect, but it’s sure fun trying…

 

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San Francisco Skylines

Always looking up as I walk around the city…

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Looking down as well…20190329bSo nice that Spring is here…20190327c

San Francisco Sketches

Lotta time sketching in my first sketchbook from 2016.  It’s almost all full up.

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Sometimes, I sketch in pencil… Other times in ink with watercolor added…

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Sometimes right at my desk…

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Sketched birds and boys and boobs and food…

Mostly things seen around the city…

It’s fun to use bright colors…

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I really like the old-time architecture…

Everything’s more than a hundred years old…

Except for the 21st-Century skyline…20190323f

March Moleskines

Slowly coming to the end of this lined-paper Moleskine.  Mostly working with watercolor lately and need more sturdy paper.  Still, this is my go-to sketchbook when I’m out of the house.

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February Sketches

Started off following more drawing exercises from Ted Dodson’s Keys to Drawing.  Each time, I work to detach myself from perfection and let the imperfect have its way…

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Took some time to practice portraits, some from life, mostly from photos, all done relatively quick…

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Some portraits were more detailed and took more time…

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Worked on a  few Butte County landscapes…

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Did some architecture studies…

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Plus a couple random watercolors…

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And, of course, sketched a few things in the Moleskine.

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All in all, a very pleasing and productive month.

January Sketches

Spent a lotta time this month prepping new classes for the spring.  Still, managed to get some drawing done.  Started off right on New Years Day…20190101cCaught an awesome early year sunset…20190102aOnce back from Mexico, did a study of skies and clouds, using four different shades of blue…

Also did a detailed study of Yogi Ram from Mexico…

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Based on Teoh’s review, got Ted Dodson’s book Keys to Drawing and followed the early exercises…

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Also found time to sketch on-sight in the Moleskine…

By the end of the month, once all my prep work was done, got to meditate on this morning sunrise…

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Then got myself an ice cream to say Cheers!

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Can’t wait to see what next month brings!

December Sketches

Another month has come and gone, and just can’t believe how much drawing and sketching and painting I’ve done.  Never would’ve imagined I’d be so prolific with so many examples of wabi-sabi.  I’m starting to get addicted — if I’m not already.

Moleskine Sketches

Now more than halfway through this current notebook.  Drawing on lined papers makes me nostalgic for my former poetry days.  Feels like I’m still writing, only now in a language of color and line.

Sketchbook Sketches

Working through a few different sketchbooks.  One of them is very inexpensive with low-grade paper.  Like using that one most because I feel most free making mistakes.  That allows me to follow the pen and see what happens.  I’ve got a couple other sketchbooks with heavier paper, which is much much better for watercolor practice.

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Watercolor Sketches

When I want to get serious, I tape some heavyweight hot-press watercolor paper to a clipboard and get to work with watercolor washes.  So much more commitment and fear when working on better materials.  Makes surrender to the process that much more terrifying.  And pleasure with the finished product that much more rewarding.

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Miscellaneous Sketches

In some cases, I’ll draw on recycled packaging paper or on plain recycled copy paper.  Sometimes, I sketch out ideas for bigger sketches.  Or I’ll quickly sketch what’s in front of me.  It’s better than being bored!  And, of course, I keep doing color charts of the all my palettes.

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Happy New Year!