Harter House MisHaps

November 4, 2018Sketchbooks No Comments

So I went to Harter House today to get a few things…and noticed the checkout guy didn’t seem to know what he was doing. He would sort of act like he was scanning stuff, then stand around and pass the item to the bag boy. For the produce, he didn’t even try to act. Just … Read More

Beer Sampler at Mother’s

October 27, 2018Sketchbooks No Comments

Thursday night I went to hang out with my friend at Mothers Brewery, a Springfield Brewery that makes lots of popular beers that all have custom names and labels. For instance in the 1950’s there was an exotic pet store that 9 cobras escaped from, and the resulting scare was legendary. So they have a beer … Read More

Drawing People who are Drawing

March 22, 2014Drawings, Sketchbooks No Comments

Here are some drawings I did last night at Arts & Letters Alternative Figure Drawing night. I like going to these things, but tend to back away from the crowd so I can also draw the drawers. It’s interesting to look at what materials people bring to draw with and how they hold their hands. … Read More

Alternative Life Drawing at Art Factory 417

April 13, 2011Drawings, Sketchbooks 8 Comments

I’ve been looking for a group that meets to do figure drawing and recently saw on Art Factory 417 ‘s facebook page that they were having a Life Drawing Spring Kickoff. Then I read further and saw it was going to be an Alternative Life Drawing session. I wasn’t quite sure what alternative life drawing … Read More

Drawing People at Parties

March 14, 2011Drawings, Sketchbooks 4 Comments

The other evening at a birthday party, I was experimenting with taking photos of people with my phone. But editing photos on your phone eats ups the battery, and before I knew it, it was dead. So I grabbed a sketchbook and pen. Here’s what they looked like before I added some watercolor washes. Which … Read More

Spring Crocus

March 8, 2011Drawings, Sketchbooks 6 Comments

Since coming back from Mexico, I’ve had bit of color withdrawal. This one little spot yellow has been waiting to greet me each morning when I walk out the front door – tiny yellow crocus just beginning to peep through the pine needles in the garden. I did this quick sketch for @wardomatic ‘s “I … Read More

Sketching Lunch at Paco’s

March 2, 2011Drawings, Journeys, Sketchbooks 3 Comments

I’ve had The Tao of Sketching for a couple of years, but packing it along on a recent trip to Mexico was a great opportunity to truly study the book. Chinese artist Qu Lei Lei covers using a wide of variety of media and subject matter. Here’s a good review of the book by artist … Read More

Looking out the window on a Snowy Morning

January 11, 2011Drawings, Sketchbooks 1 Comment

It started snowing last night about five and accumulated to only a couple of inches over night. This morning it was 8 degrees outside and too cold to draw. So I went to several windows to find a scene I could draw from inside the house. I’ve been trying to look at scenes and reduce … Read More