Sometimes the presence of a blank page can be daunting as hell. Breaking it up into small “thumbnail” squares somehow makes the task more approachable. It’s also fun to catch just a snippet of what you see inside a little box. It’s quick, it’s satisfying, and it doesn’t need to be perfect. You can cover a lot of ground, fill a lot of squares with a variety of perspectives. Sketch in a square while waiting at the doctor’s, while on hold on the phone, while the dinner cooks. There’s no excuse not to fit in a little drawing a day.
Good morning! Started a little drawing this morning while fending off the kiddos. This was done in my moleskin sketchbook with Micron 03 black ink pen. The reference photo was from stockphotos.com. I’m not sure how I will finish it, either in all ink or with colored pencil?
I’m actually surprised at how well it came out considering the boys were bouncing all around on the couch next to me. Can you say frustrating? Of course, I guess I’m the silly one for not getting up and moving to a more “stable” location to draw.
Here is an older painting done in oils on canvas board. It’s 4×6, and was done last year in 2015. It’s been staring at me as a constant reminder of my tug of war with painting. Most days I consider myself a horrible painter, and then when I finally paint, I’m reminded that I’m not really all that bad. Enjoy this little treasure that I look at everyday.
This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys. There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side. I’m not sure why. I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.
I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss. I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book. The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration. Can you find the circles in this sketch? The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art. That’s just my thoughts so far. I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.
I recently went to NYC on the Amtrak train to help my boss set up his new Hi-Fi showroom. On the way there, this business man snoozed in the seat across the aisle, and I couldn’t resist sketching him. He hardly moved at all, so it was pretty easy to draw him, but I still worked quickly just in case he jolted awake. His likeness has been captured in Micron pen in my moleskin sketchbook. I hope you like him as much as I do.
This sketch is a little old, but was done from the first camping trip back in July. On our picnic table was the usual camping items… lantern, citronella candle, a book, other random doo-dads that you need, but didn’t need just then. I had the brief opportunity to draw, and for once, liked where it was going. Obviously I didn’t finish, and never got a chance to get back to this sketch. There is a lot of rendering undone, and coloring that needs to be added, so I think we’ll call this one a WIP (i.e. work in progress. This was done as usual, Micron black pen in my moleskin sketchbook.
Here is a sketch I did this past weekend while camping with my family. By some chance I actually had time to sketch twice (a miracle, believe me!). I enjoyed sketching this bottle, and would have liked to have completed the scene. The bottle was placed at the end of our picnic table among an identical bottle, and several other items (bug spray, sunscreen, etc). But, alas, time is short with twin three year old boys, so I stuck to the single bottle. This was drawn with a Micron 03 black ink in my Moleskin sketchbook, about 5×7, a little longer I think. Enjoy!
Here is a quick sketch I did last week while my boys were playing on the beach. This little boy was drinking from the coveted juice box while standing in the water. He moved quickly, so this was a little challenging to capture him. It was a really hot and sunny day, and the beach was packed, which is to say stuffed since our beach is uber tiny. This sketch was done in my moleskin sketchbook with a Micron #3 black ink pen. Enjoy!
I recently took a leap of faith and left a job I’ve had for the past eleven years for a new one. A totally different, hopefully more rewarding, job working with people with disabilities. A far cry from retail, I know. To the point of this post… I had the opportunity to sketch a little during the week long orientation. I know I started a quest for 365 portraits awhile back, which i admit failed miserably, but there wasn’t much to sketch in the room we were in except people, so I went for it. These couple of sketches were done with ballpoint ink in a tiny little sketchbook I only recently rediscovered in my workshop, and have thus started carrying it around in my handbag. I guess it finally came in handy. Enjoy.