Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February Sketch Crawl in the tropics of Cleveland

So this month's Sketch Crawl was inside the RainForest @ Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. They graciously allowed 15 of us complimentary admission. We had a winter storm that dumped a serious snowfall the night before, but the stalwarts showed up.

The sketch I did get finished was one of the more static displays in the building. Many of my fellow sketchers took on the fast moving inhabitants of the building, and they did an awesome job. I'm still not comfortable sketching quickly, but I have to work on that.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Christmas to the "Max" . . .

So it was a wonderful Christmas season. During our family get together, my daughter got out her digital SLR and got some awesome shots. This picture of Max, my nephew's youngest son, really struck me. After viewing Greg Joen's blog from EDM, I was inspired to try his approach, slightly modfied. I've always struggled with drawing people, but I like this method and am pleased with the results.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hibiscus Study

I have always been interested in the old "naturalist" style of botanical studies. This hibiscus was done on a plane trip to Tucson. The turbulence didn't cause too many unwanted lines.

A Friday Night @ the Coffee House

Last Friday night, we went to the local coffee house to hear a friend play an acoustic set and just chill out for a while. I had the latest issue of Audubon magazine and decided to sketch from the photos. So here is an effort at a Seriema (which I'd never heard of, but had a cool crest) by Andrew Zuckerman. Very bizarre creature (the bird, not Zuckerman).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm Alive

OK, I'm not dead, but it has been months since I've posted. I must do better.

So I have drawn a few times since I last posted, but too few. So this first one is from early October. It is from a photo ad in a bike magazine for a new style "motorcycle" with three wheels. It is called a Spyder from Can-Am and it is radical.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A New Sketchbook Project

Well, just what I needed, another project . . . but maybe it is. I never seem to make the time to post unless I give myself a deadline or an event of some sort. So I signed up for The Arthouse Gallery's latest Sketchbook Project Vol. 4 .

They assign you the topic of your sketchbook, which I was concerned about, but I got "Postcards" as my theme. I can work with that. I'll be ding the picture on one side, and the "postcard message" on the other. A bit challenging for using watercolor, because the paper is pretty thin, but that's the plan for right now.

So following is my first entry. I won't probably post them all, but I have to return the book by early December, so I'm going to try and crank them out.

Wish me luck, and enjoy.