Friday, March 10, 2017

#oneweek100people2017 Day 4

Here's a few sketches from Day 4 of the #oneweek100people2017 challenge. I was in a very scribbly mood today.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Here are a few more sketches from Day three of #oneweek100people2017 sketching challenge.

I'm at 63 people sketched and 37 to go in the next two days.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Here's a few of my very sketchy sketches from Day 2 & Day 3 of the #oneweek100people2017 challenge.  some of these were drawn live at the Broadway Coffeehouse and others were drawn from television shows

Monday, March 6, 2017


This week is #oneweek100people2017 . The challenge is to draw a hundred people between March 6-10. They can be drawn on location such as a library, coffee shop or mall, or you can use video, tv or photos. Just draw.

You can look up the challenge on Marc Taro Holmes' website here: Citizen Sketcher

Here are a few of my very sketchy sketches from the first day drawn on a little 3.5x5.5 scribbler.

The purpose of this exercise is to just draw. Give yourself permission to have fun and draw without consequence, as Marc says on his blog. 

Monday, February 27, 2017


Here's a few more sketches from February.

View from a parking lot in Salem, Oregon, Feb 25, 2017.

I was out walking during lunch the other day (Feb. 22, 2017) when it started hailing and raining so I ducked into the coffee shop and drew this whie I waited for it to stop.
Apple picker. Drawn from a photo.

Squash picker. Drawn from photo. 
Winegrape harvest. Drawn from a photo.

Monday, January 30, 2017


I just watched a video on Youtube by Shoo Rayner about practicing drawing people from photographs if you are uncomfortable about drawing in public (which I am). I get very nervous drawing in public and I tend to hurry my sketches the more people that are around. In fact I probably resemble one of those speed-drawing videos on Youtube  because I draw so fast. And that causes me to make lots of mistakes or get the perspective wrong.

Shoo said something in his video that I liked. "Don't abandon a drawing if you make a mistake - that can turn into a habit and you'll never finish anything. Often you can save a drawing or painting by just keeping on going!" That's pretty good advice, I think. 

This sketch is one that I abandoned but decided to finish it up just to get it finished. You cansee the unfinished version a couple of posts down.

This one still needs to be finished. But I am working on it. Since the last time I posted it a couple of weeks ago I've at least managed to ink some of it. 

This sketch and the one below are a couple that I've done from photographs on what I call attitude poses.  Obviously I still need a lot of work on drawing the human form.

This is a combination of drawing from photographs, creating my own characters and throwing them into an urban setting. This was inspired by passers-by watching me draw or stopping and asking to see what I'm drawing. I tried to capture their expressions and attitudes.

This is one I almost gave up on. It's a sketch of a building in Albany but I left out a window upstairs (it really has 4 tall windows, not three). But I decided to finish it anyhow. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


My lunchtime sketch of High Street at the corner of High and Court streets in Salem, Oregon. It was one of the sunniest, warmest days we've had in a long time. It felt good just to sit and soak up the sun.

I only take a half-hour lunch so in order to get this sketched I did lots of prep work like check it out on Streetview to look at all the angles. Also I did a couple of practice drawings of the corner building based off Streetview so I knew the basics so once I arrived, parked my car and found a place to sit I could get to work on it right away.

Monday, January 23, 2017


I've been trying out watercolors and different paper types. It's a hard medium to learn and it reacts differently to different paper types. I've been painting from tutorials online — mostly from Peter Sheeler's YouTube channel. He keeps it pretty quick, simple and easy to follow along. Each painting only takes about 30 minutes to draw and paint so I like that

From Peter Sheeler's YouTube channel tutorial. The paper on this one is Arches cold press 140#.
Plus I like his style of drawing. His lines are quick and sketchy and just the right amount of detail.
From Peter Sheeler's YouTube channel tutorial. I painted this one in my sketch book which does not have watercolor paper.  I'm not sure of what weight of paper my sketchbook has.
From Peter Sheeler's YouTube channel tutorial using one color. This was also painted in sketchbook.
 The one below I couldn't get the sky to work at all. I think I painted it, then lifted the paint off and repainted it three times and redrew it twice. I first tried painting it on a cheap watercolor paper (not sure of the brand) but didn't like it at all so when I redrew it I used Arches cold press paper.

Also from Peter Sheeler's YouTube channel. Winsor & Newton watercolors on Arches cold press paper.
I really like Arches paper but it is pretty expensive compared to other brands. I happened to get this batch at 60 percent off at a local art supply store. I should of bought more.

A sketch from my own imagination on canvas.

By the way, I'm using my phone to take photos of these to post, so if some of them look distorted or out of whack, it may not just be my drawing abilities ... but then again, maybe it is my drawing. Oh and the color isn't close to accurate either.