Another Thurgood Marshall Sketch

Thurgood-Marshall-drawing5.5″ x 8″ pen and markers

In the past I’ve occasionally posted some drawings for Black History Month. Since it’s that time again, I thought it might be fun to revisit some old subjects.

Back in 2010 I did a sketch of a young Thurgood Marshall  (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993), the first African American on the Supreme Court and the lawyer who argued the famous Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court.  This current sketch was drawn from a photo taken in 1967, around the time he became the court’s 96th justice.

I’ve always been fascinated by his story: the grandson of a slave, who initially went to college to study medicine and become a dentist, eventually becomes an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Check out his biography on Wikipedia.

Welcoming 2013 With New Confidence

drawing of Martin Freeman, actor
sketchbook page – brush markers

The other day I whining about how little progress I thought I had made over the last couple of years.  I’d been sick with a cold and generally whinging about everything I could think of.   Last night, since I felt better I got out my sketchbook to do more practice drew this drawing of actor Martin Freeman.  I remembered that I had done a drawing of Freeman in 2008  posted it here on the blog.  Wow, what a difference.  When I look back at that post, I realize that I have made progress with my drawing.

I tend to forget that with every drawing we make, there is progress.  So I plan to fill more sketchbook pages and not worry about progressing with drawing.  I’ve had enough experience to know that if I just keep going there will be bad drawings, but there will also be some good ones and eventually the good ones will get even bettter.

So Happy New Year everyone and happy drawing.

Trading My Cards

Hi there everyone. Last week I started trading my art cards. It’s a blast. I’ve traded almost every card I’ve made. I made a few today. Here are two I made using my new comic book style:

Just a quick touch-up

I’ve already traded the one on the right. Minutes after I posted it, I had someone offer a wonderful piece for it. Is that cool, or what?

I’ve also been working on a portrait swap with Ujwala over at Draw the Line. I can’t wait to share that withMysterious woman you all.

Thanks for coming by and checking out my work. If it weren’t for your comments I wouldn’t have started trading these cards. So I am very grateful to you all.

Until next time, take care of yourselves. For all of you in the U.S. have a great Fourth of July.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Others

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson was the second African America to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. A civil rights activist, and Baptist minister, he ran twice in 1984 and 1988.

In 1984, he was pretty much written off as a fringe candidate. Therefore, it was quite a surprise when he came in third in the nomination race behind Gary Hart and Vice President Walter Mondale. He won 18.2% of the popular vote, won 5 state contests and 12% of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

When he ran for the Democratic nomination in 1988, his results were even better. He came in second to Michael Dukakis. He won 29% of the popular vote, 11 state contests, and 29.7% of the delegates.

Jackson has been in the public eye for many decades and has been involved in numerous civil rights and international activities. He is primarily known as the founder of the Rainbow Coalition which merged with PUSH to create the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

In 2004, Rev. Al Sharpton and Former Sen. Carol Mosely-Braun both briefly ran for the Democratic nomination, but dropped out early in the race.
Carol Mosley-Braun
Mosley-Braun, most noted for being the first African American woman elected for the U.S. Senate, dropped out in January 2004 right before the Iowa caucus and endorsed Howard Dean.

Sharpton dropped out of the race in March 2004 and endorsed John Kerry.

Well, that is it. Now I’ll sit back and watch how this current nomination race unfolds. It has definitely been interesting.

Neck and Neck


Last week I drew this in my journal. I was trying to write about current events instead of my usual self-absorbed scribblings about what I was feeling. Even I find that boring upon rereading. Anyway, since the Wisconsin and Hawaii contests are today, I thought I might as well post this little drawing here. If things keep going as they are, our May election in Oregon may actually matter. That will be a change.

Origami? I’d rather not.



I went on a brief origami binge a few years ago. I was obviously trying to punish myself for something. I found a couple of my creations tucked in a corner. They really didn’t come out too badly, but I remember that making them was tortuous.

Folding and creasing, pulling and folding. Sighing and folding. Clenching my teeth and creasing. Refolding all the folds that I didn’t fold straight enough. Balling up the paper and throwing it away because my bad folds and creases ensure that my poor crane will look like something you’d find dead by the side of the road. After tossing out a half a pack of paper, I was able to produce a passable crane and swan. Once I proved to myself I could do it, my origami period was definitely over.

I admire people who have the patience for origami. I love looking at the results, even if I hate to do it. I’d rather just draw the things.

Another go at the phone…

The phone, again

After my little snit about my supposedly sucky drawing, I had another go at the phone. It’s such a lovely phone. It has so many sexy curves and such a satisfying heft to it when you pick up the receiver. I love the way the light hits it.

The more attention I give to it, the more I love it. I feel I can draw this phone a hundred times. Don’t worry though. I won’t post them all here.

Thanks for visiting and looking at my drawings. I hope you visit again soon!