January: On my way to Artzona

So glad to have a nice trip to Arizona to look forward to. This year I’m attending Artzona, a weekend gathering of artists from my mail art trading sites, ATCs for All and Illustrated ATCs. We’ll hang out, make and trade art, and make a lot of racket. A great way to escape the winterContinue reading “January: On my way to Artzona”

Ballpoint Pen Sketch: Something Serious

Something Serious pen and paper, 5 x7 inches Instead of filling requests for portraits, I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with ballpoint pen drawings.  Here’s one I thought came out quite well.  As always, Michael is my ever-patient model.  He looks like he’s thinking about something pretty serious, but I think he’s just asleep.

Graphite Sketch: An Impossible Angle

graphite on paper, 5 x 8 inches On the first sunny and warm day this spring,  Michael and I went to the park.  Michael basked, and I sketched.   At first I was frustrated.  I had chosen an impossible angle and as it was such a glorious, lazy, summery afternoon I just couldn’t bear toContinue reading “Graphite Sketch: An Impossible Angle”

Back to the Sketchbook

It’s been a long time since I’ve just played around in my sketchbook.   I forgot how fun it is to just scribble and hack away without any real attachment to the outcome.   I had spent some time working on an ATC for a self-portrait swap.  It just wasn’t working .  The drawing was okay, butContinue reading “Back to the Sketchbook”

Every Day in May: Day 30 – Gardening Sketches

Saturday I did a lot of gesture sketches and tried capturing Michael as he worked in our yard. Here are the best of the sketches, at least they look human.  Michael was able to recognize himself, which was a good sign.  I love this kind of sketching where you focus on what you are seeingContinue reading “Every Day in May: Day 30 – Gardening Sketches”

Every Day in May: Day 28 – Just Sketchin’

For Day 28 I sketched some mastiffs for some ATCs I’m making for a friend.   Wow, can’t believe that May is almost over. Are any of you avoiding certain projects because it is May.  I know that I am.  A friend of mine gave me a starter set of OPEN acrylics, those new slower-drying paints. Continue reading “Every Day in May: Day 28 – Just Sketchin’”

Every Day in May – Day 4 – Another Pug Sketch

I’m still doing sketches for an artist trading card for a friend of mine.   I’m working on getting just the right expression.   I’m not really a dog person, but the more I study the reference photos I was given, the more I appreciate this dog.  He’s awfully cute.  Perhaps that’s why I always spend aContinue reading “Every Day in May – Day 4 – Another Pug Sketch”

Presidential Debate Sketches

Friday night I sat with my sketchpad and tried drawing the presidential candidates while they were talking.   This was pretty tough to do, but it was helpful that they were stuck at their podiums.  I could start a sketch and know that their heads would return to something close to one of the positions thatContinue reading “Presidential Debate Sketches”

Drawing Larger Than 2.5″ x 3.5″

See, I’ve actually done a drawing larger than 2.5″ x 3.5″ lately.  This one is about 4″x7″.   I did this sketch of Michael at a nearby park the other day.  It was too hot to be in the house so we went to this park with an abundance of fir trees.  I love toContinue reading “Drawing Larger Than 2.5″ x 3.5″”