Filed under: character design, Drawing & Painting from Life | Tags: About Me, Art, character design, Childhood, gesture drawing, Illustration, quick sketch, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing
Again I was drawing passerby from my usual picture window at the cafe yesterday.
Filed under: Photo's | Tags: About Me, America, California, Easter, Ocean, Photography, USA, Wharf
Taken a some time ago, my daughter and I posing on a pier that became one of our favorite places to walk. I know I’ve this said before, but I really like the rustic look of this place.
I’d also like to wish a Happy Easter to those who celebrate it, and to those who do not, it is really a time of rejuvenation.
Filed under: Drawing & Painting from Life, sketchbook | Tags: About Me, Art, Illustration, people sketches, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing
Yes I’m still alive should anyone have wondered why I hadn’t posted for so long. I may have mentioned, I’ve always been a people watcher as long as I can remember. So it was a natural evolution to sketch people in their surroundings. Lately I’ve had more of an opportunity to draw people from life.
I only really began drawing people in their surroundings, not posing in a room full of people to draw or paint since graduating from Art Center College. I found I prefer it. Although I should say drawing from a posing model, clothed and unclothed, was a valuable ingredient in my education.
Since cafe sketching, I’ve had some interesting communication with people who were hyper aware. But mostly it’s an art of “taking a mental snapshot”, as was the case of the sketch of the intense gentleman above and the subject was none the wiser.
Taken by my daughter while doing one of my favorite things.
I want to thank friends of Allen’s Zoo as we approach the end of the year, the response to my work still amazes me. I also would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year and albeit a belated Merry Christmas. The holidays arrived before I knew it.
Filed under: Photo's | Tags: About Me, Beach, California, Dreams, earthquake, Ocean, Photography, Seascape
I took this photo yesterday about prime time, meaning prime time light, what little there was. People were having family picnics on benches just in front of me. They seemed oblivious or at least uninterested in the show the sky was putting on.
Last night I woke just before midnight. I lay in bed around ten minutes before I felt a motion. I thought “Is this one of those moments I’m feeling involuntary body movement?” The movement pretty quickly became pronounced. Although not very strong it was strong enough and lasted at least a minute or two. When done I looked at the clock next to my bed. It was 11:55pm. This earthquake could be called the Halloween earthquake…unless of course we have another before then.
When I woke I remembered dreaming of a tsunami. I then remembered reading an article about dreams. A theory that the significance dreams had was a survival mechanism in a sense to warn us of danger. Guess a tsunami could happen although I don’t know if there’s a danger of a tsunami this particular time. I think I’ll avoid walking too close to the shoreline though.
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As I’ve mentioned previously (on this blog) I find this kind of play helpful to me. Not only does it help me loosen up and helps me move into work that’s more expressive, less predictable. Play’s important for learning….I guess that’s generally accepted now.
Filed under: Photo's | Tags: About Me, Beach, California, Fish, International, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA
Pictured above for those of you who don’t know, the keeper of Allen’s Zoo exploring one of my favorite places.
I saw something while exploring the intertidal zone today I’m not likely to see for a while again if at all. While looking at the usually seen inhabitants, (hermit crabs, starfish, sea urchins) I rounded a rock and saw what I initially thought was the largest starfish I’d ever seen. It was about two and a half feet long (.7 meters). My mind making sense of something I’d never seen in the wild. Then realized then it wasn’t a starfish. It was a Pacific Octopus. I recognized the coloration from images in books I’ve used as reference. Although I know they happen around these ocean zones I didn’t know if it was still alive. It was not in water. I reached for my camera then remembered took the batteries out yesterday as they needed to be replaced. I then thought it probably wasn’t alive and waiting for the tide like the other things in the intertidal zone. I thought it’d be sad to photograph it then.
Also……Happy Mothers Day mom and all moms.
As seen at various times of day. The second photo, with the seagull in flight taken at the time of my previous photo post…just below.
Filed under: Drawing & Painting from Life | Tags: About Me, Art, character design, Cinema, Film, Humor, Illustration, people sketches, quick sketch, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing
I’ve always been a people watcher and nearly always find interest when being in a different place. More often than not I see generalised similarities and differences in people living or frequenting certain places. For example you would probably see that some folks would look a little out-of-place in Beverly Hills, of which I’d include myself. Inevitably these observations end up in my sketchbook. Above is a quicksketch done in my sketchbook (few minutes or less) while out. Some of this is what I draw upon for character designs later (of course).
Filed under: Photo's | Tags: About Me, America, Beach, California, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA
At least one of the places. Some may recognize this photo posted for a short time in a different format here. It’s returned to stay. I think this photo offers a nice contrast to the snow. If you don’t see it move your mouse.