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More sketchbook drawing around town. These were done at Borders Starbucks Cafe area so I guess you could call them “Cafe Drawings”. Done in a few minutes give or take, I prefer calling them “Quicksdraw” should anyone care to remember Hanna-Barbera. These are reference for character designs. I caricature my subjects in varying degrees. It’s fun but your brain needs to be switched on. Both sides.

More People Sketches

While considering a title for this post I remembered occasions in the past when I’d draw people in public. I’ve heard of different names for this kind of drawing people in natural settings. One is “Cafe Drawings”. Not really an appropriate name for where I draw though. The alternative is sitting in an art class with fifty or sixty other people drawing a model in a pose you may have seen a hundred times before…and they look like they’ve done it hundred times before. Although you learn it does get

You can only get good drawings of people in completely relaxed environments. People are different when they know their being observed. I’ve always been a people watcher and feel being a good observer is an essential ingredient to being a good artist. Something funny I recall is once I was at one of my favorite places, Huntington Gardens. I was on a bench drawing people at the entrance a few down from where tours of the garden were given. One conscientious tour person asked if I was waiting for a tour. I made the mistake of being forthcoming with her. She said “Are you telling them your drawing them?” I can only remember smiling. How would you respond to a question like that? Considering this I guess you could call this post “Surreptitious Sketching”.

Travel Sketchbook Drawings

Naturally I kept a sketchbook close by during my travels back east….

and in the SF airport & restaurants.

Also you may have noticed I’m a recipient of the “Rambling Beard Award 2010” bestowed upon Allen’s Zoo by my esteemed fellow blogger Kim Ayres, as evidenced by the award icon on my sidebar to the left.

Drawing Naked People
December 14, 2010, 10:54 pm
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The question of why life drawing is an established method of learning to draw practiced in most art schools has been brought up. The best answer I found is that we as humans, being as familiar as we are with the human body can gauge how well it is drawn better than any other living form. Above are quick five minute or less poses for gesture, the most important aspect of life drawing. One of the first things I posted on this blog and now hidden in it’s depths are life drawings.

Sketches from life & head
November 18, 2009, 11:49 pm
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As I promised a few posts ago here’s some sketches done a Sunday while at Santa Monica as well as other’s while sitting in hotel rooms sketching away. I’ve mentioned before Charlie Rose is one of the few shows I watch on television… right? In fact I watch nothing else ongoing. He always has interesting guests and conversations.

Seems I was tagged by my friend Jess a couple of posts ago. Have two & three…one I’ll finish soon.
Here are the stipulations that came with this award:
1. Choose 5 stand out blogs…. or as many as you desire.
2. Thank the blogger who gave you this Award. Thank you Jess!
3. Answer the questions below with only one word.
OK? Now do it!

*Where is your phone? Home
*Your hair? Brown
*Your Mother ? Home
*Your Father? Not
*Favorite food? Mediterranean
*Your dream last night? De Niro
*Favorite drinks? Wine
*Your dreams? Sketchbook
*What room are you in? Daughter’s
*Your hobby? Blogging
*Your fear? Highways
*Where do you want to be in six years? There
*Where were you last night? Bed
*Something you’re not? Unfriendly
*Muffins? Can’t
*Wish List Item? Contentment
*Last thing you did? Draw
*What are you wearing? PJ’s
*Your pets? Chippy
*Your friends? Somewhere
*Your life? Wonderful
* Your mood? Now?
* Missing someone? All
*Your vehicle? Hyundai
*Something you’re not wearing? Rings
*Your favour colour? Orange
*When was the last time you laughed? Mmm
*Last time you cried? Mmm
*Your best friend? Mmm
*One place you go over and over? Home
*One person that e-mails you? Daughter
*Favorite place to eat? Home

LA Equestrian
December 9, 2008, 2:14 am
Filed under: Drawing & Painting from Life, sketchbook | Tags: , , , , ,

I’m dedicating this post to all the special people in my life.
I sketched this horse quite a while ago at LA Equestrian.


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