Monthly Archives: September 2015

Because of a giraffe enthusiast

There is so much that I only really notice after someone points it out to me. I have visited the zoo many times but only began to see giraffes when I heard them praised by a fan. The more I drew giraffes today, the more … Continue reading

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Back at the beach

It was a beautiful day for boogie boarding, sunny with moderate winds and gentle surf. And it was a great day for sketching at Mission Beach as well. I sat on the beach wall near an energetic group and worked on conveying … Continue reading

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Two bicyclists

Sometimes I put my all into a sketch and only get a mess; at other times I quickly jot my impressions and end up capturing a detail that seems right on. This sketch, while full of exaggeration, has such a detail. The green bicyclist is … Continue reading

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On the patio # 2

In Saturday’s post, “On the patio,” I had to crop out a portion after making a mess of it. Since I did many sketches that night when I was working on capturing expressions that convey a sense of people not engaging socially with … Continue reading

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On the patio

I continued to experiment with markers as I worked on incorporating line into my sketch in a way that did not distract from the story. I began with a line sketch in ink from yesterday, added marker, and then augmented … Continue reading

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Counting stitches

Counting stitches while knitting in crowd takes concentration. This simple line sketch shows the knitter’s focus with her slight frown, extended lower lip, relaxed body, and the direction of her gaze on her hands.

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Open studio

Sketching at open studio evokes a childhood memory of the feeling of working on an independent assignment alongside my classmates, earnestly, quietly and with focus. At open studio as soon as the model takes a position, sets the timer, and … Continue reading

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Napping couple with a small umbrella

I spent the morning at Torrey Pines State Beach, just north of San Diego. It is a great place for a hike, swim, snooze or sketch. The contrast of the movement of the sea and swimmers to this napping couple … Continue reading

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At the zoo

The zoo is great place to sketch people of all ages. This was a warm up sketch but I like the composition and the work I accomplished with my practice goal of using a variety of lines. I used marker and … Continue reading

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Beach runners

I went to Mission Beach today and sketched away the day. The sea was energetic and so were a great many of the beachgoers. Even though the runners have a gravity defying angle to their posture, I like this sketch because … Continue reading

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What’s up with the figure in red?

It looked and sounded like a family reunion. Laughter, excited voices all talking at once, people helping themselves to the food on their neighbor’s plate, everyone enjoying the moment, everyone, that is, except the figure in red. She sat back, silent, … Continue reading

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More talk

This is another sketch from Friday night and a continuation of a focus on telling a story about the interaction of people in a group.  Arms say a lot about the intention of speakers and the reception of the idea under discussion … Continue reading

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Talk

My deliberate practice goal this week is to convey a story through the interaction of a group and I caught a few people exchanging opinions this evening in our home. The eye contact, open mouths, and arm positions indicate talking and … Continue reading

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Open studio sketch

Toward the end of the three-hour open studio, I turned to my fellow sketchers to work a bit on my deliberate goal of sketching groups of people in a setting.  I was struck by how uniform their look of attentive focus … Continue reading

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Study Group

The weather was perfect today and students were outside enjoying it as they studied, which helped me along with my goal of sketching groups of people in a setting. I again used markers in place of my watercolors and am … Continue reading

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Coffee break

I was up at the college at one of the many outdoor coffee spots. I wanted to capture groups of active people within a setting so I used markers, thinking this would make it easier to be speedy with sketching. … Continue reading

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A final ‘splash of color’

I walked up to the college and sketched next to a pond. A pedestrian stopped on the pond’s bridge, leaned on the railing, and stared meditatively at the water below. He seemed dejected and conveyed this by leaning his two arms on the … Continue reading

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A quick snooze

We sat with our guests to catch up on all our news. The long day and great meal caught up with our friend and he capitulated to an overwhelming need for a quick nap, which made him fair game for a sketch. I caught … Continue reading

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Finding a voice, part 2

I added color to a black and white sketch that I made when I attended the August 30, ‘Finding a voice’ concert, since I know I will not have time to sketch later today. This concert was the final event of … Continue reading

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What is she thinking?

For my deliberate practice this week, I am using splashes of paint to convey a story and am getting a bit closer to what I want to achieve. First and most importantly, there is an idea communicated in this sketch. The tilt of the … Continue reading

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A library tapper

I stopped by the library and while I was making my selection, I noticed a student tapping her foot over at a desk facing the wall. She was intent, focused and tapping away. My attention was also caught by the reflection of the … Continue reading

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At the salon

I didn’t know where to begin sketching but I knew that in a few minutes I would be draped in red getting a haircut. So I grabbed my sketchbook and drew everything as fast as I could. The incomplete lines and splotchy … Continue reading

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First day of school

I was lucky today, I was able to visit a school for those bittersweet minutes when parents leave their children on the first day of the new school year.  This particular school is organized around the idea that children need … Continue reading

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My fallback model

When I worked I did not understand that my dog was ready for adventure at all times. Now I know because Luke is always at my feet, always waiting for an expedition, and always projecting this through body language and eye contact. … Continue reading

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The look of listening

I am fascinated by the different looks exchanged as people interact with each other using eye contact. In this sketch tonight, the listener was on the phone and I noticed that although there was no visual communication, that the listener was still … Continue reading

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Interchanges

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met at Presidio Park this morning and the arcs and arches in the interchange below the park caught my attention. Although there is not a clear story conveyed in this sketch, I am posting it because … Continue reading

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What is she thinking?

I did not get a sketch today that is as expressive as this one from yesterday.  Although the model is alone, she looks into the distance and seems to be thinking about something that bothers her. Her left shoulder and eye are raised, … Continue reading

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Open Studio

Today I attended my second open studio session. I was more comfortable and able to focus. And how wonderful to have a model who does not stand up and leave in the midst of a drawing. There is a downside, however, to sketching a … Continue reading

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A visitor

We had a visitor this evening, or mostly our dog had one. It is the night before the first day of school for our neighbor and there is a lot to think about. Just now thoughts of school, finding friends and … Continue reading

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A birthday party

What if you went to a birthday party and the birthday boy’s request for gifts was for each guest to give a 10 to 15 minute presentation on an idea they were taken with? That is the gist of what I … Continue reading

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