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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