Monthly Archives: December 2015

A hat for the new year

For the final 20-minute pose at open studio, our model put on a New Year’s party hat, a creation made of feathers and a teacup. She had large soulful eyes, a downturned mouth, and a reproachful attitude, all of which I had … Continue reading

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Listening

One of my major learning goals is to convey a story through images. While waiting a bit this morning for the others to coordinate schedules, I captured the expression of someone who was listening to a story being told. The chin on a … Continue reading

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A low key Monday

It was a relaxing morning. We sat around in parallel, each doing our own thing on this Monday in the midst of the winter holiday. In my case, I was learning to use the Apple pencil with the iPad and Procreate, … Continue reading

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A dog’s point of view

The house is full of people talking, eating and playing games at the table and Luke is spending a lot of time beneath the table. I wondered about the winter holiday from Luke’s perspective, and I think it may be about waiting under the table, getting extra … Continue reading

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Can’t stop thinking

I notice that I have a theme running off and on through my blog entries, the theme of exploring the ways people work to understand elusive ideas. This sketch goes back to this theme again. This time I wanted to … Continue reading

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A quiet moment

I wanted to capture the feeling of a relaxing end to a family day. I wanted to suggest a moment of restoration through body language and symbols. I drew several quick sketches before I could settle in on which pieces of the … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

I don’t usually draw from photos but could not resist a photo my sister sent of her new grandson. I was struck by how the child’s hands communicated his vulnerability and the adult’s hands communicated an unspoken pledge of love and … Continue reading

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Parking lot

  It may seem strange but I love going to this parking lot because of the palm trees and hillside. We had a beautiful cloudy morning and I was happily waiting in the parking lot before the stores opened. I wanted to convey … Continue reading

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Pause for a bite

Looking again at my sketches from yesterday I find I like this 5- minute piece better than the 50-minute sketch I posted yesterday. This quick sketch has a loose and fluid feeling and makes me curious about what the couple was experiencing together. … Continue reading

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Elephants

The elephants at the zoo were active today; perhaps they were enjoying our nippy weather. Their activity called for lots of watching and picture taking from the crowd, which gave me stationary models. I wanted to capture the attention and … Continue reading

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Next number please

I was waiting in a customer service line for my number to be called, along with other shoppers. It was crowded and the pace was slow so I began to sketch three women who, from my vantage point, pretty much looked like … Continue reading

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Problems worthy of attack

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. This small poem from the Danish mathematician, scientist, inventor, and poet, Piet Hein (1905- 1996) goes a long way to explain why people want to figure things out. It feels so good to get … Continue reading

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More from open studio

Today was not a good day for sketching so here is a second sketch from yesterday’s open studio. As I got familiar with the model’s expressions, I was able to make some decisions about an underlying story to draw, since telling a story through image … Continue reading

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Open Studio

We had another expressive model today at open studio and so the three hours flew by. It is interesting how much difference the model makes. This model’s facial expression made it easy to draw him and to add in an … Continue reading

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One more from SDSU

It was another cold day with students studying intently up at the college. This young woman in the foreground seemed to be writing a paper and had materials and books all across the table. But what caught my eye were the three … Continue reading

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Two days left in the semester

Final exams are well underway at SDSU and our weather has turned very cold. The campus is emptying out and the remaining students are scattered about the patios, cafeterias, and libraries, mostly studying alone, seeming tired but determined to use all the time left in the semester. … Continue reading

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A quick bite and sketch

Stopping for a quick bite at a taco shop was a good idea as it gave me a chance to get a few quick sketches. I like this sketch for two reasons. First, the point of view is from behind … Continue reading

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Spirited

This is one of several sketches I made on the last day of a short trip.  I like this sketch because I caught a range of expression in the eyes that indicate clarity, intelligence, unspoken thoughts, openness and a lively engagement with the world.  … Continue reading

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Concern

I spent hours today continuing to read the Procreate handbook and practice digital art techniques by making adjustments to yesterday’s post, Thinking. I lengthened the body, moved the eyes, shortened the nose and chin, added worry lines to the forehead … Continue reading

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Thinking

  I kept noticing the look of thinking as this young woman worked. Her expression changed as she wrote and rewrote, as though she were in an engaging conversation. At times she appeared questioning, knowing, disappointed, happy, or perplexed. This showed … Continue reading

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Airport lines

While I was waiting at the airport I noticed the general impatience and tension of the crowd as they stood in line. Not having  my sketchbook with me, I turned to my ipad and used an art app, Procreate. I … Continue reading

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A quick study session

Two students met up and sat briefly in the warm December sun, rehearsing, I think, for a class presentation. They were focused and a little tense, in contrasted with the more relaxed pedestrians behind them. Their focus is conveyed through the … Continue reading

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Studying on the patio

The last day of fall semester at SDSU is two days away and the patio up at the college was full of people studying, heads bent down, books and computers out and in use. Most were in groups and seemed to be … Continue reading

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Parking structure at sunset

A parking lot is an unusual subject for me. I was up at the college planning to get some end-of-semester student scenes to complement the ones I did at the start last August. I did get a few but my attention went … Continue reading

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Rio San Diego and Fenton

A red stoplight at some intersections makes me very happy because I get to pause to appreciate the view. Rio San Diego and Fenton is one of these and I had to get out of my car and sketch the canopy of palm trees and … Continue reading

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December songs

Yesterday when I was sketching at Spanish Village in Balboa Park, I was able to get three sketches of a musician who was playing as part of the December Nights weekend festivities. She had spark, spunk and energy and I wanted to capture … Continue reading

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Contentedness

I sketched today with Rachael’s group at Spanish Village where there was tremendous bustle as the shopkeepers and vendors readied themselves for the big December Nights weekend. There was live music and at some point I looked over and saw a … Continue reading

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Open studio

Our model today was expressive and her personality transferred to our collective work. I worked in pencil, pen and ink and when I got home scanned several sketches into my new ipad, where I used an app, Procreate, to add … Continue reading

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What is so interesting about the exit?

I was at the museum and noticed people hanging out at the entrance. I was curious about the attraction of that location but glad to capture some of the figures in this sketch. Although I think this sketch meets my major … Continue reading

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Buying a treat

This is a quick in-the-moment sketch of a couple buying dessert at a little deli. Each seemed a bit put off with the other and neither could decide what to buy. I think the couple’s indecision is caught in the woman’s … Continue reading

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