Monthly Archives: September 2016

A Third Attempt to Get the Debate Sketch Right

Monday night I sketched the presidential debate in charcoal and on Tuesday I worked in Procreate to improve the sketch. My cousin Ann commented on the second sketch, “Like it but I’d put him further back on the right and … Continue reading

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Debate Sketch Revised

I wanted to improve yesterday’s sketch. In it both of the debaters appear too thin. I did catch a bit of Donald Trump’s peevishness, but did not convey Hillary Clinton’s air of confident readiness.  But what really bothered me was that although one … Continue reading

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Debate Sketch

Ninety minutes of debate tonight made for a rich opportunity for sketching. This is a charcoal sketch on multimedia paper. I used Snapseed to strengthen the darks in the background.

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Cerdos Farmers Market, Solana Beach

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met at Cerdos Farmers Market, Solana Beach today, in an attempt to stay cool as we sketched. This woman and her dog caught my eye as they sat waiting for their companion to finish his lunch. … Continue reading

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Man Watches Election News

We sat in the kitchen last night after supper, watching the latest news about the coming election.  It was so intense that I had dull the impact by pulling out my iPad and sketching. As I drew I noticed the expression … Continue reading

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Flowers in a Pot

Pastels, another medium I have not used much, is on our supply list for the art class I am taking. Today I pulled them out and used them along with charcoals and watercolor to sketch flowers in our backyard. Not … Continue reading

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September Flowers

Continuing today with drawing in charcoal, I wanted to use it to add depth to my work. I began this sketch by chalking in the negative space and then the flowers. It had some depth at this point but was … Continue reading

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Dinner with a Crossword

I went to my new drawing class today and we drew with vine charcoal, mostly on its side. It was wonderful to see the technique modeled by the teacher and the other students. Their work inspired me and now I am eager to learn … Continue reading

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Morning News

For most of our reading lives the morning paper was a part of my family’s breakfast routine. One shared paper made its way through all our hands as we ate before school and work. The morning news is still how … Continue reading

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Man Waits for Microwave 

This morning our houseguest stood at the window and looked out while he waited for the microwave. I liked the way he seemed to be distracted by the morning view, with his head up and his arm limp, as he … Continue reading

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Two Pink Flamingos

I took my sketchbook to the San Diego Zoo yesterday and sat in the shade near the multitude of flamingos. These two caught my eye because they were going back and forth, squawking, poking, and sticking together in the crowd. … Continue reading

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Luke Waits for His Walk

I sketched and sketched Luke this evening, while he waited and waited, keeping a close eye on me. I liked this sketch because I caught a bit of his attentive look. This is a Procreate sketch.

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Listening to the Teacher

Today I attended the first session of an art class I will take this fall. While we listened to the teacher explain the plan for the semester, I sketched a row of my fellow students. After years of watching middle school students listen … Continue reading

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A Perfect Camping Spot Revised

I was not satisfied with yesterday’s sketch and kept working on it today to try to understand my misgivings and to fix them. I wanted richer brights and deeper darks in the forest and more green in the foreground because … Continue reading

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A Perfect Camping Spot

I started this sketch last week in Colorado but abandoned it because it did not convey what I felt about the place we were camping in. In the original sketch the camper fills the page and dominates the focus; only … Continue reading

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After Oral Surgery

Going to the oral surgeon is not fun. However, it does present a novel opportunity for capturing a type of body language that I do not normally see. This is a watercolor and soluble pencil sketch that was edited using Procreate.

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Man Looking off to His Left

Today I sketched with the North Park Drawing Group. With each sketch I struggled to capture the model’s glassy eyes, finally coming close on this, the final pose of the day. This is a soluble pencil and watercolor sketch.

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Driving into the Sunset on I-15

As we returned from a family reunion and wedding in Colorado, I sketched as we bumped along the highway. Although the lines in the drawing waver a bit, I think the waivers capture the feeling of driving while drawing. The … Continue reading

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Morning after the Party Review

We went to the rehearsal party for our nephew’s wedding last night and then this morning enjoyed sharing our thoughts about it over breakfast. I love the body language of two people who have known each other a long time.  … Continue reading

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Horseshoes

During our family reunion we played horseshoes and I practiced capturing people throwing horseshoes. This is an ink sketch with color added later with Procreate. 

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Reading in Colorado

We are camping in a gorgeous remote part of Colorado with an  intermittent phone connection. This means most of my sketches are too large to upload. So here is a pen and ink drawing that I hope will upload.

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