This is How a Bee Approaches a Passionfruit Flower

A passionfruit flower looks like an alien landing pad (see Passionfruit Flowers). As a human, it was hard for me to look away from these unbelievable constructions. The bee, pictured below, also seemed hypnotized. The flower led it, via the purple-to-white-to-deep purple spokes, to its center. A central stalk suspends shower head-looking appendages containing pollen. […]

Waiting Room Rush

As I’ve mentioned before, sketching people in waiting rooms is fraught with hazards. One is the prospect that the person you select as a subject will become aware, and protest being drawn. Another is that the person you are drawing will get up and leave before you finish.  This is what happened in the sketch […]

Face Too Big For Hair

The hair is rendered masterfully, if you look at it by itself.  I’m not sure how I managed to draw the face so out of proportion. It would have been a matter of just a couple of millimeters from the receded hairline to the beginning of the forehead. But I moved the pen point a […]

Passionfruit Orb with Corkscrew

I spied this wonderful egg-like fruit in the vine that has overtaken a small tree in the area between the sidewalk and the curb. The color changes seamlessly from blue-green to yellow, at its south pole. There were many flowers and other fruits on this massive creeper, which I will show in subsequent posts.

Dislocated Faces

Distractions can be the source of dislocations and distortions in blind contour drawings. In the following example, I began the figure on the left just below the ear, but ended a distance away from the starting point. In the second figure, you might notice a rough curve inside it. I repositioned the pen (with the […]