Person Walking: Semi Blind Drawing

One of the problems blind drawing presents is the re-placement of the tip of the pen after drawing a contour. It takes a good deal of skill to complete an outline in which the starting point coincides with the end point. Even if one accomplishes this, lifting the pen point from the drawing surface removes […]

Sketch of Man Interrupted by Another Man

I don’t know how many times I’ve started to sketch when another person interrupted the line of sight between my subject and me. Rather than start again, I usually try to draw the second subject, overlapping with the original one. This is harder than it looks; contour lines of the background figure are a source […]

Museum Patrons at Lunch

I went to an art museum today. I haven’t been to an inspiring place like that for a very long time.  I saw works of Van Gogh (oh, the texture!), Jawlensky, Klee, Rubens, Rembrandt and many others. I loved some of the compositions on paper by Degas: colored paper with lighter lines of pastes, were […]

Back Yard Sketch, Colored

I added watercolor to this pencil sketch. I’m working toward changing the emphasis of my sketching from the past year’s meditation on waiting. I would like to fill my next sketch book with colorful pen and ink and pencil drawings. To this end, I am looking for a better sketch book. Water applied to the […]

Portrait of Waiting Person in Context

This year I have been concentrating on drawing portraits of individuals or groups of people who are waiting. My sketches have been mostly close-ups that focus on body language or gesture. Today, I expanded my scope to give the viewer an idea of the surroundings.

Man in Sharply-Ironed Clothes

The gentleman across the way was wearing the sharpest shirt and trousers I have ever seen.  And I do mean sharp!  I don’t think that his clothes were starched, or they would have cracked when he moved. I was thinking about working some more on this drawing. I would concentrate the straight lines of the […]