The Italian Lesson

My study of drawing with colored pencils has revealed one fact that has upset my learning curve: the best paper to use is that which has texture (known by the term “tooth”). The journal that I have committed to use is a Moleskin sketchbook, which uses perfectly smooth paper.  This substrate is ideally suited to […]

Two Guys Waiting for Their Cars at the Dealer

I’ve been doing most of my waiting in waiting rooms in the medical setting. Of course there are other kinds of waiting areas: those for transportation (i.e., airports, train stations); those for products (mainly lines, for tickets, new product releases, etc.); and for services (which may include lines and seating areas, such as the Department of Motor […]

Tutor Waiting For Tutee Who Arrived 15 Minutes Later

I spent some time drawing the figure on the right, in the sketch below. After a while another man came to the table and sat down. I could tell there was a teacher-student relationship between them. It is difficult to portray time in a still picture. Perhaps the relaxed position of the man on the […]

Calm Woman, Nervous Man

People seem absorbed in their own ‘cone of silence’ in waiting rooms. I am amazed that nobody seems to notice when I sketch them. I try to notice everything about my surroundings. Perhaps my attention bounds about like the nervous man’s legs in the picture below. Except when I’m sketching of course.

The Couple

Pencil sketching technique is a lot different than using pen and ink. Every wiggle of the pen must be worked in to the drawing, even if the movement is unanticipated. But false moves with a pencil are not that drastic. They can be blended with a stump or even (perish the thought) erased. Here is […]