Sketch Book Series: Shading Practice (August 2010)

My annotations on this sketch remind me of the surfaces I was trying to render. I captured the matte finish of the rim of the flower pot; I’m not so sure about the shiny white enamel of the base. Neither the matte nor the shiny surfaces show much tonal variation. I could have added white […]

Sketch Book Series: Tonal Musings (June 2010)

Back in 2010, I used to practice my pen technique every several pages. Here I tried different ink shading techniques to get uniform tonal values. I think the dark patch I scribbled in atop the face’s left eye was intended to hide it. I recall not being too thrilled with that eye as it was. […]

Sketch Book Series: Back Yard (May 2010)

I was a bit more successful portraying depth in the sketch below, as compared to the one posted yesterday. I intended to silhouette the railing upon which the planters sat and I made the background lighter. These factors let one imagine distance between the planter railing and the back fence.

Sketch Book Series: SoCal (January 2010)

This sketch began with pencil and finished with ink. The result is more of a postcard than a creative piece. I enjoy taking pictures. In approximately one-sixtieth of a second, they capture a moment that I can identify later when I look at it. Perhaps I get a connect more deeply to a place that […]

Sketch Book Series: Kitchen (August 2008)

One thing glares out at me as I revisit this sketch: the very black black of the stove and the hood over the stove. It is a solid black, when it should have been a cross-hatched tone darker than the sides of the cabinets. Otherwise, this would have been a really good nostalgic piece.

Sketch Book Series: Back Porch (August 2008)

I worked hard on this drawing. I had just retired, I had little else to do around the house (being settled after the move out west). I had been practicing shading with my micro-tip ink pen. This drawing looks pretty good altogether and, instead of being an art piece for me, it serves the purpose […]

Sketch Book Series: Homestead (August 2008)

I unearthed some more sketchbooks during the course of our latest move. The picture below came from a notebook I started shortly after moving to California. I was just starting to use watercolor (as you can probably tell). The colors are vivid and unmixed, as if I were just coloring in between the outlines.