Taking care of children is a very tough job. But sketching kids is also tough. The more active child was all over the place. I started to draw him when he was in one position and 30 seconds later he was in another. This mother was truly in charge of a family of at least […]
I saw this couple adorable couple in the waiting room. They were very cozy, and I had a long time to draw them. I even took some time to render the plant. Another man sat down next to them. He was only there for a short time, so he is just a sketch.
Most of the time waiting rooms have more than one waiter waiting. This was the woman next to the person whose portrait I sketched yesterday.
Having not had any face time today, I resorted to copying a photograph. The photo was taken during a visit to the Japanese garden a couple of weeks ago. An enlargement did not show much facial detail, so I used this sketch to practice shading technique. I used different pencils with hardness ranging from HB […]
Another waiting area, this time with an opportunity to observe beauty in the making. I couldn’t decide if the lady in this sketch was reading one of those scary magazines or was in the middle of some kind of treatment.
There were so many trees, each of them different: different kinds of leaves, different tones, different shadings. The sketch below is a meditation. I could have worked on it all day. The overcast lighting would not have changed the shadowing that much. I have a photograph of this scene, so I can get back to […]
Proportions, always proportions. Leonardo DaVinci had very detailed descriptions of ratios of one body part to another. When drawing, it pays to lightly sketch in the entire form of the subject before committing to a more bold outline. The portrait below turned out to be one of a long-waisted man.
It is difficult for me to make interesting sketches of people in profile. In sketches where the scene includes more context, I get good results with a vague outline of a person’s profile, paying more attention to the rest of the image. I think I could have done a better drawing today if I focused […]
Only a few more weeks before we shut the doors. I’ve never outlasted a firm at which I’ve worked. Strange feeling. I’m sure this is much more common these days than it was in my time.
There are only a few different poses people assume when they wait in waiting rooms. However, I never tire of figuring out the relationship between the angle of the head axis and the shoulder plane; the length of the upper arm compared with the lower arm; the relative position of the legs, et cetera. The […]