Just found this sketchbook. I like the drawing of the hand. It looks like I was at low ebb that day.
I used this particular parking lot quite a bit (both for parking and sketching). I spent what seemed like hours on the leafy hedge, at first trying to render each leaf, later settling for overall texture. The trees, far and near, were also a challenge. My cars come out cartoony, but I like them. I […]
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.
I drew this from a photo I took of a biryani food truck in New York City.
I spent most of my effort in this sketch, to the background. With different pen strokes, I textured and shaded the space between the flowers.
In this sketch, I used a gray watercolor wash for the road and shadows. I inked the details of the leaves and accentuated some of the sharper shadows.
This was the Arm Wrestling Booth at the Tech Museum;(it was removed since 2010). I am sure I used pencil in this one in order to render the spot lighting on the floor. I inked the letters in the signage. Finally, I used watercolor to represent the backgrounds of each exhibit.
I don’t remember using pencil on this sketch. I used black pen sparingly. The focus was on the watercoloring.
I think this was the first time I used watercolor pencils. I didn’t mix colors nor, does it seem, did I even add water! Watercolor pencils have their own personality and need to be explored on a different basis than watercolor paints.
The doc told me yesterday that my brother Mike might not make it unless I approved her request for intubation. Apparently the urgent need for a ventilator evaporated some time overnight. Mike can’t fend for himself. He is low functioning, autistic and nonverbal. Today, on a conference call with Dave, my younger brother, Mike’s group […]