pen and ink

Moleskine: December

Been thinking a lot of Montevideo… sketched a few things from Plaza Independencia…

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These were done super quick, rapidamente, sketching past the fear that they’d be bad…

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Went last night to the Hotel Rex for a reading of San Francisco travel writers…

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Had to sketch stuff quick before it moved…

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The reading was over in less than an hour… Stuff don’t last long… Gotta catch it on the fly…

Moleskine Sketches I

Started sketching in a small Moleskine originally intended for jotting random thoughts.  Never jotted any, so started sketching in it, exclusively in pen, hoping to encourage more risks by making more mistakes.

Started sketching in the doctor’s waiting room…

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Went to get a flu shot…

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Sketched at the Smart Car center while waiting for my car to get its own flu shot…

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Sketched once I got to school…

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Sketched whatever was in the room…

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Stopped to sketch while out on a walk…

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Sketched from photos taken while walking…

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Used graphite on this next one to add some tonal variety…

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Sketched again back at the Smart center…

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Turned out my car had more than the flu.  After eight wonderful years, wound up trading it in for a new all-electric Smart car…

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I gave the new car a good-luck kick before signing on the dotted line….

Early October Sketches

Started out the month sketching simple things at work, whatever was around me…

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Then started drawing from photographs I’d taken around the city…

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Also tried an exercise from an art book I’m reading.  It said to draw with pen alone, no pencil at first; to allow for mistakes; to work fast, carelessly; to capture the gesture and mood and feel of things.  I’ve been practicing with a black Paper-mate felt-tip pen on recycled copy paper.

As usual, started out sketching whatever was around me…

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Also sketched from photos taken on my urban walks…

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Sketched out directions for feeding the dog…

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For posterity sake, sketched the view from our seats for the last SF Giants game of the 2016 post-season…

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If they’re gonna lose so miserably, better to watch from home, curled up so no one can see you cry…

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More September Sketches

Successfully sketched every day this month.  Early in the month, sketched two or three pages a night, making shapes and shading them.  Over the past week, sketched one page each day.

FRIDAY

A friend emailed a group selfie from his family trip in Sicily.  Loved the classic background and their happy faces.  Just had to sketch it.

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SATURDAY

Sat in the bath and looked long and hard at the faucet and the shower nozzle, at the bed frame and bandanna-covered lamp.  Started to imagine the scene on the page, how it divides into thirds.   That’s me in the tub on the far right, in the bedroom closet’s mirror reflection.

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SUNDAY

My office desk was a mess, as usual.  Had a choice:  Could either clean it up or sketch it.  It’s still a mess.

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MONDAY

Was late, hadn’t drawn all day.  Just about ready to crash, forced myself to draw something — anything.  Then these pens caught my eye, sprouting from the mug like the chopped stalks of a strange garden plant.

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TUESDAY

Parked outside this barber shop before picking up my son from school.  Did a quick sketch, then followed up with a photograph.  Early the next morning, before dropping off my son at school, left an anonymous copy at the barber shop.

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WEDNESDAY

Saw this crow in the supermarket parking lot.  Loved its defiance, its standing boldly on the wires meant to keep the birds off the lamp.  Snapped a quick photo with my phone, then sketched from that at home.

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THURSDAY

When I first thought of sketching stuff, I thought of sketching old Victorian buildings here in San Francisco.  I just love looking at them.  Had a few minutes before an appointment, so scratched this out in pencil, then finished up at home with a photo.

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This has been too much fun!  Can’t wait to start sketching October.

 

September Sketches

Got really committed to drawing this month.  Started watching Alphonso Dunn’s excellent art tutorials on You Tube.  Then just started sketching stuff — stuff around the house, mostly stuff in view from the couch:

Looking up…

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to the right…

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to the left…

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Then started sketching stuff at work:

Looking up…

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to the right…

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to the left…

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Then started sketching outside stuff:

Mission & Cortland in Bernal Heights…

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Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park…

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The yellow tinge comes from my scanner…

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Sometimes it happens, sometimes not…

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At first, everything was sketched with a plain mechanical pencil.  Then I got some archival-ink pens…

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I love how the ink makes things pop.  Some shading stays in pencil…

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I can also print things out and add color:

My son’s middle school in crayon…

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Dolores Park, too…

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I like drawing.  It clears my head of words.  It centers me in whatever I’m sketching.  I move my hand in rhythm to my breath, follow my heart, and ignore that little voice in my head that says I can’t draw.  When I can’t ignore it, I just agree, then go on drawing one breath after another.