With coffee and a pen…

The Illustration Friday theme is “people,”  and I’ve been trying to sketch a few whenever I go to one of the local coffee places.  (Hopefully I’m not *too* obvious about it!) These are all Vision Exact black micro point in a Strathmore toned (gray) art journal.



It’s all relative

Big tree

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “small.”  Sitting on the porch, watching a crew of guys take down an enormous tree in the yard across the street, that’s how I felt…

It was a pretty amazing show, and took most of the day.  When the trucks finally left, only a few small leaves were left on the sidewalk to show what had happened.

Strathmore toned paper sketchbook and Vision Exact pen.

A window onto the city

Thanks to my friend Karen, I finally found the local Urban Sketchers group.  I was excited (and a bit nervous) to join them for the first time earlier this month, when they headed out to draw in the old warehouse district.  As I’m not generally a landscape artist, I spent quite a bit of time drawing one of the other sketchers, but toward the end I finally got in the spirit of things and inked the (very unusual) view of the skyline.


(The Illustration Friday theme this week, by the way, is “window.”)

Thanks to the Urban Sketchers, I heard about an Urn Show this past weekend at historic Oakwood Cemetery.  Despite a heavy rain, I went to sketch a bit, and found myself in a mausoleum packed with people (more alive than not, for the show) and an array of gorgeous urns of every type.  There were ceramic urns, polished wood urns, a leather urn, and some that appeared to be made of cloth.  It was a bit difficult to sketch, partly because it was so crowded, partly because people were constantly moving, and partly because I was a little freaked about the location, but I managed to do a couple of quick pictures.


The guy on the right, Bill Wallace, is a fabulous artisan who works with wood.  He had a lathe at the show, and was demonstrating some of his wood working techniques to the admiring crowd.

These pictures are all ink (Vision Exact) on Strathmore gray toned paper.  I drew on site, and added Faber-Castell colored pencil later.


The Illustration Friday theme is “outside,” and right outside my front door daffodils are blooming.

Daffodills 3

There are lots of ducks and geese at the pond at the little neighborhood park.  Last week we saw a great blue heron by the edge of the water, which was pretty amazing. Sometimes the geese will “pose,” but most of the time I find myself watching the little kids at the park.  They’re *so* delighted by the geese and ducks! Outside 1

I’m looking forward to seeing the baby geese and ducklings. They should be showing up any day now…

Both pictures were drawn with a Uniball Vision Exact (best pen *ever*) in a Strathmore bound  5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook with toned paper.  (The paper’s grey; I don’t know why it always scans as tan.) The color in the top picture is courtesy of Nouvel Carre pastels.

Lazy, hazy days

The Illustration Friday theme this week is summer, so I dug up a watercolor journal page (Canson Montval)  from a hot July a few years back:

Summer 1

And then I realized the last of the gardenias were blooming in the garden, and that I’d never tried using watercolors overlaid with colored pencil in my nice new Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook:

Summer 2

And *then* I took a walk around the neighborhood and spent part of the afternoon  — how could I not? — drawing this summer sight (Slicci pen and Faber Castell colored pencils in a Canson Field Drawing book):

Crow 2

Isn’t that a *wonderful* scarecrow?  The owner told me she made it from dollar store odds and ends — and that she named it, of course, Sheryl Crow!