Saturday, August 29, 2009


I've been trying to go to a new place with the live sketching: not just to draw the people or whatever, but to see them as characters. To connect the sketching I've been doing back to the idea of storytelling. These were done today at Chelsea Market... they're not exactly storybook characters yet, but they are a little further from the kind of watercolor people-sketching I've been doing.

Latest airport sketches

These people were real.

These were not:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monsters of the air

We've all done our share of airport sketches. Some people make entire books about the stuff you can see from terminal windows.

But once you take off, it's all sensory deprivation. James Jean has done some dandy in-flight drawings (if you haven't seen them in his sketchbooks, go this instant and look at them... his site, annoyingly, doesn't let you link to individual pages, so go to 'sketches', then look at the '2008 Mole A' drawings. If you love art, it'll make you dance around the room; if you make art, it'll make you want to hang yourself). Yes, I'll wait here 'til you're done.


Awesome, no?

Anyhow, I had a different strategy for my August travels: headphones, iPod, monsters.

Seatmates a little freaked out.

Airport sketches

Did some traveling over the last week or so. Sketches from the airports in Kansas City, Cleveland and New York. Moleskine has some subway sketches, too...

At some point recently, I made the decision to start including some upper bodies in these studies. Any more than that is often hard to see, especially on the subway, but I think it's helping differentiate the way each of the subjects sits on the page.

Fresh from the Laundromat

Drew these this afternoon on 7th Avenue in front of the laundromat. Laundry and grocery shopping have become two of my prime sketching times...