Monthly Archives: April 2012

The View From My Desk

We’ve got a pretty big problem at work.  Not end-of-the-world big, but big as in this-kind-of-stuff-doesn’t-happen-’round-here-that-often big.  Anyway, as a result, I spent a good bit of my day on the phone at my desk.  Looking around, I figured, hey, what the heck, I should fiddle fart around in my sketchbook.  (Understand that usually I would just doodle on a napkin or something like that, so to actually think to doodle in my sketchbook is PROGRESS!)  Leaning back in my big ol’ comfy chair, I just started drawing what I saw.  I added the color after dinner last night, then inked it during my 30-minute lunch today.  And now… the view from my desk chair at work…

My desk at work. Watercolor & Ink in the Moleskine sketchbook.

Some Girl with Glasses

Another quick lunch break and another monotone painting in the Moleskine sketchbook.  Kinda like these lunch dates being creative.  Starting to relax a little bit now that I’m painting/drawing/sketching most every day.  Less and less anal these days.  🙂

From a picture I found on the web. Watercolor in the Moleskine sketchbook.

Mishima Station Updated

This one took much longer than I thought it would.  Perspective is very technical work.  I much prefer the freedom of a brush and pencil, even a pen if I’m not trying to constrain myself.  It’s just a sketchbook entry, but I’m kind of pleased with the final outcome, and I don’t think I’ll be undertaking something like this on a larger scale.  I simply don’t have the patience for it.  Good thing I’m not an architect or designer, huh?

Here are the results after each of the 3-day lunch sessions, ending just moments ago.

Lots of converging lines into the horizon. End of lunch hour, day 1.

End of lunch, day 2.

The final. Well, maybe.

Mishima Station

I wrote about my mobile studio a couple posts ago, so I thought I’d show you what it looks like.

The black leather back pack, a.k.a my mobile studio, hanging on a hook in my office at work.

Contents of the mobile studio: 3 sketchbooks, 2 2x2 canvasses, 2 watercolor sets, 2 watercolor pencil sets, 1 graphite/charcoal drawing set, various brushes, pencils, and a fine-point Sharpie.

Now, my next sketchbook project…

It’s my first attempt in a while at dealing with perspective.  In 2005 I traveled to Japan for a week, and absolutely fell in love with it.  I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, but I was fascinated with their transportation system.  Trains everywhere.  What I’m attempting to recreate here is from a photo I took at the train station in Mishima .  We’re looking down-track from the platform, the Shinkansen (bullet train) is on the right of the picture, although at this stage its probably difficult to see that.  It’s a thrill to ride, very, very fast.

View from Mishima Station (the beginnings of it, at least): Pen & marker in the Moleskine sketchbook.

I’ll work on it some more during lunch and keep you posted on the progress.

My Boy, the Supee Heewo

Our boys got the urge to draw tonight. I thought I’d join them. Wyatt, our 4-year-old, decided I was going to draw him. He then struck a “Supee Heewo” pose, complete with sword. So this is what it looked like after a few minutes. He’s so funny.


The Buddha

I’ve got a portable studio in a black leather backpack. I only ever wanted it to be a place to hold the sketchbook, a couple pencils, my water brush, and a small watercolor set. The idea was that I could bust out a quick sketch at a moment’s notice. Now, mostly it just sits on a hook in my office at work. And it’s got way more than the original intent…2 full sets of watercolor pencils, 3 Chinese brushes, 2 2×2 canvasses, 2 sketchbooks, a full range of flat and round brushes, sketch & wash pencil, full drawing set, putty eraser, pencil sharpener… uh, I think that’s it. All I need now is an easel!

Anyway, I brought that bag home, intent on doing something over the weekend. I got a chance today while our youngest son was napping. I used a photo of a Buddha I took at the Japanese restaurant last Friday night for reference. Here’s how it went down…


The hardest part... a blank page! My nemesis!

Initial sketch

First washes with watercolor

The final outcome

And then… our little guy woke up, and we ate green apples.  🙂

Sketch & Wash

More lunch work. I’ve got a “Sketch & Wash” graphite pencil, and thought I’d give it a whirl. After brushing the original drawing with a brush and some water, I was somewhat pleased with the results. Then I had to add a bit of color and got all dorked up with it. Not proud, but here’s what happened, in 3 phases.

The original sketch with the "Sketch & Wash" pencil

Phase2, after washing with a brush (paper was wet, can you tell?)

Phase 3: Dorked up with color (should've left it alone). Honestly, it doesn't look that bad in real life.

What’s really bad is that I did this on a sheet of printer paper. It absorbs water like a sheet of plastic! Just horrible. And I know that, too. This started out as a warm-up exercise, and I was going to do this in the sketchbook. Maybe I’ll do that anyway. Maybe not. Who knows. Have a great weekend!