Here’s some progress on a little sketchbook drawing that I’ve been adding to every morning before work. The whole idea is to play purely with color and color schemes – in this case; blue, orange, and gray – and to avoid the visual crutch that is the black outline.
For some reason, I’ve been wanting to draw an old-timey race car. It’s just an image that popped into my head, and also a reason to again draw purely with color, particularly with a blue/orange/white/grey color combo. Like the previous drawing, this will be an ongoing morning warmup drawing to play with before heading on to client projects.
Finished this sketchbook drawing. While primarily using it as an ongoing morning warmup and coffee break drawing, there are some reasons behind it:
– it’s inspired by a trip to a quaint (and touristy) West Virginian town in the Shenandoah foothills along the Potomac River. The snow capped mountains in the background are just because I love mountains.
– I wanted to draw without using black outlines, which have been a visual crutch of mine, instead focusing on drawing purely in color, and completely filling the page with rich, juicy color.
– It gave me a reason to buy and use Stabilo Fineliner markers.
Here’s some progress I’m making with an ongoing morning warmup drawing in my little sketchbook. Every morning, before turning to client, studio, and business projects, I add to this little by little as a way to get the hand and brain moving.
Oh yeah; haven’t posted in over a year. It’s been that busy, but in a good way. Going to be coming back little by little.
Here’s a building that I was sketching in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. I was sketching this the way I’d been doing all of my lunchtime sketches up to this point; straight from pen to paper; no pencils and no erasers, just skill and visual analyzation. Of course, Georgetown has some pretty complex structures, and this one got the better of me. After rendering the window on the left much larger than the one on the right, I had just gotten it too wrong to continue. Not a big loss; it’s only a four dollar sketchbook, and I wasn’t too excited about the building to begin with. Yet, it was a sign that I needed to up my “urban sketching” game, and start bringing in some quick pre-pencil sketching prior to laying down ink.
Lot’s of client and project work coming up in the next two weeks; see you all in February, and don’t forget to start following the 2015 pro cycling season, which begins at the end of January at the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia and the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.
Here’s the progress of an imagined industrial cityscape drawing that I’ve been working on in my spare time. Of course, as a family guy, working stiff, erstwhile cyclist, and somebody whom does a whole lot of laundry and housework, my spare time usually translates to something like “maybe I’ll have an hour this week…” This drawing is taking shape in a 5″ x 8″ sketchbook, and will be done…well…eventually.
Earlier this week, I posted a somewhat refined “urban sketch” of a Vespa scooter. As I had been taking increasing note of all of the scooters on the sidewalks of Washington, DC, I decided to grab my “Ugly Sketchbook”, and spend some time during a lunchtime stroll letting my pen run loose and free as I studied what the details of a scooter really are, and what it would take to sketch one.