Diamonds in the Rough

Sketching on the Washington Metro is fraught with unpredictability, manifested in many ways in such a dynamic setting. On a particular page in my sketchbook, I might end up with just a few lines of an individual before they move or get blocked, or simply find that a quick rendering of a body part is just not working out right. However, on pages like this, there eventually is that diamond in the rough; the one eyebrow or hand or elbow that I feel that I did a good job of rendering. Such was the case on this page; not much developing until I found some open space on the top right of the page and a nice set of crossed legs across the aisle, which made for my saving grace of the page.

A Pleasant Result

When I begin sketching somebody on the train, I never know what will result. The person may be still for a minute or two, or if I’m lucky, for many minutes more, resulting in anything from a few lines to a full rendering. I started sketching this gentleman rather leisurely, not knowing what the expect, but he graced me with a relatively still pose for quite a while, and the result was one I am quite happy with.

Delaware Beach Vacation Sketches

Here are some sketches from a recent quick trip to the beaches of the Delaware Shore. Though I was there just for some sun, sand, surf, and family fun, I did manage to do a few quick sketches. The first sketch is of the Atlantic View Hotel in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Located between the flashier beach towns of Bethany and Rehoboth, Dewey is smaller and quieter, and the Atlantic View, which was clean, quaint, and very friendly, is right on the beach and has everything you need to enjoy a true beach vacation. The second sketch is from the DogfishHead Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, where if you love great craft beer, you absolutely must visit. The third sketch was done by my kids to keep them busy while I enjoyed the beers in the second sketch.

The Georgetowner

Washington DC is not generally known as a fashionable city, but the high-level government and legal jobs here, as well as the spotlight socialites, do demand sophistication in wardrobe. When Washingtonians get fashion right, it’s an impressive sight, but when they get it wrong, it’s usually a disaster, and nobody gets it wrong more than the Georgetowners. Granted, Georgetowners are rather nice people, but the moneyed-up and tony neighborhood, home to lobbyists, pundits, and societal elites, has a strange penchant for matching the likes of plaid golf shorts to buttoned-up shirts, pink embellishments, and casual footwear like boat shoes and flip-flops. I saw one such specimen, whom had obviously escaped the wilds of Georgetown, on the prowl in the slightly hipper West End/DuPont Cirlce area, and I just had to draw him.

Post #100

For my 100th post, I wanted to do something a little ceremonial. Originally, I was thinking about some fancy digital “100” logo, but this is a blog about sketching and sketchbooks, where I prefer to leave fancy and digital out of the picture. What does factor into the picture, though, is Washington, DC, where I do pretty much all of my daily sketching, so it was only fitting that for my 100th post, I would honor this rather interesting and inspiring city by showing this sketch I had done recently of the US Capital Building, drawn from the roof of the nearby Newseum on a typically hot, hazy, and humid Washingtonian summer day.

Catch-up Sketches…

I haven’t posted in weeks as I’ve been involved on a large production project. Coupled with the Tour de France, summertime fun, family, and now the Olympics (cycling), I pretty much checked-out for a little while to take a much-needed break. Of course, my pen didn’t stop moving and I finished-up my latest 4×6 sketchbook. Here are some catchup sketches, and there’s more on the way.