From a 2000 sketchbook: a page of random doodles, words, ink spots, and a few sketches done on the New York City Metro with sepia-toned fountain pen ink.
And no; I haven’t posted in two weeks. I got swallowed up by life’s general busyness, though I did kept the sketchbook open and the ink flowing. I’ve got some catching up to do, including admiring and commenting on all of the great artwork sitting in my WordPress Reader.
While scoping out new buildings to sketch, I witnessed a couple trying to squeeze a huge SUV into a small parking spot, right in front of a “Car2Go” Smart Car. A frustrated gentleman got out of his hulking vehicle, glanced at the tiny car, and grumbled that it was taking up, like, three spots.
“Forget the building” I though to myself, and drew the car and the quote instead.
Trying something a little different; sketching this lady on the Metro, I gave her face quick swipes with a flesh-colored marker, but intentionally left her hair uncolored.
This drawing, rendered with an extra fine-pointed Mont Blanc Noblisse fountain, was inspired by a job search back in 2000.
This was my second attempt at quickly sketching bicycles. This time around, I took note of little details, such as centering the hubs in the wheel and angling the head tube, though I still got the handlebars a little bit off.
BTW, if you know your bikes, this is a late 80s Raleigh Technium with Shimano 105 parts.
This is the first page of my third and most recent 4×6 sketchbook. As a hardened perfectionist, the goal of this sketchbook was to loosen up my hand, and in turn, loosen up my approach to drawing and sketching. As always, these sketches were done on the Washington, DC Metro.
I don’t know why I drew this picture in regards to the subject matter – it really was just letting my mind wander mentally and visually. I do know why I wanted to draw, though; a Mont Blanc Noblisse fountain pen with an extra-fine point, which I had just acquired and screamed for me to make lots of fine, detailed lines.
I love bicycles, and Washington, DC has no shortage of them. When I step out for my lunchtime stroll, I see bicycles are all over the place, locked to bike racks, trees, traffic signs, etc. I decided to start sketching some of them, and here’s the first attempt; a mid-80s Trek 600 series sport-touring bike. As I found out, drawing the circles for the wheels, correctly catching the frame geometry and angles (especially getting all of the frame tubes to match up as the lines are being drawn), and getting the general perspective of the handlebars and front end of the bike relative to the rest of the is quite a challenge.
I rather like this sketch; it was rendered with a felt-tip pen and some markers on the train, though the effect resembled something more painterly. It’s also the last page in this sketchbook, the second book I went through since I had started drawing and sketching again only 13 months earlier.