Continuing with the theme of cars… This was a moment before going on a recent road trip – getting new tires, alignment and rotation.
This was at a body shop, waiting for an appraisal. I looked over at the Benz on the other side of a glass door, waiting to be picked up or worked on. The custom license plate was an animation term, so I figured it was an animator’s car. Kind of funny.
Cars in the parking lot across from my favorite barber shop…
This was a quick fountain pen sketch made while we were at a Ford dealer, working out the details of buying a new car. I later went back and added some digital color, since I didn’t have time to use the watercolors.
I just now realize that all these sketches were done while waiting for someone or something. Drawing does make the time go by faster. Most of the time I’m disappointed when I have to stop sketching to actually conclude my business. Ha.
I got the old Ford washed over the weekend. I loaded my Noodlers Ahab fountain pen with Lexington Gray ink and did a little sketching.
It’s a little-known fact that in Southern California the hottest month of the year is in fact September. That’s more anecdotal than scientific, but I don’t care, I swear it’s true. It was nice to draw a bit and get my mind off the blistering heat.
I started to draw this man’s wife or girlfriend, but she got up and moved. Oh well…
UPDATE: I did a little color work on these just for fun:
Some sketches from our annual Big Sur camping adventure last month. These are my camping shoes – once, long ago, they were reputable, now they’re so beat up I only take them camping.
One of the many California scrub jays that wait for you to drop something edible.
And this – from a camping dream. It always amazes me the weird dreams I get while camping. I don’t remember much of this except in involved being in some kind of studio and seeing all my drawings, from like my whole life, laid out against the wall in the hallway. I have no idea what that might mean, but in the morning I was compelled to draw it while it was still fresh in my mind…
This is from last night at our local favorite weekly restaurant. They sat by the window (that’s an SUV parked behind them) and never broke eye contact with each other for, I swear, 45 minutes. I got the feeling they’ve been together a long time.
I decided to try a light pencil underdrawing for this one, which I almost never do – as I usually like to draw directly with the fountain pen and just see what happens, but I wanted a slightly more simplified, cartoony technique than usual. ALSO – this is the first sketch I’ve done with my new Noodler’s Ahab fountain pen – what a fantastic pen! Check out this link for more information on the pen – and a fantastically geeked-out video about, well just about everything you’d want to know about the pen and MORE!
This is our cat J.J. — my wife’s favorite cat of all time. He’s unusually affectionate (for a cat) and the two are fairly inseparable. I made a caricature birthday card for her last year featuring J.J. you can see here.
A busker in front of the movie theaters in Burbank, 10:pm on a Friday night. Jack and I sketched him together before going in and seeing “The Dark Knight Rises”. Jack said he was playing sad songs about breaking up with a girl. He played almost entirely with his eyes closed. I gave him two dollars. He had quite a few in his tip box already.
That’s my son drying off in the foreground.