Cooking with style…

Cooking with style

… and with roller skates! Note: don’t try this at home, she’s a trained professional. (Also note: there may or may not be a glass of champagne involved. Very advanced technique.)

Jack, J.J., Tanner, Seth

At our dining room table a few minutes ago. From left to right: Our son, our cat, our nephew, our son’s best friend. Jack and Seth are locked in battle on their laptops playing Dota 2.

I drew Jack as Jack drew me

Last night my son came by my studio / man-cave (as my wife calls it) and asked if he could draw me. So I took the opportunity of drawing him as he did that.  Just for fun I looked back on this blog to see how many times I’ve drawn him drawing – here’s the result: here in 2010, here in 2009, here in 2008, here in 2007, here in 2006 (although that sketch is actually from 2002, I just posted it in 2006) and here in 2005. It’s funny to see him growing up in the sketches! That guy loves to draw.

Telling a story

Sometimes we just sit at the end of the table and talk.

Merry Christmas!

I sketched these flowers this morning after I noticed that one of them bloomed over night. I used a black Listo Marking Pencil – ancient technology for a “marks on anything” kind of grease pencil, sort of the Sharpie from the 1920s. It’s waterproof so it works great with watercolor. Anyway, happy holidays! My new year’s resolution is to post more often :)

Ball point pen and watercolor


Having fun with a simple ball point pen and some watercolor washes. There’s something fun about the humble Bic medium point – the ink is waterproof and the pen is so familiar that I can concentrate on drawing and not have to think about the pen. I think I started using one of these in third grade. My son introduced me to the Uniball Signo white ink pen – also a lot of fun.

Friday lunch sketches

Every Friday at lunch time I’ve been making it a goal to get together with other artists and sketch around the campus at work. Steve MacLeod organized it, so I’m basically following his lead. A good excuse to talk and draw. These represent three weeks worth of sketching. I usually only have time to do one before time runs out and we have to grab a bite to eat, then back to work!

Camping 2013 #2

Our campsite – Joan’s Ford Flex in front of our tent.

The back of the Flex served as the pantry – as always…

This one tree above our campsite caught my attention. My son – now 19 – pointed out that he always liked the shape of the top of it, and imagined, as a small child, that it looked just like a robot. Naturally Joan had a different take on what it might be…

This is from the inside of the local pub. They have an amazing selection of beers, and always something really interesting and amazing on tap (for me that means hoppy).  It’s fun going to the same campsite every year for 13 or more years now. We’ve gotten to know a few of the locals pretty well. This is our friend Tracy’s dog. He’s the local tree man and an amazing musician. As I drew this another local – a man a few years older than me – came around to see what I was doing. Turns out he, like me, was an Art Center graduate (he from the mid-1960s, me from the mid-1980s). It was fun to talk to him about storyboarding and the advertising business. He’s retired now and living in beautiful Big Sur!

Camping 2013 #1

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We all just got back from our annual camping trip (well, last week anyway) in Big Sur. Here are a few of the sketches I did while we were there. It was a wonderful and relaxing time as always, and our friends at the Big Sur Campgrounds & Cabins were simply awesome, as always.  More to come!

Cushions on the couch

Having a little artsy fun with pencil and sepia watercolor.




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