Anthony Zierhut

Storyboard artist and animatic artist for feature films



Quick sketch in the heat


I did this day before yesterday around noon – it must have been 103 degrees out. I swear I could see the watercolor drying on the page. The paper buckled more than usualĀ from the quick dry action I think. This is the inside of the front gate at work.

Last sketch of my old car

Last Saturday I donated my 1995 Ford Escort to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We scheduled a pick up and just before the appointed time I figured I’d take the opportunity to sketch my old mechanical companion one last time. I did the line work rapidly, as I had only about ten minutes before the appointed time; but the driver was late, so I spent more time on the watercolor than usual. Fourteen years and 100,000 miles! It stranded me once or twice, but was a good car overall.


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.

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