Anthony Zierhut

Storyboard artist and animatic artist for feature films


Glendale California


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.

Car wash sketches


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:



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 was from earlier this afternoon.  I started a new sketchbook!  So there’s new enthusiasm that goes along with it.

Sketches from graduations

My daughter and son both graduated on the same day last week, from middle school and high school respectively.  As we sat in the heat of the field along with hundreds of other parents, I sketched the man in front of me, who had a great face:

… and then I sketched the building itself:

Everything went off well.  It’s a new era for both of them!

Local entertainer

This was drawn at the Italian restaurant up the street while I was waiting to pick up our order. He was very good. I wish it were more common to employ live music at restaurants; it adds great atmosphere.

Waiting room…

This is a strange composition. I was getting ready for a safety-oriented class to maintain my union status for the live-action Art Department guild. I looked up and this is what I saw, one guy sitting against the wall and the other guys in the shadows beyond. It occurred to me that I do a lot of sketching while waiting for something. On the one hand I think that’s probably good: making use of the time, celebrating even the most ordinary moments; on the other hand it makes for a lot of sketches of people waiting around. Not sure what that all means. Might make for an interesting series, seeing them all together, if it doesn’t put people to sleep I suppose. Ha.

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