Friday, May 31, 2013

Attempting a car

1940 Studebaker Commander (one of only four according to the owners.)  studebaker in progress

I rarely do these.  I usually leave it to the prodigious, talented professionals.
1940 Studebaker Commander
Tombow markers and Staedtler Pigment Liner in Stillman & Birn Gamma series sketchbook.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mostly done

..but still semi-in-progress sketch from a coffee joint.  Tombow markers, Staedtler pigment liner in Stilman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook.

In progress at buck of stars

Monday, May 27, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Art Students League of Denver

A few weeks ago, I went to my first Art Students League life drawing session.  I've been looking for a long pose session in town, and apparently only the ASL has one. Despite the creaky floors and the crowds, I've managed a few sketches over two sessions.

In any event, here are last time's and today's outcomes, respectively.

First long pose, Art Students League Denver
Conte and pencil on toned Strathmore paper

Art Students League Denver
6B woodless pencil in Stillman and Birn Beta series sketchbook

Art Students League Denver
Gouache in Stillman and Birn Beta series sketchbook

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Colorado State Capitol

I've been biding my time since we moved to Colorado.  The beautiful, golden-domed capitol building has been undergoing renovation for some time.  What that means for me is the dome has been partially covered by scaffolding the entire time we've lived here, which is less than ideal for sketching. Until a few weeks ago.  That's when they covered the entire dome in scaffolding.  Enclosed scaffolding.  Nary a glimpse at the dome within.  I finally figured I might as well get it over with so that, when everything's done (assuming we still live in Denver) I can do a companion sketch with the dome as well.  Fingers crossed.
Colorado State Capitol
Done in my new Stillman and Birn large Alpha sketchbook.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Panoramic at Dazbog Coffee

Yesterday I sketched this pano in Dazbog Coffee on 12th and Speer.  It was pretty quiet so I had an opportunity to work without creeping too many people out.  The frienly barista there, Ara (I think that was her name) loved the sketch and showed the employees at the adjoining tanning salon (the hallway of which can be seen on the far right.)  At the end of the hallway, if you look closely, you might notice a mirror with a tiny little sketcher in it.  That's right, this pano is my "Las Meninas," or perhaps "Arnolfini Wedding portrait."  Or something.

Technical aside: I used a bigger pen on this one, a Staedtler .5, and I think I like the chunkier feel.

Dazbog Coffee, 12th and Speer

Some more Stillman and Birn Sketches

Still loving my Gamma series Stillman and Birn sketchbook.  A few more:

Another sketch in the Denver Public Library:
denver public library western history and genealogy dept

Dining room chair (in the living room).  A late-night session.
chair in my living room

Sketched from the Library, the Denver Skyline. This was a watercolor sketch, but I wasn't too fond of the way it came out, so I put it in grayscale in Photoshop.
Denver Skyline from Library

At the Laughing Latte in LoHi
Laughing Latte, 32nd and Tejon

A bonus Moleskine sketch of the Dan Ostermiller's larger-than-life Scottish Angus Cow and Calf in front of the Denver Art Museum.
"Scottish Angus Cow and Calf," Dan Ostermiller, Denver Art Museum

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mo' markers

More marker sketches from my Stillman & Birn sketchbook.  Can't get enough of either right now.

Denver Public Library
Denver Public Library
This building just demands to be drawn, what with looking like one of those cities you make from blocks as a child.  It's a Michael Graves, but it's not so much kitschy to me as it is just elegantly simple, but still with great details.

Starbucks inside the REI flagship store in LoDo.
Starbucks inside the REI flagship location
Yeah, I didn't even go into the REI.  The building was built in 1901 and overlooks Confluence Park.  A cool space.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A few more marker sketches

It's interesting to do these marker sketches, because I feel I can spend more time laying them out and less time hatching, as the markers take care of the value pretty quickly.  I've been using a Stillman & Birn sketchbook for the first time with these, and so far it's great with wet media like Tombow markers.

Water tower in Federal Heights, Denver
water tower, Federal Heights
This was sketched from inside the car.  It's near a hospital, and apparently this street serves as overflow employee parking, as there were people in scrubs getting in and out of these cars all day.  When I arrived, the sun was out and casting the nice shadow on the base of the tower you see here.  As I began laying in values with the markers, it clouded up and rained, and just about all of the shadows disappeared.  Fortunately I had penciled in the location of the shadow early on, or this would be a pretty dull sketch.


Wooden derrick in the rotunda of the Western History and Genealogy dept, Denver Public Library
Western History and Genealogy Dept rotunda
This space is one floor above the reference area I sketched on Sunday of this week.  I spent almost an hour laying out the derrick in pencil, which is probably the longest I've spent on a preliminary pencil sketch in a long time.  But once that was done, the rest of the sketch seemed to fly by.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

One of these things is not like the other

There's two ways to interpret that title.  One of these sketches is not a coffee shop.  And one of these sketches was done with markers.  Um, that's it.

Ziggi's Coffee, Westminster, CO:
ziggi's coffee, westminster, co

Reference room in the Denver Public Library:
denver public library

Another Starbucks for the pile:
starbucks at federal and 44th

Bonus video: Linda took a short vid of me sketching in the library.
video

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Panorama-rama (and lots of coffee)

From 2 Starbucks and an Einstein Bros, I give you three panoramas on three (almost) consecutive mornings:

Pano #1, Starbucks:
starbucks on federal and 72nd 180°

#2, Einstein Bros:
Einstein Bros Bagels 180° pano

#3, different Starbucks:
Yup, another one

The first two are kind of straightforward panos with vertical verticals.  The third I was also experimenting with a vanishing point below the horizon.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

At the Dentist (fun title, right?)

I'm sorry to those of you who clicked away after reading this.  For those that stayed, it's just waiting rooms y'all.

Linda had a toothache and we went to the dentist, and I drew his office:
at Linda's dentist's office

He referred her to a specialist for a root canal (yikes) so I drew that office the next day.
at the other dentist's office
I was spotted by one of the folks there and before I knew it my book was being passed around to the whole staff.  Linda was the one who really needed the attention though.

BONUS Moleskine sketch:
Went to get my Denver Public Library card at the Woodbury Branch yesterday, and drew this whilst there:
Woodbury Library mezzanine