It's time I put something on the blog. I have been drawing frantically but shhhhhh right now it's still under wraps.
I punctured a tire recently and had to get it fixed. While I was waiting for my car to be serviced and, as it turns out, washed inside and out (woo-hoo, Hackettstown Honda!), I drew, well, the chair in front of me in the waiting room. Because there is ALWAYS something to draw.
I got a few minutes of sketching during the annual Picklefest held at my friend Keith's. The house was never this yellow, nor was it a one-car garage, but drawing in pen and watercolor is pretty unmerciful like that.
Pigma Micron 05 + watercolor with my new Pentel Aquash.
It took a little less than a week for the group to form, from the moment I heard from Lapin. I was not going to pass up an opportunity to sketch with him, and that seemed like a great excuse to round up some other major talents that I have admired for the past few years: Amanda Kavanagh and Stephen Gardner. Drawing by their side on the sidewalks of Ditmas Park in Brooklyn was a dream come true, no less. This was our last stop: a barber shop on Cortelyou Rd. The barber himself came out to offer us chairs so we could sketch comfortably.
It is starting to feel like the end of the school year. My AP students are finishing their journals, and I drew in one of them. I can't believe another batch of them are graduating soon, leaving me with the hope that they have learned at least as much as I have taught them.
Pigma Micron 05 and watercolor in yellow-ish journal.
Our backyard this afternoon. It's about time I have drawn it -- as it sat in a state of renovation for the past couple of summers. Tom built us a garage, a pergola and a back porch -- and now there is talk of an outdoor fireplace.
I have been driving home from work through farm country for the past five years and have wanted to draw some landscape. Not quite, though, because landscapes bore me to tears -- so rather, some farms. I drive by horse farms that I wish I could do justice. Here is the first one I did. It's a little busy, so I have to learn to refrain from overdoing the drawing.
The Lada Niva, y'all. I might have taken a bit of artistic liberty by coloring it orange, since this model came (at least when my uncle bought one, in the early nineties) only in two colors: red or white. I've always loved the design of that 4x4 and how unapologetically huge it looked on the roads in France when I was a kid. Still love it. Wonder if it comes with bluetooth now.
Pigma Micron 08 (which kept leaking) and watercolor in my new watercolor Moleskine.