Archive for May, 2017

Sketches From a Folklife Weekend

Well, It’s that time of year again and I’ve been having a ball with my annual Folklife sketching marathon! (this year with Instagram) I’m not sure If this has been my best year or not, a combination of being late twice in a row due to unforeseen scheduling hiccups and rushing things a bit because I wanted to finish this sketchbook by the end of the day, I don’t think I ever really got into my zone.

So anyway here’s what I have so far, (the good stuff anyway… as I mentioned before half of it was garbage.) I think as always, my favorite stuff where a lot of the little-nonscheduled bands who were playing on the side of the road and the drum circle… as well as something I never thought I’d see, a Japanese Klezmer band (Jinta La Mvda) enjoy!

Another Night at Dune – The Vegetarian Option

Much to my embarrassment, I’m lousy at thinking up ideas in advance for a lot of these drawing groups, so I find myself wasting as much as hour desperately brainstorming when I finally get there. Fortunately, at the last month’s DUNE, one of the organizer’s, David Laskey, presented a suggested theme for the night consisting of comics based on Cafe Racer’s collection of very bad art. Based on this suggestion I chose three paintings. One of dogs playing pool, one of a lobster, and finally one of a girl with pigtails sitting at a table. From there I had an idea for a fiasco at a restaurant where the vegetarian option was the only good one.

For Last night's dune I did a comic page where the vegetarian option was really the only option.

Zoo Sketches With Leo

With Spring finally acting the part and my being farther ahead on my required office work, I decided to treat my Sunday afternoon like a weekend  and go to the Woodland Park Zoo to sketch. I normally don’t expect much out of going to the zoo on a weekend because of the crowds. (and honestly I’m still looking for the perfect sweet spot for quiet times that don’t intefere with actual work time.) This Sunday, for reasons I’m not sure about but I assume it was due to Mothers Day, was especially crowded. Because of this when, I arrived at my favorite spots the animals were either out of their usual spots or too active to draw. Because of this I spent my first hour an a half wandering and beyond a rather cute sketch of a sleeping wallaroo didn’t get anything better than basic “pushups”

I finally did a second loop by the gorilla’s expecting nothing only to find that my second favorite model, Leonel. (sorry Leo, I still think Pete has more gravitas) Sitting in a very nice pose. I got a really good sketch of him before he got up and left. I’m not completely happy with his mouth and he’s got a much better chin than the one I gave him, but otherwise I think this is one of the better ones I’ve done in a while.

A quick sketch from the woodland park zoo of Leonel chilling out

Fairy Tale Sketch Challenge Day Thirty One – The Bremen Town Musicians.

I Finished my April Fairy Tale Sketch Challenge with the Bremen Town Musicians!Technically I finished the sketch challenge yesterday. but here’s the thing. I do these sketches on 8.5 & ll sheets of bristol board and I do two sketches a sheet. Since I was left with one last sheet of bristol board with only one sketch I finished the month of April on May 1st to make a baker’s dozens. (for anyone who points out that there were only thirty days in April, and thus an even number, I had this same problem for my last Inktober sketch challenge and started this challenge on the last page of my last Inktober challenge.) So anyway. here’s the last sketch of my April Challenge, The Bremen Town Musicians.

<a href=””>The Bremen Town Musicians</a> is a fun one. It’s also one of those ones where there’s really only one image to do that will tell us all we need to know about the story. This doesn’t sound like much of a challenge, but then it hit me, why would this seemingly ridiculous scene of the stack of animals scare the robbers? After that, it occurred to me I’d never seen a version of the image that was from the robbers’ point of view.

Having that smashing through my window in the middle of the night, with the right lighting would certainly frighten me.