February, 2013 Archives

photoman & succulents

Headed out to Garfield Park to meet up with a dozen artists from the Urban Sketchers Chicago crowd. Brought along a cluster of colored Pitt Pens but mostly went with the b/w monochrome. You’ll see evidence of fountain pen there as well (Visconti Rembrandt w/ Platinum Carbon ink).

The East Wing of the Main Hall.

Mexican Horn Cone

Oscar Joyo sketching on CTA Green Line

Little Red Slippers

Glad to see him go, but I’m sure there will be more of the same.

Dorothy und Papa

Ja, Das Pope

So as our little Pope strolls into the amber light, we wait excitedly to see the fashion distinctions of the next Hoy See. Drawn with reverence in a used Boorum & Pease Co.  ledger book from 1980 with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens.


Thumbnail nude

Labored over an illustrating gig, got back in court to sketch at a murder trial, and drawing out and about both solo and with friends. No change in materials though the smaller drawings are in a Pentalic book w/ unlined, ivory colored paper. Has some bleed thru traits so I probably won’t use one of these again once I finish with it. Not being able to draw on both sides checks the number of spreads I’ll do and means I don’t get full use out of one. I do like how they’re bound and the cover’s nice but they have a touch too deep of a gutter. Fountain pen inks wanna seep thru the page. The drawings on toned paper, which I favor when drawing in court, are in a Utrecht sketchbook.

J. Mendez J. Vouga

The fellow in the green shirt, a witness at a murder trial, the guy who discovered the body of the victim, was getting a rough going over from the defense attorney.

cross examined witness

fauxhawk on the job


bright overhead

Threw in some life drawings from the old haunt, the Palette & Chisel, from Feb & Jan. Heading off to Texas later this month while I’ll try to run down some life drawing venues there, not to mention some of that awesome central Texas BBQ. Maybe I can find some bar-b-que slathered nudes to draw while I’m at it.

male nude 1 nude male 2 12 minute nude 25 min drawing trio

Oh and uhm, here’s a recent sketch for an illustration job I just finished just to show folks I do, once in a blue moon, pick up a pencil and noodle around with them.

pencil sketch

Ran about from one cafe to the next over the last 2 days sketching the imbibers. I realized I have been scanning the drawings in at low res so I upped the dpi so you can feel and see the paper’s tooth. I like being able to pick up on the texture of other’s drawings so… Plus, since some of the sketchbooks I’m using soften the edge and bite of the mark, it was necessary to read the character of the interplay between tool and ground. At 75 dpi the marks were looking a bit flaccid.  Sketching in public, great way to waste a day.


Al drawings done on Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook with Pitt Artist Pens.


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