Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

sketchcrawl 14: chinatown, sf

Last saturday was worldwide sketchcrawl 14. I met with the San Francisco contingent at the Ferry building in SF. We made our way from there to the Filbert Steps and on up to coit tower, and then down through Little Italy to Chinatown.

The best part of the day for me was in Chinatown. My buddy and I sketched scenes through the shop windows and attracted some attention from the passers by and the shopkeepers who kept taking turns to come out and watch us, smiling and expressing approval. These fish were actually kind of late in the day - makes me wonder what took me so long to pull out the watercolors. Next time: more color

View from along the Filbert Steps of this beautiful garden with roses growing around this tree. Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees, there were some spectacular views of the city to be seen from the Steps, which I didn't draw and so you don't get to see. Next time: better reportage

Coit tower, and then off to lunch in Little Italy. Then back around to China Town where I drew some hanging smoked chickens and the shopkeeper as he studied my partner drawing the same scene.

Embarcadero Bart station on the way back.

More to be found in the forums at sketchcrawl.com

And here is Justin Chin's sketch of the same fish and of me painting them.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007


These are some face studies of the singer Bjork along with some doodles out of my head meant to evoke nonspecific but vaguely European folk art motifs. Imeem was sponsoring a Bjork poster design contest for tickets to an upcoming show, and I got as far as this preliminary study which gave me some ideas for an actual poster design, but, alas, time was too short and it fell by the wayside. You can check out the design that won and some of the other entries at imeem