Friday, November 14, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

sketchcrawl 20: the mission /noe valley, sf

Saturday, Oct 25th was worldwide sketchcrawl 20. Here are some of the sights from San Francisco, including highlights from the Noe Valley Harvest Festival. Click on the images to see them larger.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

gallery nucleus

Opening this weekend at Gallery Nucleus: Endless Reflections - Commemorating 20 Years of Sandman Art, featuring two of my pieces and works by over 30 other artists.

If you're in the LA area, stop by!

Endless Reflections
October 4, 2008 – October 20, 2008
Opening Reception October 4, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 458 - 7482

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


The abandoned tractor in its skeletal shed in the field just past the garden and the chicken run across the bridge from the willow tree. Click to see larger.

Monday, June 23, 2008

sketchcrawl 19: fort point

Saturday, June 21st was worldwide sketchcrawl 19. The San Francisco group met at Fort Point and Crissy Field. I got there a bit late and didn't draw as much as I wanted to, but I made these. Click to see them larger.

The fort was built in the 1850s to defend the bay against enemy warships. In the 1930s the Golden Gate Bridge was built right over it. The combination of the brick masonry and that giant red arch overhead makes this an amazing architectural space.This view features the lighthouse which dates from 1864.

Here is a quick sketch of one of the upper passageways, several of the cannons on display on the ground floor, and my buddy Justin Chin sketching. The passport-style souvenir stamp can be found at the Warming Hut, down the shore along Crissy Field.

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Monday, June 09, 2008


I spent last weekend at Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, a family camp up in the mountains. This is a view from the beach looking out across the swimming hole to the main lodge complex. There's no lifeguard on duty, kids, so swim at your own risk. Click to see larger.

This fellow camper was kind enough to let me sketch her over breakfast

Friday, May 23, 2008

life drawing

fish head

What was left of the rainbow trout at Saul's

Friday, May 09, 2008

artists warehouse sale

I collaborated with Claire B. Cotts on a few pieces for the annual SF MOMA Artists Gallery warehouse sale. I drew the birds, she pretty much did the rest. The sale goes on May 7- 11, and the art goes for 50% off. Get the bargains while they last.


SF MOMA Warehouse sale

Thursday, April 03, 2008

sketchcrawl 18: hyde street pier, sf

Saturday, March 29th, was worldwide sketchcrawl 18. I met with the local contingent at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Click the images to see them larger.

I headed down the hill to the Hyde Street pier to see the historic ships. It was cold and windy where I caught this view of the stern of the Balclutha, a square-rigger from Glasgow. In the distance you can see both the Transamerica Tower and Ghirardelli Square.

Anyone who didn't pay the $5 to board the ships was missing out. I wish I could have drawn everything but I was having too much fun exploring around. Here are some spot observations from the Balclutha and a view of the Hercules, a steam tug.

Here is a view of the steam engine at the heart of Eureka, a ferry boat, and a father and daughter, below me, listening to the docent explaining how it all worked. I think the old guy was dozing off behind his sunglasses. The lower deck is something of an antique car museum. Here is a 1930 Graham Paige sedan and a sliver of a ford truck.

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  • Wednesday, February 20, 2008


    about 15 minutes or so, while he played.

    Monday, February 04, 2008

    the new yorker's eustace tilley competition

    Two of my pieces won:

    The New Yorker recently ran a contest inviting the public to submit their own interpretations of the magazine's iconic mascot, Eustace Tilley. The original was drawn by Rea Irvin and graced the magazine's first cover in 1925, and the monocled dandy has appeared in some form or another on most every anniversary issue cover since.

    20 winners were chosen from a pool of almost 300 entries. You can see all 20, including both of my submissions on the New Yorker's web site here.

    Check out the contest page on Flickr to see all of the entries. There were many very clever ones and I don't envy the judges.

    You can listen to an interview with the magazine's art director, Francoise Mouly, in which she discusses the contest, the history of the character, and mentions my "blowing bubbles" piece here.

    You can also see my entry "The Springfieldian," - a collaboration with Claire B. Cotts who came up with the basic premise - in The New Yorker magazine itself along with a few of the other winners in the current anniversary issue (Feb. 11th & 18th). So check it out!

    All apologies to Matt Groening and the good people at Gracie Films.

    Friday, January 25, 2008

    sketchcrawl 17: chinatown

    January 19th was sketchcrawl day. I met with the Bay Area sketchcrawlers in Chinatown, SF. It was cold, and I had handwarmers in my pockets, but they don't help much when your hands are out and sketching. Here are some highlights.

    Lanterns hanging over the street at Grant and Clay

    One of the distinctive double dragon lampposts that line the street.

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    Wednesday, January 09, 2008