Friday, March 10, 2017

Day 5: Challenge Completed!

It's a wrap. Started out with sketches after breakfast at the office cafe.

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Continued through the messy commuter hour.

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Ended with the grooves of Open Mic Night at Hub's Cafe.

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Thanks Marc and Liz for this fantastic challenge!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Day 4: The Challenge Continues

Switched to a Stillman & Birn sketchbook as I ran out of pages in the Bee Pen Sketcher's book I was using before.

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Just 23 to go!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Day 3: Sketching in Honor of International Women's Day

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For today's installment of the #OneWeek100People2017 challenge, I sketched women, in celebration of International Women's Day.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Day 2: The Cast of Characters on My Evening Commute

I've now completed 52 sketches for #OneWeek100People2017! Drawing people makes you notice the characters all around you.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

First Day of the Challenge: 25 Done, 75 to Go!

Today's haul: 25 sketches done in the #OneWeek100People2017 challenge! Lots of commuters on (or awaiting) various modes of transport: train, bus, light rail.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sharpen Your Pencils: #OneWeek100People2017 Starts Tomorrow!

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Move over Inktober. Here comes a mad March challenge from Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel: Draw 100 people in one week! That's ~20 people a day, starting ... tomorrow!

I warmed up yesterday by playing with my latest digital toy: the Adonit Pixel stylus on my iPad Air 2, using the app Adobe Sketch. I find Adobe Sketch to be more intuitive than Procreate, possibly because I'm familiar with Photoshop, and the stylus seems to play well with it.

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Want to join? Find some people. Sketch. Share on social media with the hashtag #OneWeek100People2017. I'll be posting here, on Instagam, and elsewhere.

Mark Your Calendars: Los Gatos Plein Air 2017

I'm delighted to have been juried into this year's Los Gatos Plein Air event. More than 30 invited artists will be painting in and around Los Gatos, California, from June 13-16, with a public sale and festival on Saturday, June 17. I'm excited and more than a little nervous to be in the company of such artists as Donald Neff, Mark Monsarrat, Marti Walker, and Suzi Long!

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In past years, artists have generally been allowed to paint within a 15-mile radius of Los Gatos, so I've been using some mapping tools to see what's in the area. Last Sunday I walked around downtown Los Gatos, and this weekend I hiked in Almaden Quicksilver County Park, which has some great views of the surrounding hills. I'm excited to figure out my "shot list" of what I'll paint over the four days of the event.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Launch Party: Urban Sketchers 10x10 Bay Area

Last weekend, the skies cleared just in time for the Urban Sketchers 10x10 Bay Area launch event. We started off with a quick sketch at Mission Bay with the SF Sketchers (who were celebrating their 5th anniversary).

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Then it was on to Arch Art & Drafting Supply, where we noshed on finger foods, shopped, and heard from the workshop instructors. We ended the day at Thee Parkside, where we sketched over drinks and a late lunch.

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There are still spots left in the workshops -- learn more and sign up.

Sketching in the Margins

It's been raining a lot here in California this winter, so we outdoor sketchers do what we can. We sketch indoors, even from television if necessary.

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And sometimes there is a break in the clouds, so we take advantage of it. Even on a weekday, on the way to work.

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