Sunday, November 1, 2015

Goodbye, InkTober!

Original Joes San Jose

Thank goodness the month is over. My daily InkTober drawings often devolved into strange late-night surreal scribblings, as I'd ask M. to give me prompt words. Here are the remaining ones, just to close out this bizarre month:

inktober - bbq island 10-17

inktober - surreal 4

inktober - surreal 5

Alcatraz from Fort Mason

inktober surreal chef

inktober bw faces

inktober mirror sketch

Santa Teresa Farmers Market

Sleeping Michael inktober2

inktober faces

inktober inukshuk

inktober spool doodle

surreal inktober 10-30

surreal inktober 10-31

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Week in InkTober

I've been diligently drawing every day but just hadn't taken time to scan everything until today. So here's the massive catch-up post.

Last night M. and I had dinner at Pho 69 and checked out TechShop in downtown San Jose. In between I sketched the California Theatre, a '20s-era movie palace turned performing arts venue.

Calfornia theater San Jose

The day before, I drew the two trees and distant hills I see every day out our front door. They are tall and totemic and remind me that I am in California.

View out the front door

Finding InkTober subjects on busy weeknights was challenging until M. and I hit upon the idea of using word prompts (from vintage copies of Sunset magazine, found at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park) to inspire me to draw random things and tie them together.

M. thinks teacup-tuna-toilet-paper baby will go viral.


Me, I'm rooting for the Saltine desert.


It's hard to do it without any prompts -- I end up mostly drawing what's in front of me, and at 10 pm it starts with whatever I see in and around the mirrored bedroom closet doors.

Between feet

Last Sunday M. and I rode our bikes at Viva Calle SJ, an open streets event in which miles of San Jose roads were closed to cars. I sketched at the Aztec dance demonstration by Tezkatlipoka Dance Group and then drew the cyclists who had gathered at the information tents at Parque de los Pobladores.

Viva Calle SJ performance

Viva Calle SJ sketch

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Neighborhood Gang

Wild turkeys, San Jose, CA #inktober

They loiter aimlessly and peck and scratch and strut and sometimes even use the crosswalk when crossing the street. And they will not be on your Thanksgiving table.

Friday Night Waltz in Palo Alto

Friday Night Waltz, Palo Alto, CA #inktober

After two hours of high-energy one-step, cha-cha and swing at Friday Night Waltz, I caught my breath long enough to do some quick gestural studies of our fellow dancers as they whirled around the room.

Friday Night Waltz 2, Palo Alto, CA #inktober

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Interior Abstractions

Drawn while sitting on the new sectional in our living room. A gift plant was the inspiration for the first.

Chrysanthemum abstract #inktober

Living room distortion #inktober

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dinner at The Table, in Downtown Willow Glen, San Jose

Patio at The Table, Willow Glen, San Jose, CA #inktober

Delicious green papaya salad to start, farro entree for the main. Not the best vantage point for a sketch, though, and the light was rapidly fading.

In the Mirror

In the mirror #inktober

InkTober is a disciplinarian.

Monday, October 5, 2015

More InkTober Sketches

fast asleep

M. was a ready, if oblivious, subject for yesterday's drawing. I learned that although striped flannel sheets are cozy, drawing them takes a lot of patience.

Abstract in purple #inktober

Today I decided to play around with dip pens, a bamboo pen, a brush and various bottled inks. I used Levenger Regal and Forest, and Noodler's Cayenne.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Live from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco

Free music in Golden Gate Park, good friends to hang out with, Strathmore gray sketchbook, an assortment of pens, my tiny folding stool. Saturday done right.