Saturday, July 23, 2011


Figure from Bacchanale by Aimé-Jules Dalou (1838-1902)

Derwent Inktense pencil (Payne's Grey) and wash in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
reference image found here

Sunday, July 17, 2011

the Zebra (finished)

I started sketching this zebra at the Field Museum, quickly ran out of time (Henry had finished his zebra), took a photo of it, and continued work at home.
I wonder how long ago this creature lived? Some of the stuffed specimens at the Field are from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Anyway, as I worked on this I couldn't help but think of what it's life might have been like, and also came to feel that it's pose reflected its anguish at its fate.

Rapidograph pen, brush and ink, Caran d'Ache (Umber) & Derwent water soluble colored pencils in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Flowers from a pot in the front of our house.

Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pen and Winsor & Newton watercolors in Watercolor Moleskine sketchbook

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Tree w/ brush marker

I liked this tree I saw in the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park and tried my hand at drawing it with a Pitt brush marker I recently bought. I like this, but I do think Tombow brush markers allow a finer line.

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist (Brush) Pen on Strathmore Wet Media paper