Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MFA Sketches

More sketches from the life drawing at the MFA.

The second face from the left is the model; the rest are other folks that were also drawing.

Monday, January 13, 2014

"Train Guy"

A sketch of a person I saw on the platform at Ashmont station, waiting for the next train.

He was first leaning against a pillar and made this cascade of strong horizontals that caught my eye.

Nominally, he was dressed in: boots, jeans, a t-shirt, a pea coat, a knit cap, sunglasses and a scarf - a list of items other men were wearing on the train as well, almost exactly - but his presentation was extremely different and unique.

I was not surprised to see him on the train later reading an issue of Vogue; he put together his outfit rather deliberately.

This kind of casual, everyday character design is impressive to me.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

MFA Sketches

I don't know if this is a new program or not, but I attended one of the weekly life drawing sessions that the MFA now hosts on Wednesday evenings. It was really great!

Some two minute sketches:

Then, as tends to happen for me, I was bored of the model and started drawing a couple of the other artists around:

These are shown in the order made: this guy sitting right next to me was very intensely focused and slumped forward, and then a few seats from him was a woman with incredible posture. Then I drew the model's face. Then lower I started to sketch an older woman who stayed bundled up the whole time like she was still outside.

The event was awesome, but yeah, the actual seating isn't so hot. People had nowhere to put their drawing as they worked, and you had these flimsy little foldout seats - so there was a lot of slouching and slumping and odd body language from the artists.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


~30 min sketch; made during Thanksgiving at a friend's, while waiting for dinner.

This little old grandma Shih Tzu was there being cute and quiet the whole night; I don't usually like this breed, because I associate them with yappy toy breeds, but she was a very sweet dog.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Just took in a new cat at home; feline politics is tricky business!

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Couldn't sleep - pushing pixels against insomnia!


Picked one of those previous face sketches to continue a little further, digitally: