Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Redux Artist Challenge "el Santo" Sketch

Every year the Kirkland Arts Center holds an Artshow and Artist Challenge to raise money. KAC is an awesome local arts center for all ages and am proud to be part of this organization for the last 3 years! This years artist challenge is "Popart" and the winner gets $1000 and all pieces are donated for the auction that they have in September. So its a win win for me I get my art out there and I get to paint!
So this is the initial sketch on canvas with my marker comp to work out the composition and colors. Enjoy~

Monday, July 25, 2011

Journey Continues...

With the addition of my new Pilot Brush Pen i've really been on a roll. It really feels good to put color on paper. I hope to keep it up and not slack off, I have a competition Im entering in October and I need to get working on the piece. I'll post some pictures of my progress.
But for now here is another on of my brush exercise, this is from a photo of Venice in 2007, I took a plethora of photos. This took me 20 mins or so from pen to paint. Im trying not to over work my sketches and just lay down color as I feel it. Enjoy~

Friday, July 22, 2011

Urban Sketches - Lisbon

I came across this great group on the net called "Urban Sketchers" There are groups all over the world that go and sketch around their town or cities. These are some pictures I drew from in Lisbon, I hope to catch up with the Seattle chapter. Check them out @

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pen and ink sketching - Part 2

I finally received my new brush pen with permanent ink, my other brush pen only have water soluble inks. I do like this new Pentek from Japan. These few sketches are just figuring out which paper I like better to ink and paint with. Im liking the Hot Press paper for the way the ink lays on the paper. Hot press paper takes watercolor a bit different from Cold Press, the watercolor isn't absorbed into the paper but stays on top of the surface for nice effects. And last but not least are 2 pages from my Moleskine sketchbook using my Sumi Brush pen. Enjoy~

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pen and ink sketching - Part 1

Working on some pen and ink watercolor sketches. I just used a sharpie to draw the line quickly without really thinking and just letting it flow. Almost like a contour drawing, been drawing a lot in my Moleskine sketchbook with a brush pen to become quicker in the field.