May 25, 2010

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Alcatraz – San Francisco – Quick Sketch

Below is a quick sketch of Alcatraz as viewed from the Marina Green parking lot from April 2010. This was done after attending the ad:tech conference.

Moleskin and Tombow Mono 100 2B

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May 27, 2009

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Longhair Chihuahua Sketch

Here are some more sketches of our little dog, these were done while I was sitting on the floor and he  was laying on top of my crossed legs, so here I am trying to sketch him and he is trying to go to sleep.

I think these chihuhua sketches came out pretty good given the short time I spent on them.


I am really liking that HB tombow mono 100 pencil, I think it has become my favorite pencil.

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May 19, 2009

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Quick Sketch – Building

The sketch below was done last Wednesday after work, just a quick sketch of the back of our new office building, once again using the tombow mono 100 HB.


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Apr 26, 2009

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Veterans Memorial Hall

Yesterday my sketch attempt turned into a drawing 😉 and I didn’t mind it one bit, as a matter of fact time went by so fast.  I spent about 30mins doing this drawing, the eraser was not used (didn’t have it with me) just tried to figure the angles and then darken the lines and add some more detail.


Materials: Strathmore sketchbook and Tombow Mono 100 HB

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Apr 21, 2009

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Water Tower Sketch

Here is a water tower sketch I did during my lunch hour a week ago. I have seen this water tower for the past couple of years on the way to work, figured it was time to sketch it.


I saw the brick building and felt I should also add the bricks but then decided not to, I think there are times when we just want to do a quick sketch to capture the location and next thing we know it has become a drawing, with all the extra detail… and that is the challenge (at least in the beginning… what not to include).

For this sketch I used the Tombow Mono 100 HB pencil and I liked it.

Tools are tools right?  It is practice, practice, practice what allow us to improve!  Some say that it is not necessary to have better tools, other say that you might as well use them to get better results. I guess in the end it is a personal journey and perhaps one has to try both and see what works best.

Personally I think that if you can, you should use the nicer tools. I am still using student grade watercolors simply because I refuse to let them go to waste, once I am done with those I’ll move on to the artist grade. It just occurred to me that maybe I should try the nicer grade as well so I can see the difference, and I think I will try that next.

By the way I am looking for a nice pencil sharpener, if you have a favorite please share.

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