Categories: Art

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #9 – Glad I’m not here on vacation

    Today the lines to get into the parking lot heralded a day full of overcrowding and annoyance. Days like these foster impatience and meanness in people, as demonstrated by the awful woman who nearly took my feet off with her Hummer–I mean, stroller–and then gave me a nasty look like it was my fault. Anyway, I still had a “Millhouse” kind of day, starting with my breakfast at the Carnation Cafe where they seated me at a sunny outdoor table [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #8 – Ringing in the New Year

    Got to the park in time to see Main Street open today – only because it opens later during January and February (or so an employee told me). I made a beeline for the Mickey beignets (gotta start a sketch crawl with the right fuel) and as I munched those, I did this line drawing of New Orleans Square. Still an overwhelming amount of detail. Learn to edit! I swore today I’d do half line drawings and half value studies [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #7 – Last one of 2016

    I nearly blew it today. I found out after getting to the park that if I’d chosen to go tomorrow, I’d have been turned away at the gate. I’d completely forgotten to check the blackout dates for pass holders, and starting the 16th, passholders are SOL as Disney prioritizes the top-dollar-paying guests. So whew – glad I followed through on my usual Thursday routine. Anyhoo, it was nice and quiet today. Overcast, chilly, enough people to make it feel energized [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #6 – Value studies are scary

    I wasn’t too excited about what I did on this day (yesterday), mainly because I found myself resisting both the need to work on value and the desire to once again do what I know. I did some of both, with so-so results. In some part, I blame the fact that it took me two hours (instead of the usual 45 min) to get to Disneyland thanks to some fool who caused an accident on the freeway. By the time [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #5 – Halloween Hell

    I had no idea going in that I’d be dealing with teeming hordes of park goers. Middle of the week, middle of October – how bad could it be? The worst.

  • Disneyland Sketch Crawl #4 – Now With Stabilo Markers!

    An old friend and former professor suggested I try Stabilo markers next time I ventured out for a day of sketching and I’m so glad I did! I bought three tones – light gray, medium gray and black, and thus far I can only control the lightest one. It looks a lot like pencil but has the advantage of not smearing when I set my hand on it. For a first go, I think these were fairly successful despite the [...]

  • Amsterdam Journal Day 6: Queens and Canal Tours

    Last day! Unreal how quickly time passes when you’re enjoying yourself. And when jet lag keeps you awake night after night. Nick’s work was done today so once more I had companionship for my jaunt through the city. The plan was to see the Catherine the Great exhibit at Amsterdam’s annex of the Hermitage and so we opted for a fairly quick breakfast at Bagels and Beans. I went there the day I visited the Rembrandt museum; it’s situated right [...]

  • Amsterdam Day 4: How to Die a Penniless Artist

    Before I begin, I forgot to post this before – one of the typical oddities I like to discover in strange cities: an ash tray awning. OK. Another day on my own. First on the solitary agenda, the Rembrandt House. Rembrandt bought the house for 13,000 guilders back in the day when the average person only earned 300 guilders a year. He paid for it though. Or rather, he didn’t. He financed the house and a number of years into [...]

  • Amsterdam Journal Day 3: Checks Yourself Before you Rijks Yourself

    Rain! It was pouring this morning. Coming from the land of constant sun, we had no umbrellas and had to borrow one from the hotel. We walked to a little place called Omelegg, a rustic little bistro. Guess what they specialize in? I ate an omelette with Dutch spicy bacon (which it wasn’t), mushrooms and farmer’s cheese while 1920′s music played (“If you knew Susie like I know Susie…”) and Nick had a local dish called Shakira? Skapscrunch? Cap’n Crunch? [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #3

    It was pretty hot at the Magic Kingdom today and I can use that as an excuse I suppose, for not doing very well. =/ Or maybe I’m just grumpy right now because of it and I’ll like these more later. In any case, I only managed three drawings in four hours and since the park was packed, I had to spend money every time in order to claim a seat in the shade.