I am just getting around to posting some highlights from my most recent completed sketchbook – Number 64. I finished it last month while on vacation in Santa Cruz. I had a great time there – travelling there for vacation with my fiance Carrie – met great friends of hers, ate yummy food, and drew a bit in books 64 and 65.
I finished this book pretty quickly – less than 2 months. Some of this is because I wasn’t doing all that much art outside the book. It’s something I need to do more is just draw/paint on loose paper, so I actually sell stuff (I hold on to my books.) Inside the book is mostly observations (as opposed to inventions) – mostly in my new east coast environs. The book is a different brand/type than I’ve used before. It’s archival – though it seems like the pages are just a bit more transparent than most of the sketchbook paper I’ve drawn on, so some of the scans show a sort of ghost image of the next page – oh well. (I prefer to spend time drawing, and not on trying to get scans to look just right.) (blah blah blah – show them the pictures, Joe!)
The cover of the book, above, isn’t all that remarkable. I added the Streetsblog sticker mostly so I could tell which side was the front. I recently contributed some art to a Streetsblog fundraiser auction – so I grabbed a sticker. I am a big fan of theirs in any case. Below is the first page. I painted yellow watercolor on top of green colored watercolor pencil.
As usual, I’ve already posted some of the best images – follow the links to go to those earlier posts – they’re really the best stuff in this book.
These earlier Sketchbook No. 64 posts include:
Here’s a streetscape I did in Brooklyn – on Fulton at Jay. It’s at night. Done with brush pen, good for getting a lot of ink down fairly quickly. It was one of the first really cold nights, so a street vendor selling coats, scarves, hats, etc. was doing a brisk business – they’re in the lower right.
Here’s a page of some of my air travel sketches, an increasingly prominent genre of mine as I’ve fallen madly in love, and moved across the country. This was a day when I arrived back in L.A. and drew a man on the LAX shuttle, then drew the freeways as viewed from the Metro Green Line station:
Here’s another view of the Manhattan skyline – drawn from the roof of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) building where Carrie works. It’s fairly quick – in brush pen. It was cold and windy… so there are some stray marks where I smudged and mis-drew, but overall I like it:
Lest you think I only draw buildings these days (and only work in brush pen), here are some people – on the train, and at the Jersey City Building Department offices. I used to draw people almost all the time… lately I do more streets/buildings. Drawing people is probably my favorite thing to do.
Here’s another sketch of buildings in Manhattan. It was a cold day, so I sat inside a cafe and sketched the view out of the window. It’s an odd composition – all triangular, with some things very close by, and others further off. In the middle of the left page is the top of the Empire State Building. The bottom middle thing that says “spread?” is street art done on the subway entrance. It’s not completely finished, but overall I like what I did:
And, lest you think that all I do is observation these days, here’s an invention piece: a woman with medusa-snakey-looking hair.
Here’s the final thing I drew in this book: oak tree branches. Longtime readers know I like to draw trees – especially oaks. These are oak tree branches in a preserve area called Pogonip, right near UC Santa Cruz.