Saturday, November 22, 2008


A page from the journal where I was just messing around - usually 5 or 10 minutes here and there.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Princess the Super Dog

Alex and I started a new sketchbook called the Skitbook, aka, "The Little Book of mini many Cartoons!'.

Storyline: Buddha is at peace, malevolent balls from the dark corners of the universe come from above frightening the Buddha from his inner calm forcing him to cry for "HELP". Princess the Super Dog appears from nowhere and confidently announces, "No need to Fear, Super Dog is Here" whereupon she performs advanced Kung Fu moves to banish the attacking balls back to the dark corners of the universe. Super Dog (once again) saves the day.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Morning After

I came down to the harbor the morning after the election and all was quiet. The windjammers are gone for the most part, the docks have been pulled and these schooners are ready for winter with their white blankets snugged tight. I sat on a bench and drew and listened to the music shuffling through my ipod and felt good about our country.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hanging Out

A couple of weeks ago Alex and I pretty much just hung out together at the lake. We sketched and hiked and cooked and ate and watched a movie or 2. I even helped him create his own sketching blog. There was this part of me that kept telling me that there are so many other things I should be doing but I kept pushing that voice away. I am aware that soon Alex will have his own circle of friends that he will want to be with and his own "to do" list that he'll want to attend to. That he wants to hang out with Papa right now and do these things is pretty cool and worth paying attention to.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mr. President

An amazing night - sketched as Obama won the election. There is new hope...

Yearbook Sketches

The idea for this came from another blogger, John Martz, who actually did his mother's entire class of 1968. There were about 500 in my class so no way was I going to do that. I tried it with a few of the characters from my own yearbook (yes, there is a self portrait in there as well). I thought it would be fun to show the photos right next to them so you could see if I came close.

Check out these other links too - John Ralston painted an entire senior class here. And Nina Johannsen did these fine drawings here.

Drawing Ugly

I wrote in my journal here that I thought this was kind of sad. I stopped by a cafe in Rockland before a meeting this morning to have a coffee and a bagel and had some extra time so I sketched the scene out the window. It's about as ugly as a building can get so I wondered how could I ever really make it look nice or interesting. It's not my favorite sketch and it was kind of quick but it reminded me that it doesn't take a nice building or scene to make a good drawing.