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My Favorite Things – Potato People, or, How to Draw Cartoon Figures

The humble potato as cartoon figure model...

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From My Sketchbook – The World Through Squinty Eyes

Sometimes what you don't see is even more helpful than what you do! Curious? Try my Squinty Eye technique...

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From My Sketchbook – Learning from a Master

My latest cartoons are simpler and more characterful, thanks to what I've learned from master cartoonist Randy Glasbergen...

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From My Sketchbook (What I’m Sketching and Why…)

I filled the last few pages of a Crescent Rendr  Sketchbook yesterday and will start in on a fresh one today.  The Crescent Rendr brand sketchbooks are my go-to sketchbooks because they feature:

  • bleed-proof, wrinkle-free pages which allow you to draw/paint on both sides of each page
  • discreet size (perfect for a pocket or purse)
  • sewn binding for open-flat access

I’ve discovered that I’m sort of addicted to sketching in public (or, to be more precise, sketching THE public.)  I find it immensely appealing and gratifying because it:

  • forces you to get faster with your gestures
  • puts you in the moment
  • makes waiting for the subway/train/plane fun
  • gives you lots of free subject matter
  • provides a record of your travels

As I flip back through this particular sketchbook I’m transported to our flight to Paris in June and walks along the Seine and in the Jardin du Luxembourg, then back to the cafes along Central Park, then to our hotel room in Saratoga, NY (for lots of TV watching of the Democratic and Republican conventions) and on to a very relaxing week spent in NH at my mom’s cottage.  The last few pages are filled with my favorite subject – fellow commuters on the subway as I make my way around NYC.

Enjoy!Thin Asian man checking his cellphone

Quick sketch of bald man on the subway

Middle aged woman concentrating

Man in sunglasses riding the subway

Old man on the subway

From My Sketchbook – Week 39

More commutes, more opportunities for sketching the people around me. Here's what caught my eye this week...

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My Favorite Things – Making Good Progress on an Illustration

In case you're wondering about my illustration process, here's a step-by-step photographic look behind the scenes...

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From My Sketchbook – Week 37

Three lovely ladies captured in a few quick strokes with my Aquash and ballpoint pens!

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