This December my dad and I spent two weeks together in Negril, Jamaica. Having never attempted travel drawing or studying the ocean, I took it as an opportunity to get to know the landscape. Every morning I woke up and made my way to the 7 mile beach. I spent a lot of time drawing the cliffs, the cove, and fishing boats that would wash up on shore to sell their catch in the morning. My favorite drawing was the day after a heavy storm hit. It washed mass amounts of seaweed onshore, and brought the water level up to the back doors of many cottages on the beach. I got to know a lot of people living and working in the tourism trade and spent a good amount of time studying the catamarans anchored a bit off shore. It is in no way a full picture of the environment I experienced. After leaving and looking at all the work I made I am sad to say how incomplete my journal was. In many ways, the people living and working in Jamaica are who make the environment so special. If I ever return, I will spend the next block of time working on portraits, and drawing studies of my favorite stops along the way.
Went digging in the stacks tonight and found some nice old drawings of Mirav. Some of my favorite drawings are of her.
Made a bunch of awkward drawings last night - and my question is - What makes something MORE than just a drawing? Also, how do you ruin a drawing? I’ve started a list. Tulee held the pose below for 5 sessions, each 20 minutes long.
Should also probably mention that the air quality is so bad here in San Francisco that government buildings and schools were shut down today. For everyone not in California, this is a horrible, horrible fire. Here are a couple signs in my neighborhood…
Finally finished preliminary sketch for my next stained glass window. It doesn’t look like much now but just wait! More pictures to come…
This past week has been a test of endurance! Wednesday I finished my first stained glass window, Thursday night I worked on a 3 hour long pose of Tendai and topped the evening off with my friend Natalie at the Lone Palm. Then I tended bar at the 500 club Friday night, attended a wedding in Oakland Saturday, worked happy hour at the 5 on Sunday and started Monday morning off with a triptych of 15 minute drawings. Tomorrow I officially start my second window! more pictures to come :)
Tryin’ to hammer out the final design for my next window 👋🏽🕺🏻
(collage with crayon, paper and glass)
Spent Monday morning drawing at 23rd Street Studio. Here are a couple sketches of our model Jeremy during that session. Full (15 min pose) Portrait (40 min pose)
Currently working on a series of stained glass windows to accompany my latch hook rugs. Here's another idea sketch for a possible window in the works! More photos to come :)
Quick lil sketch of Don taking an afternoon nap
Happy to get back into figure drawing after being on the road. Here's a quick sketch from last week :)
Today I stayed home, drew an old napping dog named Sparky & finally found a home for some stained glass my dad made. The bottom tulip piece was from an old building on Chicago's South Side that he re-leaded and the piece above was made with antique leaded glass. I am very happy to have these here with me in San Francisco.
Happy to be home and drawing in SF! Signed up for a great figure drawing class at 23rd Street Studio. If you're looking for a nice studio with great models in San Francisco look into Michael's class! I spent the morning up in the loft drawing with a birds eye view. http://23rdstreetstudio.com/
Over the past two weeks I've found myself sketching my grandmother, Joan. Here are some of the drawings I've made of her napping, during cocktail hour and while watching the sunset on my parents boat.