In the park...

Posted: Dec 22, 2007 | | Labels:

Happy Holidays!

Posted: Dec 21, 2007 | | Labels: ,

Its a miracle - to have flowers under your window for this time of the year (at least in my book of miracles!:) and it's a miracle - how many viruses are around us (cough-cough:)... getting better though :)

Below is a portrait of one of the babysitters I met in the park - Halina from Poland. A very nice lady with a hat matching her costume - even if it's a trainers and t-shirt! ;)

in case if you are wondering what this is...

Posted: Dec 18, 2007 | | Labels:

it's a warm-up sketch of a bird ;)

time is flying by..

Posted: Dec 17, 2007 | | Labels:

Illustration Friday: backwards

Posted: Dec 14, 2007 | | Labels: ,

what do you do in a case like that?

Teachers and students

Posted: Dec 13, 2007 | | Labels:

A few weeks ago i had a chance to visit one color class briefly. Mostly to secretly draw teacher and students while they were doing the same. Why that class was "color class" - I do not know - we all were using black pens ;)

cover your cough!

Posted: Dec 11, 2007 | | Labels:

"Little Things" for Illustration Friday

Posted: Dec 10, 2007 | | Labels: ,

I got some art supplies from the Japanese store (just a brush) - but it came in a wonderful black envelope - so hence the temptation to draw on black ;) Taped the paper into my sketchbook and made some pockets this way - to store notes and such. Little things like this make life... more dimensional ;)
here is a second part of the envelope:

Click on the image to see larger version.

Illustration Friday: excess

Posted: Dec 6, 2007 | | Labels: , ,

In the park

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My News Digest: NYTimes

Posted: Dec 4, 2007 | | Labels: ,

Articel about the little rock nine

Waiting at the car service

Posted: Nov 28, 2007 | | Labels:

people react differently when you draw them - some are ok, with some you have to switch ti drawing their shoes right away...


Zoo visit

Posted: Nov 22, 2007 | | Labels: ,

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone :)

At Last!

Posted: Nov 19, 2007 | | Labels: , ,

My book - "The Cat with No Name" is here - I received my first few copies they smell soooo good :) And it feels good too!

You will find more information and all 8 illustrations on my web-site:
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8

E-mail me if you want a copy!

trying new pen

Posted: Nov 18, 2007 | | Labels:

What are your most common doodling subjects? What appears in your sketchbook when you get a new pen?
Crazy monsters? People? Your feet? Your pens? Stack of books on your table Lunch (or other meal)?
Let me know!

it started as a blind contour...

Posted: Nov 16, 2007 | | Labels:

But didn't end that way as you can see :)

My News Digest: more Nixon faces :)

Posted: Nov 15, 2007 | | Labels: ,

It's a coincident. But Nixon's face popped up two days in a row in the newspapers - so I did another take on him... I think first one was better though.

More Cat Book Sketches

My News Digest and Flowers

Posted: Nov 14, 2007 | | Labels: ,

I've been working on getting more sketching in my day and also on developing a warming-up daily routine - you know - to get some rough lines out of your system before you start working on main things? So while re-visiting Danny Gregory's CREATIVE LICENSE, THE: GIVING YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE THE ARTIST YOU TRULY ARE I found a passage about Tommy Kane who starts his day by making one drawing about news he reads in new york times.
I read a few online newspapers - so why not make my news digestion more creative and productive time? And I am giving it a try for a while. Actually I started over a month ago - I am just a little behind on posts here :)

And here are some occupants of my patio :)


Posted: Nov 13, 2007 | | Labels:

Pentel Brush Pen above and Pilot V5 below - I never used it before and having fun now trying different marks for shading :)

Illustration Friday: Hats

Posted: Nov 7, 2007 | | Labels: ,

I was hoping to get to the hat party in the nearby elementary school today but it did not happen - so here is another hat for you - it's a brand new addition to little guy's wardrobe :)

Sketches with color (red ;) pencil - trying to add more color to my daily sketches and not sure it really is working - but in this case it wasn't bad I think ;)

Quick figure drawings: guess who is the model :)

Posted: Nov 6, 2007 | | Labels:

Illustration Friday: Trick or Treat

Posted: Nov 2, 2007 | | Labels: ,

I am a little late with the IF post this week but want to share these Halloween monsters anyway.

Which one is the scariest?

In preparation for the Cat Book

Posted: Nov 1, 2007 | | Labels: , , , ,

I am working on a book - it's about a cat ;) And here is one of the sketches that has a chance to make it to the cover...

Animals in the park

Posted: Oct 29, 2007 | | Labels:

People at the playground

Posted: Oct 26, 2007 | | Labels: ,

It's never been a problem for me - to remember a name of a person.
But lately I noticed that I meet many people at playgrounds, parks, stores, etc. and we start a conversation pretty often (that's an essential part of life if you have a kid) but I keep forgetting names...
Is it because my attention is on other things (like why the sand is being poured inside the t-shirt or how did that car fit in the mouth?) Or may be I am not feeling personal connection with people there - same discussion topics with everyone, rarely someone actually is listening to what you are saying? Or am I getting old?
Well, to see how I may embrace this problem better I decided to sketch people I meet and write something about them (or about their kids). This is one of the new lines that you will see in my sketchbooks - I am starting a new batch ;)

This girl's name is Kanti. She speaks Gujarati and she is in a second grade. She rarely wears anything warmer than t-shirt and shorts, even on a relatively cold day - she likes goos bumps :) Oh - and she just got a new bike - it's blue :)

And I have no clue who that lady on my sketches at the beginning of the post is - but I might get a chance to find out one day ;)

Sketchbook Run - last post about Summer ;)

Posted: Oct 25, 2007 | | Labels:

Playground sketches - this is a funny shaped hat but works very well as ear flops protect neck and ears from the sun which is a murder in California!

Right sketch above and a sketch below are from the visit to Stanford University Campus. Top one is done by my mom and bottom one - by me - we enjoyed a few great hours of sketching together when she was visiting this summer - I wish we had more time to sketch! (but we did LOTS of other great things - so I this is not a regret - just a wish for her next visit ;)

This was the only time when we woke up before our son did - peaceful moment - just for a minute - as soon as I finished this sketch - we started grunting and turning and waking up:)