Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course

Every ten years or so, my family decides to buy horses. 

It always starts out the same, everyone (except myself) is outside riding horses for the first couple months. Then inevitably when the novelty wears off, life gets busy, and the horses are left in the field to become fat and wild. And within a year or two, we sell the horses. 

Personally, I'm not very fond of horses. They smell, I am afraid of them (they are so big and heavy, if they decided to kill me, I wouldn't be able to do anything about it), and  I am also (conveniently) allergic to them. I don't have much to do with them. But they do present a drawing challenge, so I went outside to sketch the horses (of course, keeping a safe distance away, with a hot wire fence between me and them)...

My family has since sold our horses.
I think I will miss drawing them. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

People Watching

 I am still trying to catch up on all the old work I have yet to post. 
Here is my sketches from an afternoon of following people around at the mall food court (my family says this is called "stalking"...I call it observational drawing) :

A stranger offered to take a woman's tray to the trash can, while she stayed to take care of her baby. You can see how they are bundled up in coats and scarfs...I did this sketch last winter...clearly I need to update my blog more often. 

 A little girl eating pizza. 

This is of a woman searching through her bags for something. 

This is my favorite sketch from the day. I saw this elderly man eating lunch by himself. 
He seemed sad or lonely. 

 Someone carrying two drinks. 

 My brother's grandmother walked by.

It was interesting to see all these little glimpses into people's lives. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Busy Little Boy

More sketches of my nephew.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Otis the Cat

Another sketch of our cat, Otis, who is named after Milo and Otis...yes, our cat is named after a dog. 

Friday, July 12, 2013


This is my nephew's new blue heeler puppy, Rose. She is so cute, 
and cuddly and floppy and she has that puppy smell. 
What's not to love about a puppy. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Give Me A Hand

For lack of another model, I drew my hand...for the millionth time. 

Monday, July 8, 2013


I have been neglecting this little blog and I should rectify the situation. I have an entire sketch book full of work that I plan on posting. Most of it is observational drawing and doodles. Here are some sketches to start us off: 

This is Cricket, our energetic Jack Russel. She knows all kinds of tricks: sit, roll over, spin, lay down, she can walk on her hind legs, shake, high five, she plays dead when ever anyone points a finger gun at her and says "bang", you can put a treat on her nose and she will (usually) wait to eat it until you tell her she can, and she is learning how to jump through a hoop...yeah, so she is a lot of fun to play with.