Friday, October 31, 2008


During my friend's (Josh) first visit to San Francisco, we roamed around Chinatown for a couple hours. We took a short break to do a couple of thumbnails before we headed out to explore other neighborhoods.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sketchcrawl 20

Whoa! Another massive turn out of 60 + crawlers. This time I recruited Josh, a good friend from art school in Seattle, to join us. I wasn't too familiar with the Mission District Area and ended up parking at a (recommended garage) on 23rd and Potrero. Later realizing it was a 15 block hike to the starting point! My bad, Josh. LOL.

Fortunately, we arrived at the meeting point just in time. The group was still ordering coffee and chatting outside. I managed to meet up with Enrico to receive my "Venice Chronicles" book with a special watercolor plate inside! (that is definitely getting framed)
Some sketchers decided to crawl elsewhere, but a group of us decided to stay and and sketch outside of Que-tal Cafe.

Here's my first sketch of the day... just at the corner of 23rd and Guerrero. The person sketching in the front, with the "shell-toe" Adidas is the talented Pete Scully (from Davis).
Sitting at the corner block gave me the opportunity to meet Kenny. I can't believe he traveled from Concord? But glad he made it out for his first Sketchcrawl Session.

I was approached by several passer-by's inquiring why there were so many people sketching today? So I referred them to the forum for more info...hopefully we'll see some new faces at the next crawl?

Upon wrapping up, I ran into Nancy Lorenz and her friend Sybil. Nancy is the talented person that created caricature (felt material) characters at the end of Enrico's "Venice Chronicles". Check it out!

After packing up, Josh and I tried to meet up with another group...but ended up getting lost. We ran into Vern and Rick on Mission St. They traveled all the way from Walnut Creek (just like Kenny). Along the way we came across Jackie and her cool bike. We joined her for lunch at a delicious Taqueria' that she highly recommended. She was right....The burrito's were filling!

After lunch, Josh remembered spotting some lucha libre masks a block away. So we decided to tackle the challenge of drawing as many as we could.
Nachooooooooo Libre Mask!

We met another water color artist (Carol), chatted a bit, then packed up and headed for the end point at Muddy Water's Cafe. Once again, we caught up with Vern, Rick, Jackie and John and began exchanging sketchbooks. Before we knew it, Sketchcrawlers completely took over the cafe!

As always, great to meet everyone during the crawl. I'll either catch up with you again at Ape-Con or at Sketchcrawl #21. Thanks.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

IF: Vacant

Found a vacant house in Albany over the weekend. I speculated that it may have been a victim of the housing crisis. For whatever reason it may have been, it took little time for the vegetation to take over and move in--rent free.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

2 minute pose

Just getting back into life drawing sessions.
I'm a bit rusty, but here's one that was fun.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Benicia Sketchdump

Stopping by for some breakfast and mocha at Java Point Cafe in Benicia, Ca. Sketching at this angle was quite painful on the neck. I don't recommend it.

Walking passed First Street Cafe.
One more sketch before heading home.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sausalito - part 2

Here's the latest set of lunch sketches from Sausalito. The
top sketch was a combination near the Harbor Bay marina.

The bottom sketch was a great find. Just outside Arques School, where a handful of boats are renovated.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Plug 1

I'd like to share a new book that's releasing this month by Enrico Casarosa, who has been a huge influence to my art work. Just observing his Hayao Miyazaki inpired style, Enrico has taught me to loosen up more when drawing in public......and not to mention using watercolors again (I had such a horrible watercolor experience in college and vowed to stay away from this uncontrolable medium! - LOL)

This book will definitely be a great addition to your bookshelves and coffee tables.


The Venice Chronicles - a travelogue in pencil, watercolor and varying shades of silliness. Hardcover,144 full-color pages, by Pixar artist Enrico Casarosa. Take a stroll through the side streets and canals of Venice in this colorful graphic novel, meeting at the intersection between Carnet De Voyage and Love Story.

(all posted images were created and belong to Enrico Casarosa)

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: AdHouse Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981845509
ISBN-13: 978-0981845500
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.2 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 4 ounces

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