3 September 2018

11 August 2018

Start with Difficult

pencil, watercolour

It seems so obvious now but it wasn't a month ago. I was making two copies of each drawing so that if I messed up on one, I had back-up.

watercolour, pen

However, the smarter approach is to pick the part of the drawing that you are most likely going to mess up and start there. When you mess it up, you chuck it right away. Aaah... lightbulb. Or as Sumi-san used to say, "All learning is self learning."

This post is dedicated to the Hogarth sisters.

7 July 2018

Not Nailing It

watercolour, pen

The beauty and frustration of working with watercolour is that you really cannot control everything. You can control some things, but at the end of the day the watercolour gets its way too. The drawings above are throw-aways. There are elements I would like to recreate, like how the shoulder in silhouette is washed out by the sun.

And I am working in a beautiful studio space for two months. It is near the railroad and the old BC sugar refinery. The skylights bring in a ton of natural light, and my desk is right next to a sink. How perfect is that?



27 May 2018

I See

digital pen on tablet

Playing with my new Surface, screen sketch function. The pen behaves like a pencil - when I turn the tip on its side, I can shade; when I turn the tip straight, I get a fine line.


13 May 2018

Norway Maples

watercolour, pencil

Driving down a section of street on West 10th Avenue, there are these 70-80 feet Maples that seem to cause us all to slow to pedestrian speeds. Magnificent trees.

22 April 2018

Sakura

watercolour, acetone transfer

Spring on the West Coast means cherry blossoms. On sunny days with a slight breeze, you can walk under pink snowfall.