LIVING LINE

Some recent sketches, made on my iPhone 6s Plus, using just my finger, no stylus, and the app SketchTime. Try it, it's great fun, and you can playback the drawing in progress.

It's nice to take a break from more finished work from time to time, and just follow a simple line as it explores the forms that present themselves.

I find the most satisfying are, like these three backpackers, a minimum of line enclosing a maximum of space and gesture:

Now go try it! Let your line suggest, rather than define the subject, and just enjoy. Wait a couple of weeks, then go back and look at them with fresh eyes. You will be amazed at the amount of memory and suggestion packed into such a simple sketch!

I'm pretty sure SketchTime is also available for Android users, too.

Hasta mañana.

 

FINGER SKETCHES

FINGER SKETCHES / Digital Drawings done on my iPhone 6+ / SketchTime

Busy with my books, so less wordy than yesterday. Felt like it was about time to once again share a few of these quick character studies.

Here's something I started today in an attempt to get an organized handle on my book projects. I'm using an app called SimpleMind+.

O.K., that's it for now.

Hasta mañana.

 

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY and iPHONE SKETCHES

I'm running late tonight, but wanted to share with you this shot taken on the way from my hotel to the Mercado San Juan, recently.

iPhone 6+ / PhotoForge2 / Snapseed

Street photography is, as many of you know by now, one of my favorite pastimes. Especially in Mexico City. And, of course, another, newer, favorite is sketching in my iPhone. Here are a few more recent sketches done while watching tv.

Let me know in the comments if you like seeing them as a group, like this, or if you prefer them larger and in single file.

Please be patient with me. Paintings are coming up soon. I've been working on a project that I'm not at liberty to discuss just now, but I will fill you in on it when I can.

Hasta Mañana

 

THE VIDEO THAT GOT AWAY

I just spent four and a half hours building another watercolor demonstration video for you and managed to inadvertently delete it just as I was loading it up to YouTube. Oh, well!

It's three in the morning and I'm way too tired to start over, so, instead, here are some recent tv quick sketches…

I'll try tomorrow to rebuild the demo.

Hasta Mañana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECENT SKETCHES / TWO APPROACHES

I just can't seem to find time to do my post on the San Juan Market in Mexico City, yet.

But I did promise to post something every day, so here are some sketches from the past couple of days.

The first three are part of my experiment of blowing up my travel research images from the iPad onto the big screen tv, and drawing on my iPhone.

One advantage of working this way is that I can get more than one go at a passing subject as I did with this tourist couple. Back on April 10, I did something similar, yet different. I blew up iPhone images to draw from on my iPad. These newer ones are a bit looser and less overworked. Part of that is intentional. I was deliberately trying to work faster, more like on-the-spot sketching. I don't know, yet, what difference it made, drawing on the iPad versus the iPhone. Probably not much. We'll see.

Whether from life, from photos, or from video, I really love drawing on the iPhone, especially the 6+, with its larger screen. And for stealth drawing in public, it is still small enough and unobtrusive enough.

Besides, just as photographers say, the best camera is the camera you have with you. So, too, the best sketchpad is the sketchpad that is always with me, my iPhone 6+

The following faces are what I like to do when watching tv. At least my time isn't completely wasted, eh?

Now that's what I call exercise. I know, I know, that's not the only kind of execise I need. Well, we did go out dancing a few nights ago. And we almost did again last night. Honest.

My sincere thanks to all who have already commented on yesterday's post. Your suggestions are being seriously considered. Replies coing soon. Promise.

And to those who might still comment, I'm kind of shooting in the dark without your input.

Hasta Mañana

 

SOME RANDOM SKETCHES

My, oh my! I don't know where the time has gone the last few days. I'm back in New Mexico. I know, I'm surprised, myself. So was Thea when I walked through the door, unexpectedly.

It's late right now, though, and I'm pretty tired, so I'll try and bring you up to date tomorrow. Meanwhile, I would like to share a few iPhone sketches and one from the iPad.

This woman was in the Alameda, the big central park in Mexico City:

Then, I moved into the Sanborn's House of Tiles, the 18th Century palace covered in blue and white tiles, where the lunch counter is one of my favorite sketching spots, for these:

I don't honestly remember where I saw this woman. Possibly in the DFW airport on my way home. I do know that I did a few more there, but can't seem to find them just now.

These two men may also have been at DFW:

Back in Taos, I decided to try an experiment. I put iPhone photos I had taken in the Alameda up onto the big screen in my office, and sketched from them on my iPad.

Except for the last one, I feel they got a bit overworked. I will keep trying, though, as I have so much to work from in this way.

Today, Thea and I actually took the day off! First time in a long time. We drove down the high road to Chimayo, then back up through Ojo Caliente and Tres Piedras.

I managed to get these two sketches on my iPhone while waiting for our lunch in Peñasco:

And, finally, here's a little quick IPad study of a small adobe across the road from the church in Trampas. I've always enjoyed the contrast between the house's blocky, smooth appearance, and that of the gnarly, twisted fruit tree in front of it. I've wanted to paint it for a very long time.

Now, maybe I will.

Back soon.

 

 

SOME AIRPORT SKETCHES

I don’t know what’s going on. Yesterday’s post didn’t get through. I’ve just spent a couple of hours trying to get it to work, but no luck. For some reason about half the images aren’t loading.

I was trying to share a few more images from Campeche, a group of iPhone sketches from the airport and one from my hotel room in Mexico City.

I will keep trying with the Campeche images, but for now, here are the airport sketches that have made it through…

One more; my taxi driver in Mexico City, from the airport to my hotel…

TAXISTA

There were three more from my hour wait at the airport. They should have worked the same way these did. It’s all a mystery to me.

Hasta Mañana (And I hope this works.)