Flower Car

 Posted by on September 9, 2014  Drawings, Lefties
Sep 092014
 

Flora_GrubbLast weekend Julia and I went to Flora Grubb nursery  to buy some plants. I had heard of this cool place before, but had not realised that it was over by the area where I used to work when I first came to San Francisco. It was a dodgy neighbourhood back then, when I worked for Colossal Pictures on Third Street, and many is the time I remember working late and waiting forever for a 15-Third bus (a discontinued line, which went from Hunter’s Point to Fisherman’s Wharf). But the area seems to have a hipster vibe these days, if the clientel at Flora Grubb are anything to go by.

The plants were often displayed in novel ways, such as in this beat up old car-body, with plants bursting forth from every available cavity. There were a couple of seats nearby, and I waited patiently for the previous occupants to vacate them so that we could sit down and draw. I bagged the seats, and called Julia over; it was a nice sunny day, we had just bought some plants, and there was a trendy coffee bar in the store, so there was the prospect of a relaxing hour or two sketching the quirky and colourful dispays as we slurped a coffee or two..

What I had not realised though was that the chairs we were both sitting in had just been sold to a guy, and he seemed a bit miffed that we had made ourselves comfortable, seated in his recent purchases. No sooner had I started this sketch than we were obliged to stop, and I finished it later, at home, using a photo to jog my memory. I would like to go back there sometime to do more drawing, perhaps mid-week when it is less busy.

The Time Trickster

 Posted by on September 1, 2014  Baker's Dozen, Film/TV, Lefties
Sep 012014
 
The Time Trickster

Old plot details (and fan-enthusiasm!) refreshed by a Netflix marathon, we recently watched the theatrical, big screen debut of the 12th (or is it 13th?) actor to play DR WHO- that alien space/time traveller in the big blue box. As with last year’s 50th Birthday episode, likewise screened in movie theatres worldwide, this feature-length episode, entitled ‘Deep Breath’, was a [..read more..]

Hotel Holiday

 Posted by on August 9, 2014  Drawings, Family, Lefties, Travel
Aug 092014
 
Hotel Holiday

My Brother Jo and his family recently invited Julia and I to join them, and my Dad and his wife Wendy, for a holiday in Mexico. We’ve had a rocky time of things the past few years, and this was a wonderful opportunity to relax. Despite feeling ill the entire time, I did some sketching, and broke in a beautiful [..read more..]

May 022014
 
SPACE..The Final Frontier..

Here are some left-handed drawings from recent TV sketch nights drawing Star Trek. The bright colours and simple shapes, not to mention the broad characters and melodramatic action of James T. Kirk and his iconic, space-faring crew, can be quite fun to draw. I remember the very first time I ever saw Star Trek; it was 1974, I was 10 [..read more..]

Apr 182014
 
One Flew Off to CUCKOO’S NEST

July 15, 1986, I left Australia for what I thought would be a 6 month or one year trip at most, but it ended up being an overseas jaunt that lasted the rest of my life. I’d worked in Sydney animation studios since 1982, saving money for a trip to Japan. By mid 1986, I’d got my passport, bought a [..read more..]

Early Lefties

 Posted by on March 31, 2014  Drawings, Lefties
Mar 312014
 
Early Lefties

For posterity, here are some of the very first location sketches drawn with my left hand. I’d already done a lot of lefty drawing at home, (including some illustrations for my childhood stories on this blog) but had not ventured outside to draw from life until last September, when both Julia and I went drawing for a couple of consecutive [..read more..]

Yerba Buena

 Posted by on February 28, 2014  Artists, Drawings, Friends, Lefties
Feb 282014
 
Yerba Buena

Last weekend was a good one for drawing; both doing it ourselves and appreciating drawings done by others. Firstly, on Saturday, Julia and I went to Yerba Buena Gardens to draw: I ‘ve sketched here before (a study of the church you see here) but this time I tried an overview. The angle I chose was from the terrace, where there [..read more..]

Feb 192014
 
TV Sketching: The Dowager Countess

Apart from our recent location sketching, Julia and I have also been sketching from TV shows, and a recent fave is Downton Abbey, starring the wonderful Maggie Smith. In my opinion, she steals every almost episode as the dowager Countess, Lady Grantham. She inflects every line with subtle flaring of nostril, tilt of head or withering of stare, that imbue [..read more..]

Presidio Sketch Weekend

 Posted by on January 31, 2014  Drawings, Lefties
Jan 312014
 
Presidio Sketch Weekend

Here are several sketches done from life, each drawn very slowly in my new left-handed technique, while visiting a very sunny Presidio last weekend with Julia. Lately I have been trying to draw with my left hand, and I have been doing silly, cartoonish illustrations for the childhood recollections I have been writing. I quite like the effect that the [..read more..]

BIZARRO Sketch Night

 Posted by on January 16, 2014  Lefties, Updates
Jan 162014
 
BIZARRO Sketch Night

A week ago today, my friend Ben Walker held one of his fun sketch events at 111 Minna Gallery. This time it was BIZARRO SKETCH NIGHT, where all the participants drew 100% with their non-dominant hands. Drawing with my bad hand is something I’ve been getting trying to get used to of late, with mixed success.. So it was great [..read more..]