SF Sketches

 Posted by on August 23, 2015  Lefties, Location Sketching  Tagged with:
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Here are a few sketches done around San Francisco over the past few months. I’ve been spending a lot of time at the California Pacific Medical Centre‘s Castro Street branch lately, and on my way there and back I sometimes stop by the Market and Castro intersection to eat prior to riding the Muni-M line. Here are some left-handed sketches of the vintage streetcars.


As well as drawing the streetcar on 17th street near Castro (above) there’s a place to watch the streetcars turn around at Market and Castro, and I sat there for an hour or so one afternoon, attempting to draw the action. I still have trouble balancing all my watercolours when outdoors (without my full drawing rig and chair) so the watercolour washes were added when I got home.


This next sketch was done when Julia and I went to the San Francisco Zoo to sketch a few months ago. It was hot, and all the animals were hiding from the sun, and many were deep in their enclosures and not visible at all, so it was a failure in terms of finding picturesque subjects to sketch, but I did manage to get a scribble of my Australian brothers lounging around in the shade.


Unlike the streetcars, which come to a complete stop and wait a while before starting a new run, the roos were either bounding about or, if they were at rest, they were way off at the back of their enclosure almost hidden in the shade, but I tried the best I could to capture a few lefty gestural scrawls of the distant critters. I still have a hard time drawing quickly, partly because of the dexterity required on site, but I’m getting better at it.

  41 Responses to “SF Sketches”

  1. I did a little watercolor sketching on vacation using this for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcdb9eMQ9o

  2. oh dang, love that one jamie

  3. You’ve done it! You are now a leftie! You’re the Frank Frazetta of animation!

  4. Pas mal, petit connard!

  5. Jamie is officially killing it!

  6. these are great jamie!

  7. Masterful renderings of line and brush, Jamie. Great to see!

  8. Tell Enri Casarosa that we need another sketckcrawl. Pretty amazing Jamie. It seems difficult but your mind and body are rebooting. We should compare notes.

  9. beautiful Jamie, soulful.

  10. Brilliant jimmy. <3

  11. These are beautiful, Jamie, I m really liking the loose lines combined with watercolor.

  12. Desire of streetcar!

    I love these drawings, Jamie.

  13. Nicely done Jamie!

  14. These are awesome Jamie!

  15. Those are great.
    Iain McCaig draws with both right and left hands – not sure you knew that – keep going!

  16. Great stuff Jaime! I really like the muni metro sketches…

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