December 2, 2014 0

Faces from Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and elsewhere

By in brush pen, heads, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women


Did these over the summer, but somehow forgot to put them up. They are mainly from Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, when I was sitting in the open air market doing portraits. They’re brush pen and watercolours, mostly.



November 26, 2014 0

Professional Artist

By in sketches


I drew this after watching a few Youtube videos about the “Andrew Loomis” method of drawing faces. This method was actually a revelation to me when I first discovered it years ago, because I’d inherited a few Loomis books from an artist uncle. But am rarely able to get it to work. Just winging a portrait seems to work best for me, though there is a lot of erasing involved.

Anyhow I watched 4 videos of a guy copying a face from one of these books, and from the little bits of the side of his head that got into the video, came up with this character.

Then, leaving the sketchbook open, Nora came and sharpened her claws on the paper I’d just drawn on. A few of those claw marks show up on the “drawing board,” even though I put in some computer colouring over the whole picture, just for fun.

Most of the time, I watch “speed painting,” which is a person painting, but usually sped up to up to five times the speed, because watching someone paint is usually boring. Still, that’s interesting, but even not sped up, I’m faster than the Andrew Loomis method guy.

I want one of his neat pencil stub holders.

November 21, 2014 0

Sketchbook Pages

By in color, Coloured Pencils, sketches


Here are a bunch of images from my sketchbook recently. In gouache, coloured (and not) pencil.






November 21, 2014 0


By in cats, color, watercolour


This little picture is in honour of my friend’s cat, now sadly departed.

November 19, 2014 0


By in color, sketches, watercolor, watercolour



November 17, 2014 0

Paintings of Guys

By in digital, sketches


Going to try to do slightly more exciting things than these. But the computer painting is working not so badly.



November 7, 2014 0

Computer Sketch

By in digital


This is a drawing I was messing with while hanging out at a friend’s, waiting for some work to be completed. I’ve been doing other drawings, both on the computer, and on paper, but have been lax posting them as of late.

October 20, 2014 0

Measuring Clouds

By in sketches


I coloured an old drawing I did for a science article in the “McGill Reporter.” It’s called “Measuring Clouds.”

September 19, 2014 0

Morning Sketches

By in cats, pencil, sketches

Maybe for one of the last times on the balcony, I’m afraid. Inside hazards include overly attentive cats who want to be front and centre on the lap.

Still, these are various people I saw walking past, and an impression of Nora the cat “playing the cello.”


September 11, 2014 0

Pencil Drawings

By in black and white, pencil


The building is from a book called “Forgotten Architecture” and is a brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. Would be interesting to see if it is still standing. Not a lot of fun to draw, however. Still, I want to do more architecture and machines.

Even though I drew it in brown pencil, it scanned dark, so I tweaked the colours. I’ll use straight lines next time, and better perspective, but I like the wiggly.



September 8, 2014 0

Further sketches from the last while

By in black and white, color, Coloured Pencils, heads, sketches, watercolor, watercolour


A page of pencil sketches. Something Harry Potter-y, and more people, drawn with watercolour pencils both activated and not.



September 8, 2014 0

Still Scrawling

By in color, Coloured Pencils, horses, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

I still draw a lot in my little books, but I haven’t been updating the blog every day like I used to. Maybe I’m just getting soft in my old age, or more choosy of what I put up. Here, I’m not being choosy, but this is a little of what I’ve been doing as of late.



August 26, 2014 0

Scenes from Life

By in color, montreal, ruttan's place, sketches, watercolour

Sketch of my bike I drew in my friend’s back yard over the weekend. Can you find the cat?


Sketch of some tables in a local park.


This is a boy bike riding in the empty wading pool at that same park:


August 26, 2014 0

Feathered T Rex sketches

By in color, Coloured Pencils, dinosaurs, sketches

I love dinosaurs. Always have. Still, I’m trying to keep up with current thought on what they looked like, and not just redraw old images that probably didn’t exist. I like the idea that even the carnivorous ones were probably not monsters, but animals out in the wild.

Also, during my summer I worked at the Calgary zoo, I spent some time looking at the raptors (that’s carnivorous birds: hawks, eagles and owls), and the cassowary. That one was an intimidating creature, and it’s fun to think of that beast while trying to re-think dinosaurs.


Unfortunately, I drew a horse head too close in the corner (these sketchbooks are getting cramped!) But there you are.


Will have to do more research, anyhow. These are also interesting to me as ways of messing with colour schemes, and underpainting, to make the pictures look more vivid and bright.