From today on I’ll try to post a daily quick sketch done at lunch break. This one is of Corner Bakery Cafe, Philadelphia.
Category Archives: Location Sketches
Sharing some of my latest sketches and caricatures:
This is City Hall, Philadelphia, done at lunchtime with Sharpie.
Since my daily train ride is about one hour (each way), I now have time to decompress, sketch and rest on my way home. This is the first one today:
My family and I have recently moved from Puerto Rico to Wilmington, Delaware. We’re looking for better alternatives of treatment and rehabilitation for our son. A change was probably very needed in so many ways though.
This means I have not only one, but two cities to sketch! If everything goes well, I’m about to start working in Center Philadelphia next week, and Philly has so many interesting things to sketch. Besides, in the first few days I met Joshua, a local caricaturist with whom I expect to practice the craft a lot. I’m attending with my wife a figure drawing class on Wednesdays at DCAD, getting dirty with charcoal… And of course, also I’m still participating on the weekly caricature challenge on Facebook, Caricatura Puertorriquena en FB.
I haven’t sketched that much outside, as it’s been raining most of the days, but here are some of my latest:
I can’t believe it’s been two months since my last post. And it’s not that I haven’t been sketching; on the contrary, I’ve been sketching a lot. I’ve been trying new materials, new styles, practicing a lot. Tonight I even been practicing caricatures.
I joined a Facebook group of Puerto Rican caricaturists and got inspired to try it out. This week members submit their caricature of the chosen public figure, the legendary wrestler Carlitos Colón. I grew up watching him wrestle and my late grandpa was a huge fan of his. I tried diverse styles, first more cartoonish, with felt-tip pen and watercolors; then tried a more… elegant style? I like more the latter, here are both:
I also have been doing some Virtual Paintouts, last month at Valparaíso, Chile and last night at Vilnius, Lithuania. Here are both:
Also I’ve been sketching on location, especially people in action while I was participating in Festival Claridad. Here are a few of my sketches there:
Best of all is that I’m enjoying the process, learning a lot and having fun.
This may probably the last sketch of 2012, but is certainly my last post of 2012. We’re waiting for the New Year in my home, just family and arghh, no beer! I forgot to go to the store… I only have “coquito”, too sweet for me. I did the sketch with a kabob skewer, dippin on Higgins ink.
Thanks to everyone for your visits, comments and likes. Hope next year is great for you all. See ya on 2013!
Today I sketched with sticks… I had a bamboo pen, kabob skewers and a sharpened chopstick, dipping into Noodler’s Bulletproof Black ink. I really like the primitive feeling of sketching with sticks, will need to use china ink; the Noodler’s won’t dry unless it has contact with paper, so it kind of messed up a bit while watercoloring.
By the way, this was in a very nice beachside eatery, El Salpicón in Barceloneta. So, beside enjoying the sketching, I spent a nice afternoon with my family.
I have sketched a few times while having a beer at one of my favorite spots in San Juan, “Abracadabra”. This time I was in a bit of a rush, but liked the looseness and sense of informality of the sketch. I did it with felt tip pen, markers and watercolors, 8.5″x5.5″.
Today one student told me another professor had taught him that he should never use the left side of his sketchbook. It is the second time, in two different universities that a student tells me the same thing. I would’ve thought this would be true with markers or Sharpies, because of the bleed-through, but actually both students were using pencil..
I am really enjoying finally being able to use both sides of the sketchbook, even with a heavy application of Copic markers. The Crescent RendR sketchbook is the best I’ve tried so far.
Here are some sketches I did this past weekend at an event called Pecharrette, held at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico.