Garabato del día (Doodle of the Day)


From today on I’ll try to post a daily quick sketch done at lunch break. This one is of Corner Bakery Cafe, Philadelphia.

Recent sketches and caricatures

Sharing some of my latest sketches and caricatures:

This is City Hall, Philadelphia, done at lunchtime with Sharpie.

This is a caricature I did from memory of Dr. Jose Vargas Vidot while on the train ride back home from Philly.

The Septa train from Philadelphia to Wilmington

My version of Halle Berry, for the weekly challenge of Caricaturama 3000 group on Facebook.


Back to blogging

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.

Sketching at Abracadabra

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″.


Back to sketching!

After returning from the USK Symposium a month ago I hadn’t gone sketching. Today, finally we had the chance, as we went to Plaza de Armas in Old San Juan. It started raining a couple minutes into my first sketch, so we took shelter in front of the Alcaldía and sketched from there. When it stopped raining I managed to go out and sketch some more in the Plaza. Here are my sketches:





Re-visiting and re-sketching

This past couple of weeks I’ve been re-sketching some places I’ve sketched before. First, there is a Subway store I usually go for lunch. I’ve sketched the people in the line more than a dozen times, but as everyone is unique, I don’t get bored. Every patron strikes a different pose, and I quickly try to capture it, usually with pencil.


A few minutes ago I was at a Tren Urbano station, the board announced the nex train arrived in 13 minutes. So I got out my sketchbook, a dark blue Sharpie and sketched the landscape. I’d done that same view before, but last time it was a beautiful, energetic sunset with striking colors. Today it is a hazy afternoon, with light showers on and off. This time colors are much more subdued, but I managed to finish right as the train arrived. Here is today’s effort: