Sushi Night

 

Last night we had our neighbors come in to make sushi. They all helped, but I know my limitations, so I documented the get together instead. Lots of fun, tasty food, a great way to end the work week.

Katie’s Komets

  

Esteban has joined a wheelchair basketball team in Philadelphia, Katie’s Komets. Here he is in a layup drill during his first official practice. The team’s page is http://katieskomets.org

Lunchtime Sketching

  
The nice weather is finally here, perfect for outdoor sketching. 

Changing Skyline

  
Quick sketch of the new Comcast building in Philadelphia, currently under construction. This is the view from our conference room across the street. 

Another shot at digital sketching

   

  

After a few years using cheap styluses (stylii?) with an iPad I wanted to get a better tool as a Christmas present for myself. After some research, I decided for the Pencil 53. I finally received it last Friday and decided to take it for a test run sketching on location.
My first impression has been very good so far. It definitely feels much better than the tiny cheap stylus I had before. This time I sketched on the Paper 53 app instead of the more familiar Procreate, as I just wanted to try out the Pencil. The app is certainly simple and straightforward but I’d need to practice with it a lot more. I’ll also try the Pencil with different apps to see how I can get the most of the digital sketching experience. 

Line sketching was surprisingly smooth; the rubber tip provides a little resistance, just enough for me to feel in command. Using color was a little difficult. It’s not easy to replicate a watercolor brush stroke, but the convenience of being able to color a sketch quickly is intriguing. I guess I can’t think of it as a replacement for my traditional media, it’s simply a different thing. I still prefer using pencil, ink and watercolor on paper, but this is worth a try, especially to use while on the train to work. 

Sketching Philadelphia, 30th Street Station 

Ever since I moved to the States I had wanted to stop by 30th St. Station in Philadelphia. Yesterday we met there for our Sketching Philadelphia group.    
   
    
 

Will you marry me?

 
Today while at lunch, in Love Park, Philadelphia. I’ve sketched this a thousand times, but I started just another sketch of it. Then the guy kneels down! Had to capture this!

Life Size Tonka

  

Maybe it’s the childhood memories, but for some reason I’ve always wanted to sketch diggers, bulldozers and construction machinery and never had had the chance. This one was parked by JFK Boulevard and 17th, had 15 minutes to sketch it.