Thursday, January 28, 2016

Que la Paix

A quick sketch of the landmarks from one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  A mixed media sketch with ink and graphite.

Let there be peace in the city of love. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Libyan Sibyl - a study

A quick study of Michelangelo's Libyan Sibyl. 

I used sanguine and sepia pencils and sticks.  The original in Sistine Chapel is about three times life-size whereas this study is 24" x 18" on paper. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Amsterdam Inspiration - 3

Pen and Ink drawing of the facades of Amsterdam.  I loved the architecture of the Amsterdam buildings along the canals.  The row houses were deliberately built narrow and deep in order to reduce the tax burden.  Real estate taxes are levied based on the amount of canal space occupied by the building.

Just for kicks, I added an iconic metal streetlight into the mix.  Can you spot it?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Amsterdam Inspiration - 2

A quick ink drawing of the Amsterdam scenery. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Amsterdam Inspiration

I spent a lot of time in Amsterdam this year and was inspired by the canals and the narrow buildings.  I have started a series of sketches and paintings based on my pictures from Amsterdam.  Here is one of the first from the installment.

This is a quick study of the architecture in ink, watercolor pencil and wash.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Venice study

Here are a few sketches of scenes from Venice from our trip to Europe this summer.

Rialto bridge in charcoal.  Reference was a photograph I took from one of the piers.

A quick study of one of the Venice canals with a multi-colored pencil.  I found this interesting pencil which contains a multi-colored lead.  It is one pencil with a lead with multiple pigments in it.  Unfortunately, it contains a lot of red and hence the reddish hue to the sketch.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Europe Inspiration

We visited France and Italy this summer and I was inspired by all the renaissance art and architecture.  I started making a few drawings/paintings/sculptures based on this inspiration.  Here are a few of the quick studies from the trip.

I started this sketch of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on the train ride from Florence to Venice.  The reference was a photograph.

This is a pencil study. I will be posting more from our trip shortly.