Tuesday, December 13, 2011


So, I went to a great sketching evening with some new friends from the Bay Area chapter of the ArtOrder group (found at http://artorder.ning.com/ ) A wonderful time was had by all (Alexis, our hostess, Brian, Mike, MuYoung and me). We also procured the services of an awesome model Francine Mean, who brought many costumes and even put on a short Fire show for us after the session was over.

In the interests of full disclosure, I now present to you the sketches I did that evening. It was not only fun, it was a great chance to do something that I hadn't done for MANY years, and stretch those artistic muscles we all need to exercise once in a while.

2-minute warm-ups:

5 - 10 minutes:

(Here's where I started using some 4B and 8B pencils on top of the HB and 2B)

And finally some 20-minute pieces!

I think I was getting into a groove over the last hour or so, and I'm pretty happy with how the evening went. I'm looking forward to a lot more live drawing now that I'm back in the Bay Area and there are more opportunities for this sort of thing.

Usually I show off my finished stuff here or elsewhere online, or at least a sketch leading up to a finished piece so you can see the progression, but here we have just practice, plain and simple, with numerous warts to amuse you. Let me know what you think!



Jeremy Rathbone said...

hmm..I don't live too far away. Maybe I should start looking up events like this in the future.

Patrick said...

Hey Jeremy! You should definitely try to make it to something like this. It's good for what ails you! I'll bet you have some up in your area, too if you look around. But if you decide to come down this direction, let me know!

Jeremy Rathbone said...

I have looked into this, and actually the closest I can find to Tracy, is Oakland.

ElasticUnicorn said...

Fantastic sketches Patrick!
It was great to see stuff like this.
I would love to join in sometime - bit of a drive from England though :-)

Patrick said...

Thanks, Stew. Yeah, you'd be home REALLY late if you came over from there... ;)

Hey, I see there are LOTS of Dr. Sketchy's branches in the UK though - is there one near you?