Drawing people like I draw animals – UN Plaza San Francisco

My new drawing project is to sketch people in the way I sketch animals. When I sketch people I get stuck on their faces. When I draw figures the faces come out weak and in another style of drawing from the rest of the sketch. Why is that I wonder? I guess it is because animals are just shapes to me. When I see a face I recognize it as a more familiar intimate object.

The cardboard shapes integrated with the moving figures added some abstraction to the drawings which created a more interesting drawing.

While I struggle in the studio combining figurative hands and feet with an abstract painting, I’ll blog about some of my drawings. As always, click on image to enlarge.

Any suggestions to help me get away from the face hang up I have?

Build it bigger – Give Some – Take some – You are On Your Own – UN Plaza

Build it bigger

Give some

Take some

You are on your own

Those were the words being chanted as I watched a free public performance at United Nations Plaza on Market Street in San Francisco.

Sitting on the brick pattern ground I sketched the scene in front of me. People paraded by my feet. I listened to chants of words. Dancers with straight postures and some with very loose bodies wove in and out of my vision. The audience was invited to build  a cardboard honeycomb structure.

My new drawing project is to sketch people in the way I sketch animals. When I sketch people I get stuck on their faces. When I draw figures the faces come out weak and in another style of drawing from the rest of the sketch.

The cardboard shapes integrated with the moving figures add some abstraction to the drawings which create a more interesting drawing. While I struggle in the studio painting and drawing feet and hands, I’ll blog about some of my drawings. As always, click on image to enlarge.

Tight Jeans and an Acoustic Guitar – California Country Music

Nothing better than sittin high up on a stool close to the band

letting the sounds and sights guide my hand.

Lines become figures as my pen mimics

the scene in front of me.

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Lyrics to top 20 country music songs

  1. Martina McBride – Concrete Angel lyrics
  2. Brooks & Dunn – Believe lyrics
  3. Carrie Underwood – Jesus, Take The Wheel lyrics
  4. Alan Jackson – Remember When lyrics
  5. Josh Turner – Your Man lyrics
  6. Brad Paisley – When I Get Where I’m Going lyrics
  7. Chris Cagle – Miss Me Baby lyrics
  8. Miranda Lambert – Kerosene lyrics
  9. Keith Urban – Making Memories Of Us lyrics
  10. Sugarland – Just Might (Make Me Believe) lyrics
  11. Keith Urban – Tonight I Wanna Cry lyrics
  12. Kenny Chesney – Who You’d Be Today lyrics
  13. Little Big Town – Boondocks lyrics
  14. SugarLand – Baby Girl lyrics
  15. Faith Hill – Like We Never Loved At All lyrics
  16. Rascal Flatts – Skin lyrics
  17. Tim McGraw – My Old Friend lyrics
  18. Shania Twain – From This Moment lyrics
  19. Lonestar – Amazed lyrics
  20. Danielle Peck – I Don’t lyrics

Tango Dancing After the Rain – Bruges, Belgium

“Don’t go to Bruges in the summertime – too many tourists.” I kept hearing this while planning our trip to Europe. But, I was in Belgium and the time was now. We decided to go see Bruges at night when the crowds had dispersed. It was raining when we got off the train in the medieval 13th century town. By the time we arrived at our hotel the rain had stopped. Outside our window, sparkling white swans glided down the canal. We walked around Bruges before stopping for some dinner somewhere along our way. As, always, click on image to enlarge the photograph.

Kathakali Classic Dancers – Southern India

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Listen

Alcohol painted eye

recites garish truth

Hot chilies, fresh

ginger and pepper shout.

Green cardamom pods sizzle,

coriander and cumin crackle.

Red chilies roast above

the charcoal fire.

Yogurt is whisked.