Saturday, April 28, 2007


The weather is getting better, and so is the sketching. Had a good time at the pioneer courthouse square this morning. My friend and fellow student at the art institute came along to take part in the sketching goodness. Here are a couple of images from today with a little bit of photoshoop added just for kicks.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Drawing Interupted

Even when the weather is not so great the drawing is still good. I saw some interesting faces on the max this morning on the way down town. Unfortunately a lot of them always seemed to be staring at me when I was about to draw them. When I got to Pioneer Square it was overcast but there were still people out and about to be drawn. I little while into it I started drawing a man leaning against a pillar, he noticed I was drawing him and came over to chat. Turns out he was from the Philippines and he was quite excited to find out that I spoke his language. His name is Rudy and has lived in the portland area for the past 30 years or so. Originally he is from the Pangasinan province of the philippines. He spends a lot of his time at the Square playing chess near the Max Stop.

We chatted it up for about and hour discussing religion, philosophy, and the likes. At one point a guy game up and gave me use some of those bible tracts, you know, those little pamphlets that tell you that you are going to hell. This got Rudy all heated up and he proceded to argue with the guy for the next 30 minutes or so. I sat and listened. Good times. And to think I would have missed all this if I had not gone to the PDX Sketch group this morning. I think I say another Art Institute student walk buy with a sketch book during Rudy's discussion. I don't know if he was there to draw or just on his way to class.

When it began to rain I said good bye and hopped back on the Max to go home. I got a little bit of drawing in so I will post it. Looking forward to next week.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Nice Day

yesterday was a nice day down at the square. I suppose this was officially the first day of the sketch group for the current term at the Art Institute.

As far as I know I was the only one there. True to form I was a few minutes late getting there and arrived around 11:30. There was a walk-a-thon thing going on there so they place was full of people. I hung around for about an hour of good drawing before heading back on the Max and going home, I probably would have stayed longer but I was not feeling all that well. And it really is a lot more fun when others show up to join in the drawing fun.

Hope to see some people out there next week.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Rain or Shine.

Due to Institute Day the Friday open life drawing session at AIPD will not be happening tonight and I am eager to do some non-class related drawing. There is a 50/50 chance or crappy weather tomorrow. If it is nice I will be drawing at the Square downtown @ 11:00, if it is raining then I will be just down the street in the Pioneer Courthouse Mall drawing at the usual meeting place on the lower level. Hope to see some of you out there tomorrow.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Bum deal

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day in the Portland Oregon area. I was excited to spent Saturday morning down in the square sketching and watching people. Of course the weather did not stay that way, and today has been full of rain and clouds. Hence I did not make it go to the sketch club meet this morning. I apologize to anybody who might have shown up to find me missing. Hopefully the sun will be shiny and bright next Saturday and there will be mad sketching opportunities.

I always try to sketch people on the max whenever I am on my way to school unless it is full and I have to stand up. Here is one of the people I sketched on the way to school yesterday.