Friday, April 23, 2010

So, I realized that I haven't ever really posted any of my sketchbook, and I feel like it really is the foundation for any artist. Having said that, I don't sketch nearly enough. So, here is a sampling of some sketches from the past year.

The first sketches were value studies of some of the murals by John Singer Sargent and Edwin Austin Abbey at the Boston Public Library. Stunning work. The murals, I mean.

These were some sketches I did on the plane home to Utah and at the farm last summer. Hollyhocks are always photogenic.

Waiting for the train at the Crestwood station near our home in Tuckahoe. This was around the time that I saw the train at the station from the hill and raced down, arriving breathless and smiling just as the doors closed. The train then proceeded to pull away and headed the opposite direction I wanted to be going. I didn't ever do that again.

This was in Golden Gate Park during our summer trip to San Francisco. Liz is always great to sit still for me:)

Several figure studies from the last year. The sketchbook pieces are mostly 1-2 minute poses, and the more refined piece above was 20 minutes,


  1. What number pencils do you find yourself carrying around Dave? I've just been sketching with a mechanical pencil because it's what I've had handy.

  2. Thanks for the comments every one, I so much appreciate you taking an interest in my work...even the 'sketchy' stuff:) Derek, I usually keep a trusty 2B with me, which I whittle down with a knife so that a little more lead shows than a normal sharpner would reveal. And that way you can use it like a pastel and get broader strokes with the pencil tilted on it's side and you holding it more like a knife than a pencil...

  3. Thanks so much, Joe, I'm so glad that you like my work enough to stop at this blog amongst so many thousands out there. Have a superb week.

  4. really great work on this blog David. I am definitely a fan...

  5. I love your sketches. Well, I love your paintings too, but the sketches really hit home for me