Friday, December 31, 2010

Second Sketchbook

My drawing sessions have become less frequent with this book, and the results are feeling more tentative. I can find fewer pages where I like a characterization or two. It seems like I started searching for a smoother approach - the elegant gesture or shape - and drifted away from the sketch when I didn't hit the right idea on the first couple lines. There are some pages left in this book, but maybe I'll start a new one for the new year, and make a resolution to fill pages quicker.

Left side, underneath the HBC building in a food court. Right side, HTO Park

HTO Park

House-warming party at my brother's place

Woodbine Racetrack. The two in the center are the same guy. Top one is stiff and boring, bottom one came off more interesting due to exaggeration.

Woodbine Racetrack

A Tim Horton's in Guelph, when I was forced to pull off the highway due to rain and crappy wipers.

Dr. Strangelove on Turner Classic

Reference Library, first floor atrium.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

More from the first sketchbook

On the subway

Fairview Mall


Couple (could have been a guy and his mom) and their dog sitting on the benches at High Park during the Cherry Blossom blooming

The ladies were on the benches at High Park during the Cherry Blossoms. Two guys in the middle were on the subway.


At Woodbine Racetrack. Two guys on the left are reading their racing forms.

Fairview Mall

Distillery District

Can't remember where I did this, although I remember the younger woman (drawn twice here) was with her parents.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I'll post some of the sketches from the books I've been keeping the past year. I never used to be able to do this, because I was too self-conscious about my drawings and fearful that someone would question what I was doing. Advice on websites to always carry a sketchbook convinced me I needed to become more willing to draw in public. Fortunately, I've found that no one pays any attention to what I'm doing. It's good practice, brings more variety through observation than when I'm always drawing out of my head.

In a Meeting
Beneath First Canadian Place, the two talking and the standing man were wandering around the PATH during lunch hour, the others were in a food court:
In a meeting

At a free showing of a couple Godard movies at Innis Hall
On the subway, returning to Scarborough, late in the evening

On the subway
More subway