San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area can be a scene of TOTAL ACTIVITY, especially on the Fourth of July, when this drawing was made. Streetcars, bicycles, pedestrians, dogs, cats, birds, sunbathers, tokers, smokers, jokers, lovers, runners, dancers, romancers. What a scene!
Note the use of the thumbnail in the top left corner – design is the best way to control the chaos. On your paper, anyway! I have to say though, the chaos in San Francisco was all peaceful and groovy… not one fight broke out all day. Nice town.
posted by Veronica
This is a charcoal drawing of Samir, great model! Got Geometric on him!
Jazz band in Disneyland’s New Orleans. It wouldn’t be a vacay without a little drawing. ~Despina
I spent yesterday in Disneyland California. I’ve spent a good deal of time in DisneyWorld Florida but hadn’t been to the California park since I was a kid. I took some time to draw Sleeping Beauty’s castle. What a beautiful park!
Greg Betza ©2014
Enough already! I know it’s just days away, but I can’t help myself..coats off, evening walks, new grass, tulips and buds, baseball and bike rides…spring …spring, where are you? – Michele
An early, mid-breakfast, nearly made us late for the bus, request.—Dominick
It’s PARTY TIME! in New Orleans, as today marks Fat Tuesday, or Carnival, the day before the start of Lent in the Catholic tradition. Although the party has been going since the weekend, I’m sure. I’ve had some wonderful times in New Orleans, drawing and dancing. Or drawing the dancing. This drawing was made in a little club on Frenchman Street, an Afro-Brazilian band was in town and creating some heat on the dance floor. I used graphite and grease crayon to convey the graphics of the situation – energetic to say the least! And this was just a regular Tuesday night – can only imagine what’s cookin’ down there now!
posted by Veronica
PS The reportage illustration essay I did of New Orleans Ninth Ward, post-Katrina, will be featured in a new book by Jo Davies and Derek Brazell, Understanding Illustration. The book includes many other talented illustrators, and I’m honored to be a part of it. Especially in the section called ‘Documentary’, which explores the ways that illustration can be a medium of change in our society. Amen to that! If you are in London today, March 4, you can visit the launch party and panel discussion at the Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London, which starts at 18.30. Wish I could be there!
There is always an individual who stands out, in oh so many ways! Another lovely lady at the Met waiting to get a drink and a little something to nosh on!
Visiting San Diego seeing all the beautiful sites. I don’t think I want to leave this place. It feels like Europe. Amazing. Today I took my son to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Wonderful day. We both sat down and drew while watching a beautiful tank that was the size of a house. This is a school of fish. It’s mesmerizing watching them move in unison. And it’s bizarre how birds do the same in the sky. ~Despina
I’m out in San Diego and will be heading to the San Diego zoo this week so I thought I’d post a drawing made at a zoo (the bronx zoo) of zebras in fall.
©Greg Betza 2014
Many, (many) moons ago I was studying with my mentor in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (for those who remember, I’ll gladly refer to it as MGM Studios). I found myself at a crossroads with my drawing so he instructed me to “GO BIG!” What exactly did going “BIG” mean? Well, it meant I wasn’t allowed to submit any drawings for 2 weeks less than 30″ x 36″ or greater. BIG was terrifying. It meant any weakness was exposed. It was either there on the paper or it wasn’t. Believe me you, there were so many drawings that ended up a frightful mess. But the lessons I learned were invaluable. In the end BIG meant freedom, enabling me to abandon crutches I habitually leaned on. I learned to genuinely appreciate the process and what I discovered was beyond my imagination. PERFECTION IS IN THE MISTAKES and when they’re BIG you have no choice but to look. - SO GO BIG TODAY, it’s a magical road! – Michele
And next week couldn’t be any further away. Oh what a difference a day can make.—Dominick
Hey, sometimes being in the ‘happiest place on earth’, wearing full princess regalia, and eating ice cream all day long can become a too much of a burden. Hence, the meltdown. She didn’t WANT ice cream, but she didn’t NOT WANT ice cream either. Too many moments of magic for one day…poor little thing. Someone should take her back to the air conditioned hotel and let her cool down. Or set her up to rule her own country, I’m not sure which.
posted by Veronica
The trifecta at the Met. This was a very avid conversation! I was not close enough to hear the conversation, but the body language was pretty vivid! Very fun to watch and draw!
I made this thumbnail in Paris. I could never decide if it’s the road ahead, or if it’s a view of looking back on the road just traveled.
Here is a watercolor and ink drawing done at Walt DisneyWorld in Florida.
©Greg Betza 2014
I stopped trying to hide the fact that I am drawing. I’ve been doing it for years now on my routine trips that I feel like I should put out a cup. Or at least wear a sign with this blog name on it. Sometimes I’ll get engaged in some discussion when I get off the train about what I use them for (always study) how it’s great to see another left-hander (I’m not, I just draw with my left hand because I like the line better) and a few times I have been told I should think about doing this professionally (sometimes I tell them I do, sometimes I just say that’s a great idea). No matter what, if there is one thing that makes me feel like I am at home in New York, it’s drawing on the 4, 5, or 6 Train.—Dominick
Eiffel tower ink & pencil studies.
By: Eddie Peña
Or is it spelled mangoes? Never sure. All I know is, a few years back when I visited St. Thomas with Margaret, her brother’s house had a mango tree behind it. Every morning, we would take our coffee out on to the porch and pull a mango off the tree for breakfast. So heavenly.
It’s snowing AGAIN today in NYC, and I am so happy to think that somewhere in this world, someone is sitting in the sun, grabbing a mango off a tree for breakfast. Even though sadly, it’s not me, it makes me hopeful to know that such climates still exist. So until the streets are thawed and the birds are singing again, I will sit in my apartment, dreaming of mangoes (mangos?) and lacing up my winter boots.
Drawing in watercolor and caran d’ache crayon, with colored pencil, posted by Veronica
Number two in the Met People series. A lady with some very high, sharp boots getting something to eat in the old dining area.