The Final Stretch


One more drawing of the Charles W. Morgan as we go into the second week of hanging the upcoming show at Mystic Seaport. Honored to be included with fellow Studio 1482 and Dalvero members.—Dominick

Urban Sketching Handbook


Happy to announce that my book, The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing has been released this month by Quarry! It’s illustrated with my location work, along with the work of my friends at Studio 1482, Urban Sketchers, and Dalvero Academy.

It has ideas and advice for creating reportage drawings and telling stories with your work.

This image, from the cover, was a reportage illustration I did on my recent trip to Havana, Cuba. Talk about a storytelling paradise.

I hope you enjoy the book, you can order it HERE. And thank you to all of the talented artists who allowed their work to be featured.

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Unfortunately the Mets didn’t get the job done this year, but the future looks bright. Watching the games reminded me of a cool job I worked on back in 2008. I was invited to draw, or imagine, the finished CitiField. I was given a tour throughout the unfinished stadium. Quite a unique experience. Here is a concept drawing of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

Greg Betza ©2015

from one to another

Ever think of the rhythm that moves thru a drawing…weaving one person, place or thing to the next? It’s kind of an interesting question. Hope you had a fabulous weekend. – Michele

Pulling Through


So the days work before me a week ago was  what one one would call a bust. Actually, it was a weeks worth of set backs and fiascoes, some my doing by not paying attention to time three years ago, some just the luck of the draw. The week ended on a better note and production is back in full swing. But time is rearing right behind me and the days works is far from done.—Dominick




















Another page out of my sketchbook. Character development ideas.

Eddie Peña

No Two People are Alike!


While enjoying a drawing day at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center I tried different graphic approaches to drawing people who were visiting the various pavilions. It was fun playing with different brushes, ink brush pens and dip pens according to what I felt the character, expression and body language portrayed. Love drawing people!

No two people are alike!!!

m. hurst

Big Guy


This big guy was in his own world with his iPod.


Too loud


Saw this guy at a concert last year. He was not having a good time.

Greg Betza ©2015

Marks make up the whole

China Pavilion/Michele Bedigian

This is one of those drawings that has to be investigated up close. It’s made up of hundreds of marks from “far and wide” in the Chinese pavilion in Epcot Center, WDW. Hope you had a fabulous Sunday! – Michele

Drawing 60″W x 18″H in pen and ink by Michele Bedigian

The start of bigger things


Right now I am not feeling very optimistic about the days work still before me but the above drawing was the start of a bigger project that is on my board right now, literally. This drawing was done last summer, sorry summer 2014—the months are going by so fast, when the Charles W. Morgan returned from its 38th voyage.  I’m proud to be a part of the Dalvero show documenting the journey and which opens next month at Mystic Seaport.—Dominick















Storyboards. Colored pencil and charcoal.

Eddie Peña

Drawing the Draw-ers


Sometimes the most interesting thing to draw in a drawing class are the people who are drawing. (Say that five times fast.)

This guy was INTENT on looking at the model. Hope that attitude can rub off on all of my students. :)

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Japanese Dancers


Some of the Japanese dancers with a few fans taking a five minute break at the Japanese Pavilion at Epcot.

m. hurst

Central Park Bethesda Terrace


I just dug out this old drawing of the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park. One of my favorite places to visit and draw in New York.


Dinner in Paris


Here is a drawing I’ve always been fond of. Not the best or most interesting, but it brings me back to 2006 and a great dinner with friends, in Paris.

Greg Betza ©2015

The Anomalies


To say that I find joy in picking a spot, sitting down and drawing is an understatement. It is like no other experience that I can compare. Part social analysis, part cultural happening—a study in shapes and patterns, motion and line—it is easy to get lost in the reportage. There is so much that comes rushing to the front of my mind, even more so when the scene is one that I have known most of my life. As I found my spot behind the press that my father runs, a job he has been doing a very long time, I couldn’t help but wonder how many  other people were holding onto a process that they fell in with a half a century or more ago. Life having changed all around them ten times over every decade in that time, but the work they do, the experience they have, built upon principles from so early on in their life. What has been passed on, and what will be lost when they hang up their hats?  —Dominick










Pencil sketch for an illustration.

Patty’s Tree


Last week was the anniversary of the day I lost my sister Patty to breast cancer. Didn’t know what to do, so I painted a watercolor of the tree that is next to her grave.

The leaves felt like tears, mixing with mine.

October is breast cancer month; if you’d like to donate, these are two organizations that helped my sister:

Support Connection

 Gilda’s Club Westchester

Thank you

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