Andes Mountains

Andes Mountains

Here is a drawing I made for another wine label. When researching the Andes I found that what makes them distinct is the long and narrow peaks.  :) Despina

Venus vs Serena

Wimbledon 2015 by Greg Betza

A little late posting this morning because I was watching #Wimbledon. This morning’s match featured, yet again, the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. They are an amazing story…have been for a long time. Here are a few quick ink paintings I made throughout the match.

Greg Betza ©2015

American rhythm

patriotism/michele bedigian

The American dream is about spirit, envisioning possibilities and the freedom to reach for them. Above is a drawing of the Main Street Philharmonic in WDW…where so many dreams have begun. Hope you all had a peaceful and memorable weekend. – Michele Bedigian

INDEPENDENCE DAY In the year of 1776
That paper was decreed –
They were tired of oppression
And wanted to be freedThey wrote a Declaration
So the whole world would see –
This was, “the home of the brave
And the land of the free”They signed that piece of parchment
The leaders of this land –
Knowing, divided they would fall
But, together they could standA new world lay before them
Untamed from shore to shore –
They swore they would protect it
If it meant going to war

Battles have been fought –
And many lives have been lost –
So sad something so basic
Has such a high, high cost

‘Seems freedom is a luxury
There’s some would bind us all –
Like then, together, we can stand
But divided, we will fall

More than two hundred years
Have past by since that day
That each of us celebrate
In our own different way

We should be proud and thankful
Pay our share of the cost –
Not take freedom for granted
For it easily could be lost

written by Ellen Bailey

Central Park















Drawing at the park.

Ink and water color.

Eddie Peña

It’s Opening Up Now

vl_near_hemingway's_house_cubaThe US and Cuba are on a path to restore diplomatic relations on July 20 – a historic event. On my recent trip to Cuba, I saw a lot of poverty, as in this neighborhood surrounding the house that “Papa” Ernest Hemingway lived in for years. When I talk about this, people will sometimes say to me, “Well, all that will change now that things are opening up.” For the sake of the Cubans, I hope that’s true.

Thinking of Ellada



I am re-posting a drawing from a few years back that I made in Greece. I was thinking about how intertwined the culture, sea, air, and the earth are in this scene. Greece is an extraordinarily beautiful place. My thoughts are with the people of Greece who are headed for very difficult times. It is heartbreaking to see a beautiful place being torn apart by politics, corruption and money. Again.

Hopefully the following quote will prove true:

“If you deconstruct Greece, in the end you will find an olive tree, a grapevine and a boat remain. That is with as much you can reconstruct her ” -Odisseas Elytis

Despina Georgiadis


Circus performer. Pen & Ink by Greg Betza

I made this drawing last week at the Society of Illustrators. The model was a circus-style acrobat and an all around amazing athlete. Great to draw. Here are more drawings from this series.

Greg Betza ©2015

A trip to the Barbershop

Barbershop Quartet/Michele Bedigian


Believe it or not my 4 year old had never been to a barbershop before last week. Since he was small I had always cut his hair and for the most part did a decent job at keeping those locks out of his face. But as his birthday rolled around his Dad began to introduce the idea of getting a “professional cut” for the summer. So off we went with all sorts of arsenal in tow in case tears of panic struck. Tucked away I had his blankie, a yummy lollipop and his favorite superhero action figure ready to go. Yet to my surprise it wasn’t so bad. Without sounding too dramatic … relief was heard throughout the land :) Except now for the fact that his Dad hated the cut and raved when I pulled out the scissors for his little brothers stylish cut 2 days ago.

Ha!, maybe it was I who should’ve been collecting $20 bucks all this time? Have a wonderful Sunday! – Michele Bedigian

Above is a quick drawing of the infamous Main Street Brass Quarter in WDW playing away some incredible big band tune!

Concept Art















Video game concept art.

Eddie Peña


vl_intense_womanA portrait of an intense looking woman. Or maybe an intensely looking woman.

Done with mixed media.

Posted by Veronica Lawlor


Fantasy Cigar Smoker


I loved Ronnie’s previous post of the cigar smokers! It was a truly fun evening in Cuba drawing the cigar smokers at our hotel! They were so into it! It turns into this ritual fantasy. The body language tells it all! They are definitely in another zone. Could have drawn them forever!

m. hurst

Girl with Kraken tattoo

 Here is a drawing I made at the Society of Illustrators sketch night. Pen and ink. ~Despina 


greg-betza_Path Train Rider

A drawing for a Monday morning, man on a train.

Greg Betza ©2015

drawing baby hands and feet

drawing baby hands and feet/Michele Bedigian


On this very special Father’s Day I thought it’d be sweet to share an intimate sketchbook study done before my two little guys were here. With their round and tender ways a baby hands and feet for me has always been incredibly inviting to draw. To all good Dad’s (near and far), hoping your day is a treasure of moments close to your heart. Have a happy one! – Michele 

Pen and Ink study by Michele Bedigian

Playing around


A quick drawing from a few months back.—Dominick


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I really enjoy thumbnailing! This was a quick study of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Eddie Peña

Cuban Cigars


As Marg pointed out in yesterday’s post, we just returned from Cuba. I have been fighting a traveler’s cold, and not able to scan too much yet, but wanted to put up this drawing as a ‘bocadito’ – or little snack. Will be posting my drawings and thoughts on the experience on my home blog soon. I’ll just say that the extremes of Havana were there – both reality and fantasy.

We spent our last evening in the outdoor bar of the hotel, cigar bar I should say, and there were many South American men [and women] there who seemed more inclined to the fantasy side of the Havana experience. Which was, of course, fantastic to draw. Artistically, I spent a lot of time thinking about textures in my drawings there, and the colors of Cuba. It’s a very unique graphic.

Posted by Veronica



This gentleman’s name is Armando. He lives in Cuba. Ronnie, Julia and I were drawing on the waterfront in downtown Habana when this gentleman showed up. He threw flowers in the water. We asked him why he did this. He said it was for his baby daughter, that she would be well. He asked us where we were from. We said the United States. He said, “You know, everybody acts like they like Castro, but they don’t. This is what they think of him. He turned his head and spit into the water. He turned back around and looked at us and said, “I want to be free. We want to be free.”

M. Hurst


Urban Light, reportage drawing

Here is another drawing of Urban Light from the exhibit at LACMA. You can see my other reportage drawing here


The Met

reportage drawing by Greg Betza

Here is a drawing I made back a few years ago. This is the facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Always liked this one.

Happy Monday. @metmuseum #reportage #illustration #newyorkcity

Greg Betza ©2015