Friday, February 27, 2015

Figure Drawing at the TSA

I spent three wonderful hours sketching this model at the TSA open figure drawing class tonight. This is my second time drawing her and by far she is the best model I drawn at these sessions. Steady as a rock.

On a technical note, sketching a 3 hour pose in pen seemed a lot like painting with watercolours. Every move had to be planned in advance or else the drawing as a whole wouldn't look right. I think I'll live on the edge again next week.

Monday, February 16, 2015

sketchbook-- riding the rails

I was travel east on the Bloor line and there was only two stops left. Amazingly there were three people sleeping around me. I felt like a kid in a candy shop and I couldn't decide who to sketch. So I decided on the lady in front of me. I hope it happens again.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Up Close and Personal #7


Breaking in a new sketchbook at a place that shall not be named.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Anna Karoliina Koskinen, part 2.

Karoliina, a friend and a fellow artist have been sitting for each other in our own mini portrait painting sessions. This is the second installment of "Karoliina".

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sketchbook - subway sleeping

I love to see people sleeping on the subway. More people should do it. It makes my sketching easier. Pass the word on , please.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Bloor Gladstone Library people.

Dufferin Mall mall rats. Seen at the food court. I've noticed that when I sketch the older demographic and when they notice what I'm doing, they don't care. They just keep on doing what they were doing. Like this gentleman here. Thank you sir for not freaking out.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Figure drawing at the TSA

Its been a while since I've been to a figure drawing class. Tonight I decided to change that stat and went to the open figure drawing class at the Toronto School of Art. The session lasted 3 hours, with some breaks sprinkled amongst the 3 hours. All the poses were 10 and 15 minutes. Great length to just get down the essentials. I'll be sure  go to the next one.


The last spread of the evening. The drawing on the left is my favourite from the evening, nice and loose.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Up Close and Personal #4, 5 + 6

#4, oil on masonite, 6x8"

#5, oil on masonite, 6x8" 
Self portrait in 3 parts, part 1

#6, oil on masonite, 6x8" 
Self portrait in 3 parts, part 2

Friday, January 02, 2015

Up Close and Personal #2 + #3

"The Drool King"
8x8 oil on canvas

"Catching Flies"
8x8 oil on canvas

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

sketchbook, the sleeping giant.

The sleeping giant (that's what I'll be doing when the ball drops). My last sketch for 2014.
Looking forward to what kind of new art I'll be up to in 2015.
All the best to my friends in the new year.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Subway sketching and one

After a week and a half of being under the weather and no desire to sketch, it was nice to get out  from under that cloud and put some ink on paper.

Monday, December 08, 2014


Sketching at the Cafe Neon after my physio appointment.
A little…


Just right!

Monday, November 17, 2014

sketchbook: A bit of walking and a bit of drawing

I decided to walk west on Bloor. Just walk. I stopped off at the Runnymede Library for the first time and spent most of my time there. A lot of mucked spreads but I managed to salvage two, the two I've uploaded here. My next stop was to get a coffee and of course, some sketching. I was looking for a non franchise coffee house that had something that piqued my drawing interest. The Coffee Tree fit those criteria.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Some afterwork sketching at Dufferin Mall... it's been too long, my old friends.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sketchbook : The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, v.2014

I've been to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for the last few years now and as a city person, it's great to see live stock other than raccoons and squirrels. Plus the cattle and pigs don't move as much and they make for great models.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

sketchbook - Riding the rails

I spent a few hours riding the subway people sketching. Where else can you get so many models for three dollars. I'd say it was a well spent three dollars.

Friday, October 31, 2014


Chipping away at the 10000 hours today after work at the Bloor Gladstone library. 

Instead of the standard drawing of a person reading that I've drawn so many times before, I wanted to practice my perspective. I realized that my sense of proportion and perspective are a bit off so I think I'll concentrate on that for the next little while (hopefully). But I will sneak in a drawing or two of people.

So... besides my home "studio" and cafes, this is where I probably draw the most.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


A street scene (Christie, just south of Dupont) from the parking lot of my work place, drawn over two lunch periods.

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Up Close (and Personal?) #1"

oil on masonite, 6"x8"


Oil on masonite, 9"x12"
Done over three, three hour sessions.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


I've been thinking a lot lately about putting in the "mileage". Drawing a lot. Chipping away at the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell believes any person needs under their belt to achieve pro status. So today I did a mini sketch crawl on my own around the waterfront.

 This actually was drawn yesterday. Another addition to the "Stan the Man" series. Aka. my dad.

Toronto's Union Station, the city's transportation hub that was modelled after New York City's Grand Central Station.

After the station drawing I wandered down to the waterfront to sketch some boats. There's nothing like a stiff, cold wind up the pant leg to quicken up the pen strokes.

The last sketch of the day. Being a voyeur and sketching a metalsmith work on her jewelry at the Harbourfront Centre's open air studio.