Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sketches from Europe: A view of Delphi

Delphi is still one of my favorite places to visit. I would like to go and spend a few days there. It is so peaceful and beautiful. Here is a sketch looking down on the temple of Apollo from my last visit in February.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Preliminary work for Vermont Children's Theater

I hope to have this completed soon. Here is the preliminary drawings for the poster for Shrek Jr the Musical. This has been fun drawing all the fairy tale creatures.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Rowlet


My youngest son wanted me to draw this because this pokémon has a bow tie. Rowlet is a new starter pokémon from Pokémon Sun game. I have never been into the game, but I could not pass up this wonderful opportunity to spend time with my son drawing.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sketches from Greece: The Acropolis

These are two sketches from the acropolis. The top is looking up at the entrance to the Acropolis. The other is The Erechtheum. This second visit to the site proved to be more productive drawing wise. My first visit 2 years ago I struggled to draw anything.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sketches from Greece: The Isle of Hyrda

One the last day of my trip to Italy and Greece we visited the island of Hyrda. It is a beautiful island where no vehicles are allowed. Most people walk or travel by donkey. It was beautiful except for the plethora of cats. These are two of the sketches I was able to make while on the island.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sketches from Rome: Piazza Navona

Although I have been drawing, I have limited access to my scanner at this point, so I have been unable to scan in new work. I realized, in all my excitement to get out a daily Bow Tie Guy, that I forgot about my sketches from my last trip to Italy and Greece.

Here is my sketch from Piazza Navona. I love drawing in Europe. I love taking my students on these trips and seeing their drawing skills improve.

Although I continually see room for improvement in my drawing skills, I also recognize improvement. I strongly believe it is the quantity of drawing that helps you improve.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Vermont Sketches: Church Street Burlington

Yesterday, I took my sketching class to Church Street in Burlington. This is an excellent place to sketch people. It was a beautiful day and I was so happy just sketching and watching people.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

More Sketches of Vermont: Lyndonville

On Monday afternoon, we visited downtown Lyndonville and sketched. Here are a few of my drawings of the Green Mountain Book Store, The Catholic Church, and a view of Depot Street on Route 5.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sketches from Vermont

Yesterday my sketching class spent the day in East Burke Vermont and Lyndonville. These are a few of the sketches I did while there. The top is the Congregational Church, the middle is the River Garden Cafe (a favorite place for me and Julia to eat that is now closed) and the Country Store in East Burke. 

I find that as I drive around now I am seeing things I want to draw. This is the start of that. I love sketching on location. It is o peaceful.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Vermont Children's Theater

This is the first of three illustrations for this years Vermont Children's Theater productions. This is for   an original musical Matinicus, Through the Storm. It is based on the story of Abbie Burgess. The director requested a lighthouse. I pulled my insight sketches as references and created this one.

I will not be posting as many bow tie guys this week as I am teaching a weeklong class in insight sketching all day.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Tarasque


A tarasque is a creature that hails from Southern France. It is described as being dragon like, with a lion's head, six short legs and a turtle shell.  In legend it destroyed the landscape. The king attacked it with all he could but it had no effect on the beast. Finally Saint Martha tamed the creature with hymns and prayers. She brought it to the town where they attacked the beast and killed it because it would not fight back.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Elephant Shrew

Elephant Shrew (ˈeləfənt SHro͞o)

Another Bow Tie Guy from my Elephant Series, the elephant shrew or jumping shrew is a native to Africa. They were named elephant shrews because of the trunk like snout and the resemblance to a shrew. The irony is that the elephant shrew is neither elephant or shrew. Although, they are more closely related to an elephant than a shrew.

They are also one of the fastest small animals. They have been known to tun up to 17 miles per hour.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Ankylosaurus

Ankylosaurus (aNGkiləˈsôrəs)

This guy has been on my list to do for quite some time. I like the personality this one has. The ankylosaurus is an armored dinosaur that lived over 66 million years ago during the end of the Cretaceous Period. It was the last of the non-avian dinosaurs.