Pocket sketchbook

A peek inside the small notebooks I always carry around.

Sketch of green house in Greenwood

Spending a few hours working on a big sketch can be very gratifying, but it’s the small drawings I make during unexpected pockets of time that I often enjoy the most. I drew this charming little house in the Greenwood…

Sketch tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Gingsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Gingsburg spent her whole life fighting for gender equality and women’s rights, first as a lawyer and later as the second woman ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. I read a bunch of news stories…

Pencil sketches on my pocket sketchbook

I like to fill pockets of time here and there drawing on my pocket sketchbook. Above are recent spreads done with a good-old 2B pencil. 1. Trees and geese near Green Lake. Sketched while sitting for a break after a…

Cretacolor Nero soft 2

These oil-base charcoal pencils are fun to use. The are mostly smudge and water-resistant.

Amsterdam Oosterdok

Ballpoint pen sketch on a hot summer day while attending the 10th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Amsterdam.

Jumping into a drawing while my friends jump into a lake

Glacials melt directly into this alpine lake in the North Cascades. The water is ice-cold. But that didn’t stop my friends Ahmed and Ben from jumping for a swim after a 5-mile run up to this gorgeous piece of wilderness. I…

El Castillo de Montemolín

The Castle of Montemolín, “el castillo” as I’ve called it since I was a kid, is one of more than 300 medieval fortresses embedded in the landscape of Badajoz, the Spanish province where my ancestors hail from. It started as…