Process

Hot-dog stand sketch: a behind-the-scenes look at the process

I can’t believe it took me so long to try a cream-cheese-slathered “Seattle dog” from Betty Aklilu’s Deez Dogz stand at Fifth Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle. Read the full column: For the owner of Deez Dogz, it’s…

From pencil to ink

If you aim to make ink sketches with a certain degree of accuracy, it helps to block out the composition in light pencil first. I like to use an H pencil for that part of the process. The pencil marks…

Sketching the University of Washington oceanographic research ship

A few behind-the-scene snapshots from a wonderful time sketching the University of Washington scientific research vessel Thomas G. Thompson and some crew members. Main sketch process: Light drawing with H pencil; ink line with Carbon Desk Fountain pen on 11…

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…