Sketchbook Detour

***Temporary Sketchbook Detour***

I began a solo motorcycle trip from Los Angeles on Friday, June 22, 2012, heading north, as far as I'm having fun. I'll be updating my sketchbook with posts from the road, and not necessarily artwork. I'm too beat by the time I'm in camp or in a cheap motel.

I'll continue with the sketches when I get back in a few weeks.

Yeah right! It's been months! I'll get back to it as I finish up some classes and have more time again. Maybe in another month, like in February, 2013.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

White-Out Doodle of a Woman


I bought a white-out pen at the local 99 cent store.  These places rule.  In Venice, CA, it's an excitng place, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings when the place gets really weird.  There'll be pimps and prostitutes arguing across aisles, while other folks are arguing with people that you can't see.  These are just some examples that are easily described.  Oops.  I digress.

So I've been looking for a way to cover up my black ink in my drawings.  This is a step in the right direction.  It's not quite right, but at least it's opaque enough to hide the black ink.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Riding with Alaskan Grizzly Bears

Giant, man-eating grizzlies and mosquito birds of prey are around every corner and I need to have some bear bangers, and bear spray to defend myself while changing my completely shredded tires as I'm knee deep in the ultra-low-viscosity mud-mixture that makes up Alaskan roads.  From my research into riding my DR650 dual sport bike up through Alaska, this is pretty much the scene I'm expecting.  That's what the internet literature implies, anyway.  Sounds exciting, but I'm thinking that keeping my camera's batteries, iPod, and other electronics charged might be my big worry while on the road.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Skinny Girl Sketch


I did this in ink first, then wanted more highlights, so I threw it into Photoshop and painted white all over.  I feel like it's cheating, but until I find a good white that will cover up the black ink I use, this will do.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Quick Ink Drawing of Ansel Adams


Here's a drawing I did from a photo of Ansel Adams, 1960, by Nancy Newhall.  He had it figured out...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BMW 800 GS Adventure Touring Bike Drawing


Here's a quick sketch of a F800 GS.  I love the look of those BMW headlights.  This seems like a very versatile size of bike for combined road and off-road touring.  Quick and comfortable enough for roads and small and nimble enough for trails.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Motorcycle Riding in a Lightning Storm Ink Drawing


Last year I was riding my Suzuki DR650 dual sport through a desolate stretch of road in Arizona or Utah and was caught in a nasty lightning storm.  I had been watching rain storms rolling across the country for several days and thought I knew when I needed to turn around or don my rain gear.  This one caught me in the middle of nowhere.  The road was elevated  and I couldn't get off to stop and hide, so I ducked my head and bolted towards town.

Lightning began striking way too close to me.  The closest strike left an imprint on my retina.  Way too close!

Rules for dealing with lightning tell you to get indoors, or if you can't do that, get off the ridge (like the elevated one that I'm flying down), stay away from tall objects, stay away from large flat areas (like the area around my elevated road), and stay away from wet things and conductors of electricity.  Eek!

What does one do if CAUGHT in a lightning storm?  I'll avoid all future storms, but what should I have done?  What do you do?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Attitude Chick Drawing


I raced through this one in just a few minutes.  And now that I look at it, I feel that I captured the vibe, but something is off in the drawing.  I know the neck looks weird, I think that's the hair blocking part of it. And the other part is a veil or cloth, FYI.  Maybe I'll come back to this and see what I can do...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dirtbike Ink and Photoshop Drawing


I'm thinking that you'll see more motorcycle related art over the next few months.  I'm starting to plan my ride from Los Angeles up to Inuvik, up in the Arctic circle, so my mind is currently obsessed with everything motorcycle touring.

I started this drawing using my Kuretake brush pen and smudging the ink.  The smudging got out of hand and I'm still looking for a white paint (or ink) that will cover the black I put down.  So without the highlights I wanted, I got to playing with Photoshop.  That's fun.  I need to do some more computer drawing.