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Lunch sketches

Working in downtown SF was so inspiring to me, I love urban environments, so I made it a habit to go out and sketch during my lunch break. Here are some of those sketches:

Quick poses





Some quick poses from life drawing at work.

Urban sketching

I have found doing quick black and white acrylic sketches is great. Very often I want to paint something but if I’m hanging out with people, I don’t want them to have to wait for hours. I think this is a great compromise,takes very little time and makes good opportunities for study. Also, it goes WAY faster than doing the shading with pencil as I was doing it before. I still prefer oil for its “buttery” quality, but this does the trick in terms of practicality, and I’ve started to really enjoy some dry brush effects.

Fox theater


A quick sketch of the Fox theater in Redwood city. The coolest Fox theater is in Oakland though, will get to that one as well! -Pencil and digital

Zuni Pueblo Owl


Owl sculpture at the Academy of sciences in SF. A really cool place to visit. – Markers and digital.

Convenience store




San Francisco is full of people who have completely lost their minds.

Searle in America


My contribution to the “Searle in America” fundraiser auction. Proceeds financed the Ronald Searle exhibition in San Francisco. I chose to represent the crazy street chess players of market street.

Check out some of the work of other amazing contributors HERE.


Barbie dolls


Vernacular study


Study of an anonymous 1930s vernacular photo. It was perfect for studying values, interesting “clamped”, photographic values. I love vernacular photography, there is so much authenticity in them.

Cherry blossom festival


Anual cherry blossom festival in Japantown!

Purple guy




I saw this guy in a bar and felt compelled to nail him on paper. I was so intrigued by him, it looked like he had just done something terrible.

Old dude in the metro


Au vieux Chatelêt


I really miss Paris. It’s been a while since I moved but I still have great memories of sketching with friends over there. This is an old café in the Place de Chatelêt. After drooling over Daumier’s work for so long, I started taking some liberties, pushing and pulling things in and out of the light for staging purposes.

Les idées noires




An awesome totem I saw at the musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

Bar sketching in SF




Fosik exhibition


Last year there was a sculpture exhibition by A.J. Fosik in town. The flat geometric shapes were really fun to draw, but this doesn’t do justice to the scultpures at all. Google him and be blown away.

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