I went for a 2 hour ride on the train today just to draw and get out the studio. I did several nice drawings and this is one of them. I had a large audience tonight as there were many fans commuting from the San Francisco Giants game.
I must admit it was a task to ignore the on-lookers and concentrate on my studies.
On another note:
I consider all of my drawings to be finished works. Leonardo Da Vinci rarely finished his works as written by art historians, I wonder if he felt that many of his works "were" finished that are now deemed to be unfinished sketches. To me it is all a question of confidence, if you have it then everything you do can be a final product, even quick rough schematic drawings done for preparation and planning.
I bend the boundaries and destroy the line between a throw away sketch and a polished work.
- Dawood 2012
I have been teaching drawing for about 6 years, I teach at a number of places Oakland and San Francisco currently. I would like to travel the U.S teaching and sharing my knowledge and inspiration as I have received request, so if you would like me to come to your city to hold drawing workshops contact me and lets work it out.
This is a good drawing buddy of mine. I drew her as she drew me, we've been doing this for the past couple weeks. I caught her "On the down stroke" (when she looks down at her drawing). This is the first portrait drawing I've done this year with color (I think- if you find another dated this year let me know:). I broke out my tubes of gouache for this one and used them like watercolors, hardly any opaque layers.
Ballpoint on paper
Done in about 10 - 15 mins
This was a quick 8-10 min drawing I did on the bus today. Hadn't road the bus in a while which is why I haven't been posting my infamous ballpoint pen drawings of people on public transit.
Anyhow, this lady was sitting across from me and was so deep into her book, I didn't feel like it at the time but I still pulled my book and began to wiggle the pen to see what would happen. This was the first drawing of this level of detail I've done in over a month, it was fun.
By the way, "reading" on the bus and train has been taking the place of my drawing. Recently a strong love for reading has gotten hold of me and now my sketchbook and reading material are at war. The problem is when I am reading, my curiosity of who is getting on the train or bus disturbs my reading. I can't help but to look to see if it's someone with an interesting look that I may want to draw. So I end up re-reading sentences and paragraphs over Ha ha. It's really funny how when I leave my sketchbook at home, the train is full of interesting characters and when I leave my reading material at home, I don't see anyone I want to draw.
Lady Reading On Public Transit
Ballpoint on paper