lauren and stephanie ink sketches

Lauren and Stephanie sketches in ink

#inaccurateportraits On the left, done with a calligraphy pen with no predrawing in pencil. These are very challenging to get a good likeness, but I do these exercises because they are very good training to improve my drawing skills. The one of Lauren sort of looks like her. The lower one of Stephanie barely looks like a person. 😅 On the right, a redo of Stephanie, starting in pencil and working in a very finepoint Micron pen. It sort of looks like Read more…

H Is for Helmeted Hornbill final artwork

H Is for Helmeted Hornbill, in watercolor and ink

“H Is for Helmeted Hornbill”, part of my Endangered Alphabet series.This beautiful large bird is near extinction due to poaching. The boxy casque on top of its bill is solid and carvable like ivory. Sadly, thousands of birds are being slaughtered to make Buddha tchotchkes. If a male is killed while his mate is nesting, the mother and nestlings all die of starvation too. Watercolor, ink, and gel pen on hot press cotton paper, 8″ Read more…

Red-Billed Hornbill: Chalk It Up to Sacramento festival 2018 final artwork

Red-Billed Hornbill: Chalk It Up to Sacramento festival 2018

Chalk It Up to Sacramento is a chalk art festival that raises money to provide art grants for K-12 schools in the Sacramento region. This weekend was my 19th year as a volunteer artist, and I completed two squares together. My sponsor was City of Rocklin Mini Maker Faire, which is a wonderful event in October. My drawing here is of a Red-billed Hornbill, a native of sub-Saharan Africa. This particular guy is a cutie Read more…