Thursday, September 26, 2013

What type?

The local AIGA chapter is hosting Design Week here in Houston. A different activity each day. Speakers and presentations etc. On Thursday I went to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts for the Design Week presentation by Jonathan Hoefler. He is a type designer, specializing in web fonts. Since I am a graphic designer mostly working with print media, web fonts are relatively new to me. Now I know - print fonts on the web are bad, don't do it.
At the end there was a Q&A segment. One of the Q-ers was pretty enthusiastic, her comment, "I'm not a designer, so I'm like WHOA…is this Sci-Fi?". She cracked me up. A theatre with a couple hundred people to hear this dude talk about pixels and letter spacing. Nerdville and I'm a resident.

Jonathan Hoefler at AIGA Houston Design Week

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Last year in Santo Domingo

Another sketch from last year. This was from the very busy steps in front of the Mercado. Lots of life going on in this area.  Two 7 year old boys kept me company while I drew this. Although we didn't speak the same language we had a nice visit.

Hanging out with Picasso in Barcelona

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The show must go on…

High school band is back in full swing, and has been since the first of Aug. At the end of summer just before school starts back up, they put on a little exhibition for the parents. Wouldn't you know it starts raining on the performance field just before the exhibition was due to start. All the instruments were wheeled back into the small gym. The band has 300 kids, so you can imagine how many parents and family members were on hand. Way more than fit comfortably in the gym. We ended up sitting on the floor around the edge of the basketball court. We had an up close and personal view of all the horn section. You could even say we had "smell-a-vision". August - Texas - afternoon practice. You get the picture. The first sketch is of the warm up that the kids do to loosen up. Then the drum line and all the kids listening to the band instructors. This was about as public as I have sketched in "real life" not a sketchcrawl or off to the side somewhere out of the way.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pink shoes, pointy churches and parting ways.

The Cinderella Shoes Store was a severe departure from its gothic surroundings. Old stone walls surrounded this hot pink shop full of extremely high platform shoes. I did see women teeter tottering down the street in some very high shoes that weren't a good choice for the uneven walking surfaces in Barcelona.

The architect sketchers in the group drew much more anatomically correct versions of this beautiful cathedral. 

 Last sketch before leaving 4th USK Symposium. boo hoo.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pickin' and eatin'

Easter weekend we took a trip up to visit one of my sisters and her family and stayed in Denton, Texas. It was perfect spring weather.
Downtown  Denton is centered around a large country courthouse and is lively with bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and funky old antique shops. Every Saturday morning a group of musicians gather on the courthouse lawn for a little pickin'. My uncle is the one playing the big bass. They play a range of country and bluegrass music.
One evening we went to eat at Rooster's home of the Hell Burger, a burger doused in ghost pepper sauce. (Only the hottest chili in the world, as recognized by Guinness Book of World Records. According to the Scoville scale of pepper pungency, the ghost pepper (aka India’s Bhut Jolokia chili pepper), is 300 times hotter than a jalapeno and 10 times hotter than a habenero). I wanted to survive the weekend so skipped the blazing burger. The mash up of neon and cheezy decorator touches gave me plenty to sketch.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Back to Barcelona

Barcelona Summer 2012
Do you recognize the roof details? The roof of Palau Guell designed by Antonio Gaudi.
Bar Veldromo - I will return there, a groovy neighborhood bar with a laid back vibe. Some old guys playing pool and another group of old guys playing dominos in the loft area, from the sounds of it.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sketch Crawl 38, Jan 19, 2013

I joined the group of Houston (and surrounding area) sketchers for World Wide Sketch Crawl 38 at the Julia Ideson Library in downtown Houston. A marble bust, architectural detail and sketcher Chris. 
Strathmore toned sketchbook, ebony pencil and white Conté pencil.