I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sketchcrawl 17: Portsmouth Square S.F.

One of my more relaxed sketches on the crawl--as in, I was calm. The drawing seems to reflect this as well somehow. A detail of the sketch is here.

Another good and relaxing Sketchcrawl. Three day weekend and a Sketchcrawl called for Saturday. I must've been a good boy. Took the Bart over and met up with everybody at Portsmouth square. There was a good sized contingent there already drawing away. Enrico took a count and we had around sixty, give or take. A good turn out for what was a cold sunny day in San Francisco.

Had a great time. Didn't draw as much but meeting all you lovely folks for a day of drawing outside sure does a mind/body good. Our subjects were the good people of Chinatown who were there going about their day of congregating with friends, family and maybe take in a rousing game of cards.

From that overpass crossing Kearny St. I drew two elder gentlemen sharing a newspaper article. Great vantage point to see all the Sketchcrawlers, too. Click image for a lager pic.

The men and ladies of the square tended to be seniors and they had such character in their faces and garb. We've been here before for a Sketchcrawl and we don't seem to tire of the place. At one point our subjects turned their curiosity on us and looked over our shoulders to see what or who we were drawing.

An army travels on its stomach. True of our corps as well. Enrico, Bolhem and I hoofed if over to the House of Nanking. The chef took care of us after we fumbled with our menus--and that he did. The food was excellent! The tea arrived and we marveled at how luscious it looks with all the leaves and colorful buds. And it tasted great. Happy and full we sauntered over to Zoetrope for an espresso drink and dessert. Now that's what I call a Sketchcrawl.

I love seeing everyone's sketches at the end of the day, always a treat. Thanks to all who participated. See you at the forums and at the next Sketchcrawl.

Portsmouth Square
House of Nanking

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Blogger J said...

I love your stuff from this sketchcrawl Ronnie. Your drawings are like little Haiku; sparse in form but rich in life. Envy, envy. That little book you were carrying is an absolute treasure.

4:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


The Gods of Editorial are looking down from the heavens and smiling. Between the Sketchtravel piece which was more deliberate and designed to the sparse tree and sketchcrawler which is more spontaneous, story as a one piece as opposed to Storyboard is CALLING for you. I can see them hanging in Society of Illustrators or cover of New Yorker one day.


8:12 PM

Blogger Lee-Roy said...

I second cK's comment re: the New Yorker and j's comment re: Haiku. Very peaceful. You can feel the calmness coming through, for sure.

Great seeing your sketches here and on the forum, as I didn't see them at the crawl. It was a pleasure getting to meet you. If I don't run into you again while I'm in town this visit, perhaps at another crawl... and feel free to get in touch if you're ever in L.A. and have a thirst for coffee!

8:45 PM

Blogger Shawn Escott said...

Awesome sketches! The people sitting on the park bench is great. Simple and beautiful in design. It looks like so much fun to go on these sketch crawls!

11:10 AM

Blogger Paul Tuller said...

This was a great crawl, thanks for hosting it!! [Even though I could only be there for an hour or so]

I like the clean pages you did, with nice composition void of too much background

12:54 PM

Blogger Sandra Khoo said...

Dangit! Missed the Sketch Crawl again! But thanks very much for sharing the pics and beautiful sketches,Ronnie. Awesome work as always! Cheers!

1:25 AM

Blogger flaviano said...

good idea to put an oekaki board!
but as i said here i'm at the third paint but when i save (jpg or png)still do an error. i've done something wrong?

7:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work. Keep em up.

12:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, love your work.

12:05 AM

Blogger flaviano said...

hi Ronnie, you have to check this japan artist and his oekaki board. seems like he paint with butter, hope you like it!

9:44 AM

Blogger Albert Sorrentino Jr. said...

Really enjoy looking through your blog!!! Awesome watercolor studies!

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Blogger Alberto GarcĂ­a said...

Grrrreat! I love this one...

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