December 27, 2008

Color Pencil, 10 x 9", 2008.

A new sketchbook begins. These color pencil drawings were done at a figure drawing workshop nearby my home.

Color Pencil & Ballpoint pen, 10 x 9", 2008.

Ballpoint pen, 10 x 9", 2008.

I took a quick trip to San Francisco last week. (There's a bit of LAX in the drawing above.) Thanks so much to Dice and Mei for being such great hosts. Dice gave us a tour of Pixar, which seemed like retreating into a warm inviting blanket. An amazing work environment, certainly, but I seem to enjoy more the harsh wilderness of being a sole proprietor. They had a craft fair that day at Pixar--it was great to run into folks like Enrico and Ronnie, who I've chatted with at various events over the years. Enrico gave me a copy of his new book, an inspiring tale of love and drawing which I read on the way home.

I also visited my friend, Jay Sacher, at Chronicle Books. In the picture you can see a drawing I had done of him in his office. He was less bearded back then. Jay is also a wonderful writer, and you can follow his stories at the Golden Circle.

And while I'm plugging away, Rob Sato will be having a show at GR2 on January 27th.

Ink & Acrylic, 10 x 9", 2008.

Ink, Charcoal, & Acrylic, 10 x 9", 2008.

Ink & Acrylic, 10 x 9", 2008.

Ink & Acrylic, 10 x 9", 2008.

Ink & Acrylic, 10 x 9", 2008.

After seeing the Nara show at Blum and Poe last week, Gary Baseman invited me to have dinner with him and the Ryden family. Gary and Mark asked if they could draw in my sketchbook, so of course I happily obliged. Above is the combined efforts of Mark Ryden, Baseman, Steven Ryden, J-9 Ryden, and Marion Peck.