I am thrilled by how the thirty-day challenge worked out. When I started I thought it would just be a great way to force myself to sketch more from life, and it certainly did that. But over all, it made me slow down on my travels, to take more time to enjoy the beautiful moments in life, and to appreciate them more. From studying the intricate roofing systems of Khmer temples, the detailed friezes on ancient ruins, and river boat design on the Mekong. There were many entertaining moments like watching a water buffalo lick a tourist on the beach and a Tuk Tuk driver doing absolutely nothing all day. I had intriguing conversations with Novice Monks about Buddhism and chats with transsexual street walkers about their daily lives. All of these things would have never happened if I did not sit down and pick up my pencil.
A special thanks to Yvonne who was so patient while I spent hours hanging out and drawing every day. Also Patrick O’Brien joined in on the challenge, and has some amazing drawings which I added after mine.
Starting on April 15th, 2013 I will be repeating the Thirty Day Challenge, and I would love for anyone to join in the fun. Your art will be published in the blog and any links to your sites. Join the adventure!
All these sketches will be added to Sketches From The Road later on this month. I hope you enjoy sharing a month of my life through my sketch book.
March 31, 2013
Next to the mighty Mekong River is a large statue of Chao Anouvong, last King of Laos to live in Vientiane. There’s a road here closed off to traffic filled with people running and biking. A really great city, so glad we chilled out here.
March 30, 2013
A drawing of the main temple Wat Mixay. I met a novice monk here who explained to me about the various teachings in Buddhism, and all about the rules for being a monk. For a layman, you follow five precepts, a novice follows ten, to be a monk though you follow 126, that’s a lot of rules.
March 26, 2013
What would South East Asia be with out its Tuk Tuks, they are everywhere. Each country has their own style too. This is a typical Laotian Tuk Tuk, with lots of chrome and bright colors.
March 25, 2013
This is Makphet, a great restaurant where they train street kids to work in the industry. The food is top-notch, and the atmosphere is great too. I did this sketch while enjoying a wild boar stew, so yummy. Here’s their link for more information. Makphet
March 22, 2013
We just arrived in Vientiane exhausted after an interesting eight-hour bus journey. Found a decent place to crash and hit the western section of the city, where we enjoyed overpriced gyros, but it was good. This man was running around seeing to everyone’s needs.
March 21, 2013
Men playing Petang, a Laos version of Bocce Ball. We watched from the sidelines while eating dinner. The waitress saw the drawing and started laughing at the guy, so then all the waitresses showed up. They loved the older guy, and got a real laugh out of it. Next thing they take the drawing out to the court, and all the guys are laughing at his posture, and duplicating it. Apparently, you throw the ball with your hand down, not up. He came over and shook my hand. It was hilarious.
March 18, 2013
A cave filled with Buddhas discovered in 2004. This drawing was my quickest because we were there at 5:07, and it closed at 5. They let me draw for about seven minutes. Great place, cool story.
March 15, 2013
The worst bus ride ever, twelve hours when it was only supposed to be seven. The ride was bouncy and just a bit crazy, no air-con, overcrowded. The guy next to me offered a frog on a stick and some moonshine. Then they loaded the bus with illegal lumber, in the isle of the bus.
March 7, 2013
A technician working on my iPad at Rogue iPad specialists.http://www.roguecambodia.com/shops/phnom-penh/phnon-penh/
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
March 4, 2013
Teenage girls doing what teenagers do, chatting on their cell phones and checking Facebook as they work. This is a typical city market that has a little of everything you could ever need. It’s the Phsar Naht Market, which was built by the French in the thirties.
March 3, 2013
These sketches were done at Wat Ek Phnom, a Khmer temple built-in 11th Century. There is young man with Polio who was crawling all over the monument asking for money. The second drawing was of him.
Wat Ek Phnom, Cambodia
Special thanks go to Patrick O’Brien for joining me on the Thirty Day Challenge. The following are his sketches over the last month. You can see his work in Earth Cup Cafe in West Philadelphia. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Earth-Cup-Coffee/44964549149Great Job!
Patrick O’Brien’s Art