Everyday in February I am going to do a sketch from life. The parameters I have set for myself is fifteen minutes minimum, on the sketch pad, with pencils, inks, or brush. I will post the first fifteen that I have done here and then at the end of the month I will post all thirty drawings. Everyone is welcome to join me at any time.
I thought it was hard to draw every day when traveling; but real life is way harder. From frozen pipes again, power surges, heaters breaking down, crazy people, websites, blogs, and other things. Taking fifteen minutes is harder then ever. From Jersey to Philly, and everything in between; lets party for Mardi Gras, watching buildings on fire and incased in ice, and catching Booboo snoozing yet again.
February 1, 2015
Drawn on the exterior of a yellow folder, this was my start for the thirty day challenge. I was waiting for a tenant to show, and just started sketching. The tenant never showed, but I was really pleased with the drawing. So I decided right then and there to do one per day for the rest of the month. It helps keep my skills up, and also gets me out of the house.
February 2, 2015
Nothing like the opening of a new bar to add to the excitement of the neighborhood. This night was Philly famous Dr. Thunder working his karaoke magic. Always a good time. The location is Bar(n). Yeah, thats the name, I think its kinda silly for a name, but its a hipster bar. A huge improvement for what was there before, The Third World Lounge, in which many shootings occurred, and rumors of very illegal prostitution going on above. You really can feel the love in this drawing.
February 3, 2015
Booboo snoozing away.
February 4, 2015
Bartram’s Garden, one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets. I love this place. John Bertram was a self made man, a quaker, who became a world famous botanist before the title even existed. This is his private gardens and home. Born in the 1600’s, he helped build his house himself, planted all the gardens, and traveled all over the Eastern United states looking for new plants. He is like one of those amazing men like Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson. If you are in Philadelphia, you really need to check this out. We come here all the time to relax in nature.
February 5, 2015
Locust Moon Comic shop, the best shop in all Philly. This is not just a place to buy comics, but an amazing community of artist in Philly. They are always working hard to bring together writers, artists, and fans.
Its not just a comic shop, but a gallery and publishing house also. They have all kinds of great events like Comic Conventions, book signings, and art classes. One event they have is a Drink and Draw, where everyone is encouraged to work together in a relaxed environment well we talk all things geek and work on our art..
February 6, 2015
I bought this helmet in Seoul Korea from a man with all kind of antics. I spent four days debating it, then I went in for the negotiation. I am not sure if it is a fabrication, or the real deal, but I love it. My friends thought I was mad for buying it, and the customs guys probably got a good chuckle out of it. It sits proudly on my mantel now, and reminds me of Korea every day.
February 7, 2015
Random girl at a coffee shop.
February 8, 2015
Dahlak, West Philadelphia’s Ethiopian dive bar. This is the bar tender checking her phone on a very dead night.
February 9, 2015
Waiting for the electric company always takes a lot of time. Great time to do a drawing. This is my house on Walton Street.
February 10, 2015
Nothing like a power surge to screw your day up. The main electric line in the ground went bad, with the Neutral becoming the hot. What this did is sent way too much electricity surging into my houses on Spruce, frying the entire system out. Both heaters, fridges, and pretty much anything electric went down. Nothing better when its 5 degrees out. They worked on fixing the problem over 24 hours, but its taken me over a week to get everything back on line. This drawing is while I am waiting for the FC Haab to fix my boiler. The boiler here is about 60 to 70 years old, and works way better than my newer ones.
February 11, 2015
If you are in Center City Philadelphia during the day, I highly recommend stopping at Reading Terminal Market. This used to be the main translation for the city, and is now a huge indoor market. You can get your Amish butter, greek gyro, and fresh fish here daily. I love it, and never miss a chance to stop in. The pig is a statue in the center of the market where the money put in his mouth goes to help feed poor families.
February 12, 2015
Sometimes I get tired of drawing my dog, so I will go over to my buddies Pat’s house to draw his dogs. Next time I will try to draw his pet squirrel, which jumps all over the place, including on my head.
February 13, 2015
Two guys chit chatting at the deli.
February 14, 2015
Nothing like Mardi Gras, Valentines day, and baby showers to make for a busy Saturday. But we managed to get to them all, and have a great time doing it. This is my friends Rob and Kathy’s world famous Mardi Gras party, where the jambalaya is spicy, the hurricanes flow, and woman get crazy. Nothing to top it off with a nice snow storm with 50 mile per hour winds.
February 15, 2015
We decided to stop at Graces Tavern to get lunch today. A little girl was working away on her art, so I decided to sketch her as she drew.
You’re really good. I envy you. I used to draw before RA sets in. The woman with a beanie looks like me. I love your sketches.
Thanks! I am working on getting better. When I was in college this stuff was easy because I was drawing literally 60 hours week. But now I am so busy running my business I might not draw for weeks. Its sad how that works. So now I am making myself draw.
Yes, the one from the 1st is wonderful, I agree with you. I also love the little artist sketching at a too-high table. My favourite is the 10th. Oh my gosh, it’s just so fabulous.
Thanks. The boiler drawing is my favorite of the bunch. Such an ugly machine, yet its really interesting. Plus I was stuck down there for hours, freezing as we tried to get the heat going, so I figured why not do something with my time. Thanks for checking them out.
great sketches – love the first dog one, and the one of your house…
Thats my little girl Booboo. Ninety percent of the time you can find her lazing around some where. The rest of the time she is barking at other dogs walking at our window.
This is fantastic! You get a lot done with each stroke. Nicely done.
Thans for checking it out.
What an inspiring post! Keep moving Michael.
Thanks so much for checking it out. Heading to art museum now to do a sketch.
These are beautiful 😀
Thanks Tammy. Working on some more now. Stopped at the Philadelphia Art Museum last night for “pay what you want night”, and did a drawing of the gorgeous Kano prints. They are really amazing. I loved them.
Hi Michael, I love your sketches and this is just the push I need. I would love to send a sketch a day but believe it or not, I don’t have any idea how to get it from myself to your site. Attach in email?
Oh it’s easy. You can scan your drawings in, or just take a photo with your phone. Then you can email them. It’s not like we are printing them, so they don’t have to be hires. Just make sure they are focused. I look forward to seeing them.
Great sketches! I particularly like Feb 10th. Very detailed! 🙂
Thanks. Thats my favorite too. I did spend the most time with that one though, so it makes sense that its the nicest.
Love these sketches. Thank you for liking my post. 🙂
Amazing work u have done 🙂 thumbs up
Thanks so much for checking it out. I love everything about it, except I am probably being bad tonight and not doing it. Better get to it I guess.
Thanks for checking it out. I am thinking of going for a 365 day challenge, art every day. I will have to see if I have the discipline for it.
Then wish u good luck 🙂
i love feb. 2 and feb. 10.
The tenth is my favorite from that batch. Love the gritty industrial feel of it.