Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Four Lunches

Here is the completed Ink wash of the drawing I did at my neighborhood PCC Market last week. Some artists may say they don't choose favorites among their works, but this is a favorite of mine. It's full, detailed, specific and with high contrast. I don't think color would add much.
By contrast, here is Mama's Mexican Kitchen. I broke my own rules about "rainbowing" a painting because this is what the place really looks like to me. My teaching mentor and I used to meet here after work to talk shop before moving on to play pool somewhere. Sadly, this Belltown landmark will be destroyed to make way for more of the boring condos that are taking over this once eccentric and unique city. Ah, well.
In pulling together the illustrations for my new book, I was interested to see how my drawing has changed over the six years since I first read Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Life. On the left is 2009's version, and on the right is today's.
If you haven't yet, please visit my Kickstarter.
The books are only $35. If I have any left after rewarding my backers, I'll sell them on ETSY but they'll be $40 there. So take advantage! And tell a friend.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Morning Yoga, The Roosevelt Room and PCC

I spend an hour most mornings a couple blocks away at Greenlake doing yoga. This is my view when my eyes are open.

Met with the Seattle Sketch Pistols at Urban Light Studios for the Greenwood Art Walk and drew the Roosevelt Room:

Today I'm finishing up this drawing of my neighborhood PCC, natural foods market:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kickstarter for my new book rebooted!


The "Early Bird" offer was very popular and sold out the first day. I have many students and "starving artist" friends who were disappointed to miss the "Early Bird" offers. I decided that I want to make that deal available to everyone interested because the purpose of this campaign is to share my art and encourage others to do so as well. I wanted to simplify the rewards so that EVERYONE can have either book for only $35, or BOTH books for $70. 

Since Kickstarter does not permit changing reward details after launch, the only way to make the "Early Bird" offer accessible to all was to start over. The good news is that you now have the ability to own these books for only $35 each. (Of course, you always have the option to pledge more than the reward level.) If you pledged before, you'll need to re-subscribe to the new, "Rebooted" version of the campaign, here:
Please help spread the word about the new special offers. I know there were many who were disappointed to have missed out the first time. 
I sincerely appreciate your continued support.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Leaving my cellphone at home.

Hello, Friends!
As you might imagine, launching a Kickstarter campaign that will determine whether your book gets printed or not can be all-consuming. Luckily, there is no reception at the place we go camping, and Donna has agreed to go for some long bike rides without our phones so I can clear my head and do some drawings without constantly checking the Kickstarter updates.
Don't get me wrong, it's fun and exciting, but if I continue on this way for 40 more days I'll be a nervous wreck.
With hope that the campaign will succeed and I'll be able to print the new book AND the first one:
I spent a good part of yesterday re-reading Now Where Was I? before making a few minor corrections and updating a few pages before uploading it to the printer for a proof. I was happy to see that it feels as fresh and relevant as when I wrote it two years ago. I even laughed out loud a few times at my own foibles. What a dork!
Donna, seen here getting a haircut in Tangletown (yes, that's really the name of the neighborhood) asked me what I was laughing at, and I had to admit I was entertained by my own writing.
Okay, we're off on another bike ride. I'm determined to finish reading Ed Catmull's book, Creativity, Inc. before it's due back to the library tonight, and do a sketch or two before I look at my Kickstarter progress again.
Because all the EARLY BIRD rewards were snatched up immediately, I've added a couple more options so people can pledge at basically the cost of the book, without the other bells and whistles. So if you were one of the many who visited the campaign too late, you might want to look again:
Okay, unplugging now! Thanks again for following along. I hope you'll share the Kickstarter campaign with your friends and family!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Kickstarter Launch!

Hey, Everybody! I've just launched the Kickstarter for my second book! I'm proud of all the drawings and excited to share. Last time the "Early Bird Specials" went fast, so you might want to check them out today. Click the image below to check it out:


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Inner-Tubes and a Haircut in Tangletown

Green River Shrub
We spent last weekend (and will this coming weekend, too) floating all day on Green River in inner-tubes. We took a sketching break when we needed to get into the shade.

Then after spending too long in front of the computer recording and editing the Kickstarter video for my new book, I followed Donna to her hair appointment in Tangletown so I could get a drawing in. The beautician moved around too much for my plodding drawing style so she didn't make the cut:

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Shelter

Met with the Sketch Pistols, the sketch group organized by Dave Adams, at the just-opened Shelter in my Greenlake neighborhood.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Still-life for the Custodian

The classroom studio where I teach has an impressive collection of still-life props. But as David Byrne once said, "Having unlimited options can paralyze you creatively." So today I imposed a constraint for my myself to draw only junk in the room that is NOT intended to be used for a still-life.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Gray Sky Studios

I'm doing a series of drawings of artist's workspaces for my upcoming book. Laura Van Horne​ and Corrie Ebel​ kindly let me sit in their studio for a couple of hours and draw the tools of their trade. They even let me choose the Pandora soundtrack (Blood, Sweat and Tears) as we chatted and worked on our separate projects. Thanks, Ladies! Check out their work here: http://www.grayskygallery.com/laura-van-horne

Monday, June 15, 2015

This is a copy of the update sent to my Kickstarter backers.

A grateful hello to my backers.
Now that the school year is ended and my Craftsy.com class launched (www.craftsy.com/ext/StevenReddy_5004_F) I can begin the video and campaign design for the reprint of Now Where Was I? and the sequel, This Is Then, That Was Now. As I mentioned in the last update, I've been working hard and I'm proud to be able to release a new 8.5" x 11" 250+ page volume of all new work created in just the last two years. 

I learned a lot designing, writing, editing and self-publishing the first book, and I'm putting it all to use in the new one. As you you may have gathered from the text of NWWI?, I like to do things independently, so when a publisher offered to print the book with changes, including reducing the book's dimensions to cut costs, I passed. I'm trying to create the kind of books I would like to read. I'm drawn to books that expose the author, foibles and insecurities included, as well as celebrate successes. There are many excellent how-to books on sketching and sketchbook journaling (I especially admire the books of Danny Gregory, Gabriel Campanario and Cathy Johnson) but I wanted to see what I'd come up with if left to my own impulses and idiosyncrasies. A little rough around the edges, but from the heart. That said, the new book will include a detailed "how-to" chapter for my friends who have requested to see the steps I use to make my drawings. 

I'm just a guy who loves to draw and teach-- not a bean counter. This is not a money-making venture for me. Every penny (and then some) of the last campaign went into printing and shipping the books. Unless one prints many thousands of copies, the cost of each full-color book is about the same as what I charge for them on my Etsy site. Selling them through Amazon is not an option since they take over half the cover cost right off the top. Therefore all sales are strictly by word-of-mouth. The first edition sold-out within months, so I can only thank you and my on-line friends for getting the word out. I hope you'll like the next book as well and will continue to spread the word and I can continue to keep making books between teaching duties. 

Since I'm hoping to raise funds to print two books this time, and a few more copies of each so they don't sell out so fast, I'll be asking for twice as much funding, which makes me nervous, naturally. It'll be embarrassing if I don't make the goal. But that's the beauty of Kickstarter: if I don't reach the goal, the only harm is to my pride. But I feel optimistic. The new book is good.
Thanks again and see you in July.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ms. Hylton's Room

Drew this during the 2nd graders' lunch break while subbing during the last month of the school year.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gage In-Class Demo

I am a slow learner. For years I have been drawing these white gell pen lines around parts of my foreground objects because I saw the oil painter Todd Schorr do it and I liked the effect. People would ask, "Why do you put those weird white lines around some things?" because it didn't quite work. But almost. Then recently I looked closer at my subject and saw the white "halo" was on the inside of the object border. Duh. There are probably books or websites or artists who could have told me this, but I have to figure out everything for myself, and like I said, I'm a slow learner.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Muddy Cup

A Muddy Cup, another Seattle coffee shop. As I sat drawing this, I listened to a production meeting for an independent thriller film at the table behind me. Really interesting and enthusiastic conversation that is now locked into this drawing whenever I look at it.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Irwin's Neighborhood Bakery and Coffee Shop

A long-time friend introduced to me this rare coffee shop I hadn't yet drawn, walking and biking distance to my house.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blue Star Café

Breakfast at Blue Star Café, Wallingford Neighborhood, Seattle. Feeling guilty for hogging the table on a busy morning so rushing it a bit.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jack Block Park

On a very early sketch crawl, years ago, the Seattle Urban Sketchers met at Jack Block Park. Donna had the idea to visit there on Memorial Day, as she'd never been. It was cool and breezy and perfect for sitting for a couple hours in the zone.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Abandoned House

This house, two blocks away, caught my eye soon after we moved to our new place near Greenlake, but I waited for a sunny day to draw it. It's clearly abandoned and overgrown, yet it's on a prime corner overlooking Green Lake. Curious as to how such potential just goes fallow.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bothell Country Village Mall

Met with the Seattle Urban Sketchers at Bothell Country Village Mall this morning. An overcast day so the lighting wasn't optimal, but a great turn-out with many new faces, including students from both my classes at Gage, and from my on-line class (www.craftsy.com/ext/StevenReddy_5004_D).

Tuesday, May 12, 2015