Saturday, January 30, 2016

This Week Around Town

Planet Java Diner

The Bounty, Stone Way

Mr. Allard's Classroom

Planet Java
In-class Demonstration

Out of necessity, my Gage class uses the still-life to practice the ink wash and Uniball technique. The class was conceived as an outdoor experience but the unpredictable Seattle weather and the after-dark hours of the winter class made that impractical. However, the approach is exactly the same: little to no penciling, committing to gestural contours, quick diluted washes and a little hatching.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Donna, Coffee Roaster and a couple of Automatic Drawings.

Donna on her phone.

Coffee Roaster at this morning's sketch outing with the Seattle Urban Sketchers.


Tree house.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Trying out some ideas, I drew this from a photo, but as if I was on location: no pencil work, no erasing, no digital touch-ups.

Listened to Charlie Kauffman on the Marc Maron podcast.

I've been a fan of Nicholson Baker since he wrote The Mezzanine in 1988.

Discovered a new drawing-friendly diner in Pioneer Square, Planet Java.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New tool.

Having fun learning how to use the Pentel Brush Pen.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Books shipped.

I spent Christmas eve packing over 300 books for shipping around the world. Outside the US, Singapore and Australia were the most common destinations. Books also went to Canada, Germany, the UK, Malaysia, Sweden, Ireland, and Japan. 6 books went to South Korea. Thanks everybody! Let me know what you think when you get them. You can post reviews to and on at

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

They're here!

Hot off the press. Get 'em while they're hot. Shipping now.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

New book(s) at the printer!

I've been a busy boy. The new book is being printed as you read this. Go to
Teaching workshops at the Gage. Here's today's in-class demo:
 Goofing around in my sketchbook when I'm stuck waiting somewhere:
I have a show of 20 prints at The Flying Apron Bakery in Seattle for the month of December:
And I've been brushing up on my people-drawing by drawing from photos in the Seattle Times:
Still subbing for Seattle Schools when my friends need me, and responding to my students questions about my on-line class:

Everything's coming up roses.
Now back to work,

Monday, October 12, 2015

Catching up.

Chez Lawrence
I've been so focused on my new book, THIS IS THEN, THAT WAS NOW, that I haven't been updating this blog. Of course, if you want to stay current, the site to visit is Meanwhile, here are some of the more recent drawings I've done.

Four Star Manufacturing

Mr. Allard's Desk

Our House

Fall in Seattle


Monday, September 7, 2015

Building a book.

It's three in the morning and I woke up with my head racing with ideas for the new book, but before I dive in I thought I'd update this old site quickly. A lot has happened since I last checked in here at blogspot. If you haven't yet signed up at the new website, please do. It's more current and complete than this one. 
I picked up the shipping materials for sending my books to the Kickstarter backers. $500 of bubble wrap and cardboard boxes:

I'm pretty diligent about getting regular maintenance on the car, which is made more tolerable by bringing along my sketchbook:

Here is my friend Terry's workspace, drawn for my new book:

And I saw this urban still-life and had to capture it:
I'm working hard and happily on This Is Then, That Was Now. September is dedicated to laying out the visuals and making the book gorgeous, and October is for editing the text and final proofs. That leaves November for printing. My plan is to have it out by the holidays. 

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.

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:

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!

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: