Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Christians

In San Francisco while waiting on the cable car at Market & California I would kill time by sketching the locals. There would be police standing around directing traffic or a construction worker in an orange vest stopping pedestrians from getting crushed by the cable car. Amid the chaos, standing quietly and patiently were the Christian representatives with their leaflet stands and bibles. They would be there in all weather. The masses scampering to or from work never engaged with them. About the only souls to interact with them were aggressive drunks who would hurl abuse but the Christians would remain stoic or smile politely.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On the trail of Replicants . . .

I headed Downtown Los Angeles to hunt down locations used in Ridley Scott's 'Bladerunner'. I made a short film of the sketch I made of the iconic interior of the amazing Bradbury Building. It was used memorably in the film as the iconic building where toy-maker J. F. Sebastian lives.

On this trip we got access to the top floor where I sketched the iconic elevator that Darryl Hannah exits in 'Bladerunner'.

 Deckard's apartment in the film was the famous 'Ennis House' in Los Feliz designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Drawing Venice

Venice, California that is. I explore the tranquil Venice canals with its beautiful houses only a few blocks from the craziness of Venice Beach.

You can see more of my painting & sketching videos here , here and here !

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays 2014!

Isn't it Christmas yeti?

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Some friends and I have been getting together once a fortnight for an evening of improvised sketching and painting. With Manu Arenas, Stephane Kardos and Nicolas Weis. I cut together the footage I shot on my phone.

On the second occasion we worked with the themes of 'Greek Mythology' and 'Fairy Tales'. We covered 2 huge reams of paper in spontaneous character designs. Both pieces are for sale.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sketchcrawl-San Francisco Museums

Leaving San Francisco I'll miss its world-class museums. I saw some great exhibitions and there are countless artifacts to draw in their collections.

The DeYoung Museum

The Legion of Honor

'Hamadryas Baboon' ca. 1910 Rembrandt Bugatti

Asian Art Museum

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Mother Hen project

My piece for the upcoming charity fundraiser The Mother Hen Project.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Matt Cruickshank and I cruised down the Northern Californian coast to sleepy surfing community Pacifica. We painted the jettys and found a cool, wooden shark sculpture to draw.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


In early october I embarked on a painting and camping weekend in Goldrush country with artist pals Mike Dutton and Matt Cruickshank.

Mike's trusty camper-van was our base of operations for 3 days on the road.

 We found a basin with scorched paths winding through marshland and scrub. The orange rock was striking. The heat was so intense we had to make it quick.

 North San Juan

In North San Juan this hot-rod stretch limo pulled up to the saloon bar we were cooling off in.

'Gold Bug Stamp Mill, Auburn'

Back in 2012 I trekked out to 'arrested decay' ghost-town Bodie with my old Aardman Animation chum Ash Boddy. I finally cut together the footage from that trip. My original post with all the sketches is here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Gesture Lab

Latest from Gesture Drawing class. . .

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bay Area Sketchcrawl summer 2014

 The 'Russian Mansion' on Alamo Square.

 Haight and Masonic. The nudist strolled past and into my picture, his modesty preserved by a golden fig leaf! The freaks, hippies, beatniks and junkies still flourish in Haight Ashbury.

 A trip to Berkeley Marina. The pier above stretches 3000 ft into the Bay!

 Mojo Bicycle Cafe on Divisadero.

 A couple views from the top of Piedmont Cemetery with Downtown Oakland in the background and the Bay behind.

These old navy vets were in full uniform for a memorial service. They each carried a rifle and fired a salute for their departed brother.


This house on 'Billionaire's Row' in Pacific Heights looks like a Greek temple.

Mansion over-looking the Bay on Lafayette Square. Apparently the largest private residence in San Francisco and owned by Danielle Steele.