Archive for March, 2008


Monday, March 31st, 2008

Yay! Just received Jillian Tamaki‘s Graphic novel Skim (written by her cousin Mariko Tamaki). It looks wonderful, the drawings have a great loose feeling to them, can’t wait to read it.

Yay for Sketchcrawl 18!!!

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

It was an overcast day in SF but no rain, of course. Thanks to all of you for coming out. We had roughly 60 crawlers around the Marina and Fort Mason today. The rest of the world saw around 52 different locations with avid sketchers roaming about! That’s really exciting, no doubt our biggest worldwide [...]

the map!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

All of us drawing around the world … tomorrow … 50 different places at the moment. Join us for World Wide SketchCrawl 18!

森 3 Trees Make a Forest

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

We just heard from Gingko Press, the publisher of our book 森 3 Trees Make a Forest, that the it has sold 2500 copies so far. While sales were a little slower than they had hoped out of the gate, the book is proving to be a solid reorder for them. So, that’s great to [...]


Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Topolino is the italian name for Mickey Mouse, but it’s more than that, since the 1950s Topolino is the name of a little weekly magazine filled with comics of the classic Disney characters. From Donal Duck to Goofy, from Clarabelle to Peg Leg Pete (Paperino, Pippo, Clarabella e Gamba di Legno in italian). It’s really [...]

Work in progress 4

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Ok, I continued adding details to little Marit and her parents on the Gondola. Then I started working on the upper left part of the illustration with the ironwork on the window and then the green door. For the stones in the pavement I switched to using the sumi brush, for the hell of it [...]

Kurosawa and Miyazaki

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Last night I popped in the Criterion Seven Samurai dvd and man whenever I start watching that movie I have the hardest time stopping, what a masterpiece! Every scene is absolutely riveting. Interestingly this morning I was checking and they just posted a translated excerpt of Suzuki San’s radio show with, as a guest, [...]

Work in progress 3

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Here’s the 3rd installment of my work in progress illo. I started by adding a yellow ochre for the stucco on the building wall, then I realized that the steps where little me is sitting could use a little more detail and color. So I added some stones more true to Venice’s pavements (this is [...]

Happy Easter Feet

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Work in progress 2

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Here’s a few shots of the next couple steps I took in watercoloring this large piece for the Venice Chronicles. I am moving rather slowly on it, bit by bit every night, or almost. As we say in Italy: “Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano”. Which translates to the rather uninspiring: “Who goes [...]