Tuesday, November 09, 2010

kaui trees

Some drawings from my sketchbook from Kaui. The trees were interesting to me.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thai Stitch

Last year we were given Stitch vinyls form Mindstyle to paint for traveling show for charity. I do not think I've ever posted them so here they are. I've also included some initial sketches.

Stitch really brought the energy and I'm sure we will work together sometime soon.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Hillbilly John

Some sketches from the Drawing Club.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


art walk in Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Wandering the streets with no particular place to be. I felt content.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

New experimentation with the camera. I was just playing around and I think I like where this is going.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


This is from the recent Drawing Club session on Sunday. Bob had set up some interesting lighting. He flooded the model with three light sources, a cool blue (which looked purple on the model), a red, and a yellow. My original goal was to try out my new set of Doc Martin watercolor dyes (given to me by my buddy Eddie) but I only had time to do a quick ink drawing then had to run out. I added the color in Photoshop based on memory. I had this aquatinted color etching on my mind that I had seen previously and tried to replicate that look. I found it strange to emulate the spontaneity and random markings of an etching with a control methodical process in photoshop. Not sure if it was successful but it definitely was fun to try.

The drawing itself was done with a sharpen chopstick and FW acrylic inks. I find it to have plenty of action and holds a considerable amount of ink. It was the cheapest "pen" i had ever used...free from the commissary.

Sunday, August 02, 2009


I'm taking a photography class here at work and I'm learning so much...more than I ever imagine from a class entitled, "Travel Photography" This is influenced by one of our assignments in class.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Luis "Pacho" Vega was kind enough to sit for a quick portrait painting during his internship here. He's a very talented young man and a very nice guy. One of the hardest working and upstanding person that I had the pleasure of knowing. Good luck, Pacho, in all your endeavors.

Monday, July 06, 2009


3 am... full moon and street lights.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Baden Powell

After having just finished a 17 mile hike to Mt. Baden Powell from Islip Saddle, Kelvin stop to admire the sunset.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

lumix lx3 test

I just bought a new Lumix LX-3 digital point and shoot camera. It's a compact fixed lens camera but not exactly a typical point and shoot. It has full manual capabilities along with a slew of many cool little perks...one of which is a 24mm wide angle lens (I'll spare all the geeky details).

Anyway, I wanted a small unobtrusive camera to play around with when I go backpacking or on vacation. It was recommended to me by Mike, our resident pro photographer. It seems to fit the bill. These were my very first set of photos taken about a month ago.

I was out and about running some errands when I noticed the low ominous clouds overhead. I rushed over to Griffith Park and went up my typical trail. I got very lucky with the cloud formation and the time of day. These clouds were so unusual for LA that it completely change the way I view the landscape. So far I am quite pleased with my new little purchase. I have been taking alot of pictures lately and I will post more soon.

Monday, March 23, 2009

pastel portrait

From Bob Kato's head drawing class that he has here at work.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Klimt theme at the Drawing club long session.

I bought all these scrap booking paper thinking I was going to do something with 'em. Well, the Drawing Club had a long session (for painting) this past Sunday and the theme was Klimt...so I decided to break it out. This is basically cut paper, colored pencil, and a glue stick.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

yosemite landscape

Here's some studies of Yosemite National Park from awhile back. I usually visit the park at least a couple times a year and I never get sick of it. However it is so majestic that it becomes such a daunting task for me to capture it. It becomes a matter of how well I can simplify. I'm going to string a few studies from different trips on this post just to show variety of approaches.

gouache on board.

ink and watercolor wash.

tombo markers