Sunday, December 07, 2014

New Artwork Prints!

I have some prints for sale online, including an artwork with Christmas-specific theme for the season of giving.

shiho nakaza illustration holiday sketch christmas
Feel free to browse my prints - and you get free worldwide shipping + $5 off for orders before December 14 if you follow this link. Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Post-It Show

I have 13 pieces of art at this year's Post-It show exhibit at Giant Robot/GR2 Gallery this Saturday December 6. It was fun to experiment with pen, markers and colored pencils. If you're in Los Angeles, feel free to stop by!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

45th Worldwide Sketchcrawl - Los Angeles: Union Station

The Los Angeles Sketchcrawl group decided to revisit our favorite sketching location: Union Station. This sketchcrawl was also a part of Big Draw LA events (, so I'm glad to meet new people that found out about this event through Big Draw LA event calendar. I could only stay for about an hour and was busy chatting with other sketchers, so I did a quick sketch in about 5 minutes, and added the colors with watercolor later. I chose to focus on the iconic lighting hanging inside the lobby area, and I love how morning light was filtering through the high ceiling and frosted glass.

shiho nakaza "Los Angeles" "Union Station" watercolor sketch sketchcrawl

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sketching Space Science Stuff

Going to public open house event at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena was on my list of "things to do in Los Angeles", so I jumped at the chance when I found that it was happening. What I didn't expect was the sheer amount of people that showed up.

It's heartening to see so many people interested in aerospace science, but it made for difficult sketching conditions. The crowd made it a challenge to find a place to draw without bumping into anyone or being my view blocked, so I colored these sketches at home. I tucked myself in an alcove between a fire hydrant and a display shelf to draw this giant vacuum chamber and an emergency shower inside the microdevices lab. There were many more fascinating-looking machines in clean rooms throughout the campus.

Shiho Nakaza JPL "Jet Propulsion Laboratory" Pasadena "Los Angeles" California sketching watercolor watercolour machine "vacuum chamber" shower

I went outside to escape the thickening crowd and jostled with another set of crowds to see some Mars rovers. I have learned from one of the many helpful JPL employees that that one on the top is a cousin of Curiosity rover that is currently on Mars, but it doesn't have a computer "brain" - hence, it's called the "Scarecrow".
The bottom one is an egress rover called "Bubba". I have multiple views of it because it was lumbering along over the rocks, just like it would on Mars, while its six wheels on levers help keep the solar panel flat and continuously facing up to the sun.

Shiho Nakaza JPL "Jet Propulsion Laboratory" Pasadena "Los Angeles" California sketching watercolor watercolour "Mars Rover" spacecraft

There were so many more I missed due to the long wait times to see them, but it's still exciting to learn that this is where the technology of the future is already happening today!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A Taste of San Diego

I went on a quick day trip to San Diego a few weeks back. Coronado Beach at sunset was absolutely beautiful, and it makes me want to go back for a proper plein air painting day.

Shiho Nakaza "San Diego" beach watercolor sketch Coronado

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two years after the final flight

It's been two years since I sketched the space shuttle, Endeavor, on its way to California Science Center (while it was riding piggyback on a plane and also when it was parked). I finally had the chance to see Endeavor in its final home before the exhibit closes intermittently for payload installation. It's quite amazing to see it up close with scratches and dirt - a well-earned proof that it flew 25 times into outer space and back to earth.

shiho nakaza "space shuttle" endeavor exhibit space shuttle "los angeles" sketch watercolor

Tuesday, September 23, 2014