Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sketch of the Week: Mission San Juan Capistrano

shiho nakaza "Los Angeles" California "San Juan Capistrano" watercolor sketching I enjoyed a mini-sketching trip to San Juan Capistrano with my fellow Urban Sketchers Los Angeles correspondent Virginia and our sketching friends John and Chris. We took the Metrolink train, which added to the vacation mood - and it was a lot more relaxing than driving 70 miles each way.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is right around the corner from the train station. This is the first time I came back to the Mission since I went on a field trip during grade school - and I'm glad I came back with a sketchbook to record the view of the vibrant gardens! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

44th Worldwide Sketchcrawl - Los Angeles: Grand Park

I spent a fun morning sketching with fellow artists for Worldwide Sketchcrawl Day. The Los Angeles group met at Grand Park, which features a fountain that shoots up water at random intervals. Many people were dressed in casual, colorful clothes, and kids were playing in the water on this lovely summer day.

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" summer "Grand Park" sketching sketchcrawl watercolor pen people park kids

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sketch of the Week: A day trip to Catalina

Santa Catalina Island is only about an hour away by boat from mainland Los Angeles area, yet having to take the boat to get there feels like going on a vacation far away.

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" Catalina sketching watercolor pen ocean

The main city of Avalon is packed with small charming shops and streets bustling with people. I managed to capture a serene ocean view.

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" Catalina ocean watercolor sketching pen

Sunday, June 01, 2014

New Artwork for Art Inspired by Games

I will have new artwork for sale at GR2 (Giant Robot 2) Gallery in Los Angeles as part of Game Over: Art Inspired by Games Exhibition. The gallery show is opening on Saturday, June 7 to coincide with E3 Expo and the exhibit is on view until June 18. If you're in the area, please feel free to stop by and check it out!

shiho nakaza "Game Over" "Los Angeles" "mixed media" exhibit game "Candy Crush Saga" "Giant Robot" "GR2"

This piece is titled "Crush", and is loosely inspired by Candy Crush Saga. It is a 7" x 11" (14" x 18" framed) mixed-media piece created with watercolor, acrylic marker, and watercolor pencils.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sketch of the Week: High Tide and Sunset

Shiho Nakaza "Santa Monica" "Los Angeles" beach watercolor sketch
Another beach sketch - this time the high tide was happening about the same time as sundown, so I tried to capture both. It was an overcast day - June gloom is here early this year. And I had a hard time scanning this sketch, so it is appropriately a little blurry....

I'll be tinkering with my blog in upcoming weeks - I would like to make it easier to share my images in an organized way. I'm thinking of doing monthly posts instead of weekly, and/or share more photos of the sketches snapped on location for quicker updates. In the meantime, I'll be posting some sketches on Instagram (@shihonakaza).

I also have an artwork in Game Over: Art Inspired by Games Art Exhibit x Game Night opening on June 7 at Giant Robot/GR2. I will be posting more information soon!