Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sketch of the Week: Not Idle, But Wild

This is what sketching a punk rock concert in the dark looks like - thanks to the comp tickets from art model/guitarist Suzanne, I saw and sketched her band Idyllwild playing at Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, with Booleep sketching with me. I attempted to capture their energy while they were playing with go-go dancer in the foreground.

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" Hollywood music musician sketch sketching watercolor pen

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Sketch of the Week: CicLAvia through Wilshire Blvd.

This past Sunday was CicLAvia, when Wilshire Blvd. between downtown Los Angeles and Museum Row were closed to cars and open to everybody else. I took a few minutes to sketch before meeting up with friends at the eastern edge of the route, near One Wilshire. Tall buildings were casting very large shadows with harsh contrast from the brightly-lit day, so my photos did not come out well, and I struggled to paint this sketch afterwards. I hope some of the spirit of the event - looking ahead to enjoy the open road on bicycles - came through in this sketch.

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" ciclavia bicycle sketch sketching watercolor pen sketches

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Sketch of the Week: Spring Flowers

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" watercolor sketch pen spring flowers "Descanso Gardens"
Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" watercolor sketch pen spring flowers

Here are some quick sketches of springtime in bloom. Above two scenes were sketched at Descanso Gardens. Bottom three are local flowers in bloom: a variety of rose called Modern Amorette at Descanso Gardens, sage flowers from farmer's market, and tababuia blossoms at a park.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sketch of the Week: Springtime Sunsets

The sun is starting to set later, which means there is more time for outdoor sketching! The sketch on the bottom left is made with combination of white gel pen with black ink on top of watercolor to get the high contrast of bright early evening sky and dark shadows below.
Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" sunset watercolor sketch

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sketch of the Week: Spring Forward To Summer

While today is official spring equinox, it already feels like summer here in Los Angeles. I sketched this at the outdoor patio of Santa Monica Public Library. Shadows were strong and so was the sun.

Shiho Nakaza "Santa Monica" "Los Angeles" sketching watercolor pen outdoors library

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sketch of the Week: Faces

Here are some faces I sketched during life drawing workshop: the woman with a crown of flowers was a posing model, rest are glimpses of people drawing or concentrating.

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" sketching watercolor pen "Life drawing" portrait faces

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Sketch of the Week: Winter Rain

"Winter" in Los Angeles is mild and snowless, with many stretches of sunny days. Even so, this year is unusually dry and warm - so it was a relief to have some rain last week. It's been years since I've sketched a rainy scene, so I had to think about how to draw the rain - and settled on using a white gel pen over watercolors.

shiho nakaza watercolor sketching "Los Angeles" winter rain

I like visiting the beach in the winter when there are few crowds. The waves were rolling in after the rain.

shiho nakaza watercolor sketching "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" California winter rain beach