Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sketch of the Week: WonderCon

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" WonderCon Anaheim costume sketching watercolor pen
I enjoyed going to WonderCon in Anaheim over the weekend and sketching people in various costumes. This is a compilation of many little sketches I did over a few pages, edited into a square format for my Instagram feed. People who were dressed up were enjoying themselves: resting, eating, chatting and some of them started jump-roping. I like how every year the costumes get more innovative (and obscure, as my pop-culture knowledge fades away).

Monday, April 21, 2014

43rd Worldwide Sketchcrawl - Los Angeles at Downtown Disney

Shiho Nakaza sketchcrawl watercolor "Los Angeles" sketching
A handful of Los Angeles and Orange County sketchers met at Downtown Disney for 43rd Worldwide Sketchcrawl. This colorful Lego store with an amazing dragon made of Legos caught my eye. This sketch was drawn on location but colored later at home because I had to dash off to WonderCon at Anaheim Convention Center nearby - this was one of my shortest sketchcrawl!

(I drew a lot more at WonderCon - more sketches to be posted soon!)

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