Secret of the Dragon

In Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab book (amazon link) there are many different ideas for approaching drawing.

One that I found very useful was that you don’t need to reimagine everything you draw. There are a ton of inspiring things in the world. You can even get inspiration in strange places.

Like cracks in the cement.

I would sometimes carry a camera with me and take pictures of cracks in the sidewalk. I took this picture when I was walking not from my house with my grandmother.


I saw something that looked kind of like a dragon. So I used that shape to draw a dragon.

Penguin Drawing March 22, 2013

Sometimes I would draw things and not like them. Part of the time I would change them and they would get better, other times I would just move on to something different.

Here is the first penguin that I drew,


Elephant- February 7, 2013

A few days later I drew an elephant. My sister did question my political leanings, but then decided it was okay given the time of year.


Butterfly, February 5, 2013

I drew a little bit more in 2012, but not too often or consistently. My process was basically to slowly sketch out things with small lines.

Would use watercolor and pen a little (within the app) in addition the pencil.

Here’s a sketch from a few months later of a butterfly.


“I drew a cat!”

I drew this cat using the app ‘Paper by 53’ on September 4, 2012.

It was inspired very directly by the instructions in Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab book (amazon link)

I first heard about her in an interview with her and Sean D’Souza.


Posted it online, and this is the commentary I got,

Laura Jean Bischoff Is it Garfield?

Neal Battaglia nope, not what I had in mind anyway.

Laura Jean Bischoff You should name it Garfield

Neal Battaglia haha, perhaps, doesn’t have a name yet

Mike Cortina Looks like…ME !

Neal Battaglia haha, maybe I should name it Mike. Or at least do another version with shades and a sax!

Ginger Ellen Neil make a children’s book with this character!!! I love it!!!

Sean D’Souza NIce smile emoticon I see the book is already helping.

Michael Gamboa Great drawing Neal! Keep up the good work!

Naomi Kuttner Which book is this please? Nice cat!

José Manuel Mora Fandos I like it!

Adianez Natalie is he sick?

Neal Battaglia nah, maybe drank some coffee or something

Adianez Natalie ahahah cool!

José Manuel Mora Fandos most likely tea