Drawing of Nataliе Beysenova on Alto Sax

Nataliе_Beysenova

This drawing is based on a photo I found on Instagram.

Here’s the repost, http://www.instagram.com/p/BD3oH8BvaRR/

With the note, Весьма занятный рисунок мне прислали сейчас)))

Approximately, Very amusing picture was sent to me now)))

Gato Barbieri, November 28, 1932 to April 2, 2016

Gato Barbieri was a great sax player from Argentina.

I think I first heard about him from the movie ‘Calle 54’ about Latin Jazz.

Have gotten a few of his CDs and even vinyl records.

Based this drawing off of the cover of ‘Caliente’.

Gato_Barbieri

Tony on the bass! Drawing

I have known Tony for a few years, he plays bass in my salsa band Salsón.

It was his birthday today, so I tried drawing him with the bass. Used a couple of photos for reference. Spent a little time on the hair which was different than hair I had drawn before.

Tony

Salsa Dancers Couple Drawing

I have been dancing salsa for about 10 years now.

Since I live in California, quite a few people dance here and I tried it one time. At first I didn’t get it immediately.

Then not too long after that, I was studying German in Heidelberg and they had different activities you could do outside of class for the program. One of the people working in the program named Voytek from Poland was teaching salsa. That sounded like fun, so I checked it out.

It turned out he was serious about wanting to teach us and wanted us to perform for all the other students at the end of the four week program. So I learned some foundations that summer and then improved more later on.

This drawing is similar to a photo I saw of dancers in SF.

salsa_dancers_yellow_dress

La Yerba Ruda, Band Drawing

In January of this year, I went to a practice with the reggae band La Yerba Ruda at the dome.

Two of the musicians in the band, I somewhat knew since their brother sang with my salsa band for a little while.

Played a couple of shows with them and then two more in San Diego.

After playing a show at the Fox Theater, I drew Terry first and then the whole band together.

ruda wide

Drawing of a Chicken for My Grandmother

On my Grandmother’s birthday I drew her a chicken. Around my house there are chickens in various forms, made of wood, ceramics, in paintings.

When my grandmother grew up, she had chickens that they raised, which she didn’t particularly enjoy. But she liked having seeing these figures of chickens around the house.

So I drew one for her. It ended up getting framed actually by my mother.

neal_chicken

Drawing of Clay Bear for My Grandmother

Bear for my grandma, like the bear I made out of clay in elementary school.

This bear stands in a window of my house to this day. When I made the bear, I thought it looked a little funny, but my grandma liked it and thought that it had personality.

neal_bear

Drawing of Yoda

I had watched the Star Wars movies a number of times with my brother growing up. And sometimes he’ll impersonate the voice of Yoda, so I decided to draw Yoda for him.

Was playing around with shadows, but didn’t really have a good technique for drawing them yet!

neal_yoda

Drawing of a Squirrel

On of my friends draws a bit. She can draw in a pretty realistic way. I tend to draw a bit more abstract.

This drawing was based on her drawing but came out fairly different.

neal_squirrel

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.

dragon_drawing_cement

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