Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer sketchbook 2012

After completing the 30 day Sketchbook Challenge I slowed down a bit but keep the next book at hand  always.  Over the last month I've seen a bit of the United States, including Bodie and Columbus, Ohio and visited a couple of interesting museum shows.
The Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition at the De Young was as exciting as everyone told me.  Thanks to my regular sketch buddy Jamie Baker we got in on the last day and I snuck a quick sketch in despite the museums' shitty 'no drawing' policy.

If we hit the De Young we usually squeeze in the Oceanic Art galleries and the Japanese Tea Garden next door also. . . 
See Jamie's sketches over on his blog here


On a quick stay in Columbus, Ohio I sketched the facade of the cavernous Book loft on 3rd St in German Village.

Airport drawings are usually so staid and boring I tried to have a bit of fun with them on this trip.

  Over Labor Day weekend we had a day in the sun at the SF Yacht Club (which is actually across the Bay at Tiburon)

Quick sketch of my neighbourhood on the way home from work

'Our Man in the Cabana' Jamie Baker at Trader Vic's Tiki Lounge, Emeryville Marina.

There's a self-portrait of the artist hidden in one of these pics- can you see me?

23 comments:

David Bernal said...

Soo awesome!!! Love them!! Soo inspirational!

Heng hua (Irene) said...

self-portrait in "The Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition" (corner left)?

Matt J said...

Nope- "cold"!

John Wright said...

Matt, as always I get a chuckle out of you view of life. You gave us a real feast with this posting.

Matt J said...

Thanks John!

chromasketch said...

great stuff. always love seeing your drawings.

pbcbstudios said...

wonderful - all of them!

Jamie Baker said...

Great sketches, Matt! Love the Gaultier one with the RED colour-splash.

Geoff Wheeler said...

wow...really nice, I love your work.

Mark Tompkins said...

Fantastic sketches Matt, love the art gallery ones!

joscha said...

No drawing in an art museum? That's funny.

About your self portrait: could you be that smiling face hidden in the passenger's tube in sketch #6?

Wonderful sketches btw!

Pagas said...

Belli!

scowlingwolf said...

That's you on the clock face in the german village ...with the 5:25 shadow!

Uli Meyer said...

Joscha spotted you, I think. Great sketches Matt. Love the tribal sculpture drawings.

Matt J said...

Thanks folks. Yes, Joscha- you found me!

Leo Mark Pamintuan said...
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Mark Pamintuan said...

Hello Matt!

Your work is very inspiring! Every drawing that you make captures the mood of each place, person, and even any inanimate object. You do it with such finesse and simplicity that you use each stroke and just the right amount of detail to capture the action then you leave the audience to fill in the rest. This makes viewers connect so well with your drawings.

Your work is what inspired me to sketch on site and really take in all my surroundings. I try to learn from the simplicity you use to capture the feel of anything. If or when time allows, may you critique my work at my blog? (leomarkart.blogspot.com) It would be such an honor if I could learn from you.

I am also going to be taking a gesture drawing class that will be taught by Alex Woo and Louis Gonzales on schoolism.com. I am very excited to take this class! It is probable that you know them since you are a Story Artist at Pixar, which I think is such an amazing and very important role in the production pipeline.

Thank you for taking time to read this comment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Mark Pamintuan

Matt J said...

Hey Mark, thanks for the kind comments-I'll take a look at your blog & leave some feedback for you. You'll get stellar mentorship from ALex & Louis :)

Mark Pamintuan said...

Thank you very much for taking the time to give me feedback. I'm excited to learn from your critique!

Jeff Harter said...
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Jeff Harter said...

Nice Work Matt!

Matt J said...

Cheers Jeff!

Ying-Hsuan Chen said...

these are awesome!!! can't wait to grab my sketchbook and go on another trip!