I’ve always loved sketching construction work on the streets, so it’s a treat to get to sketch a process like that right at home. What started as a “maybe we need to fix that broken kitchen cabinet” snowballed into a much bigger project. Here are sketches from the process. Painting the front door before it […]

Das Alltägliche skizzieren

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t need a big event or exciting travels to be inspired to sketch. Everyday moments are worth recording. Like this quiet weekend morning, where (miraculously) everyone at home was occupied and sitting still long enough for a super-quick sketch. Or these two sketches of my kids practicing […]

Zeichen des Sommers

Some people say it’s always summer in California. But it’s only summer for sure when the Farmers’ Market is loaded with peaches and plums, nectarines and apricots. And all sorts of cross-bred fruit: ever heard of a pluot? or a peachcot? They’re here at the local Farmers’ market in San Jose.  And they’re literally bursting […]

Vintage Signs

It’s a recent obsession. I’ve been tracking down and sketching signs near San Jose, California.The nice thing about hunting down these hidden signs is that every so often, someone will write in and tell me about a sign I haven’t sketched, and sometimes it’s surprising how much I haven’t discovered of places that are quite […]

Pinewood-Derby-Rennen mit meinem 6-Jährigen

My 6 year old is a boy scout, so we were introduced to our very first Pinewood Derby Race this year. If you grew up in the US and were a scout, or had a scout for a sibling, you probably know how this works ( and might even have a few little pinewood cars […]

Was fehlt, sind die Menschen!

Manchmal skizziere ich eine Straße, ein Gebäude, etwas aus der Stadtlandschaft um mich herum. Und es sieht einfach nicht richtig aus. Normalerweise sind es die Menschen, die mir fehlen. Vorbeigehende Menschen, Menschenmassen, die einsame Person, die sich ihren Weg durch eine Gasse bahnt - sie alle sind ein wesentlicher Bestandteil der Stadtlandschaft. Und sie zu zeichnen ist [...]

Zeichnen von (kleinen) Menschen

Manchmal lassen die Menschen in einer Szene meine Skizze lebendig werden. Aber manchmal, vor allem bei Kindern, erregt es meine Aufmerksamkeit, wenn sie im Mittelpunkt meiner Skizzen stehen, und ihre Umgebung ist etwas, das sie umgibt und ihnen einen Kontext gibt, aber nur knapp. Das wirft immer die Frage auf: Sind das Urban Sketches? Einige sind es offensichtlich, [...]

Das Ende der Fußballsaison, der Beginn der Grillsaison...

Feels like summer is here! Soccer season is over, and barbecue season is here. I didn’t go watch too many of my son’s soccer games this season, but when I did go, I sketched. Little fellows, pretty close to the ground, scooting around a field are fun to draw. They remind me of goblins. Thank […]

Kennen Sie Ihren Dickens?

You know it’s almost Christmas when you find a production of Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ being performed at your local grocery store. That’s just what happened this Saturday: our neighborhood Whole Foods announced that San Jose Youth Shakespeare was performing the play at the store, so I was there. With my sketchkit, ofcourse. If you […]

Die Fußballsaison ist da!

Fall Soccer season is here, and I have a kid that plays with the Dynamites and another that plays with the Broncos, but if you ask me which team which kid belongs to, I’m never very sure. But I do go to practice and games and shout “Go Broncos” and “Go Dynamites”, and I sketch. […]