Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sketching Interiors: Structure, Detail and Play (Part 1)

There's a lot to share so I'll break this blog post into two parts.

Here it is, my new Craftsy class about drawing on location. Craftsy went all out, taking the crew to a fun coffee shop/wine bar/bookstore so we could tape the class during business hours with real customers and commotion so I could offer tips and tricks for dealing with distraction, managing materials, staying inconspicuous, etc. But mostly how to draw a detailed, fun drawing of a complicated and cluttered space. It turned out even better than I'd hoped.

Check out the class trailer here: www.craftsy.com/ext/StevenReddy_10656_F 

Of course I've been drawing every day. At lunch break during the Craftsy shoot the crew and I went across the street to The Atomic Cowboy. I drew this while the crew finished their pizza:

Another drawing done as part of the Craftsy class:

A commissioned drawing of a former high school turned condos:

King Street Station drawn with the Seattle Urban Sketchers:

And still teaching my drawing class at Gage Academy, using the still-life to demonstrate my linear technique:

I'll post again in a week or so with part 2. Thanks for looking and thanks for telling a friend. And thanks for checking out the new class!


 Back to work! Steve

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Anchored Ship, Ballard
In the movie, Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon's character says going out for coffee is as arbitrary as going out for a handful of caramels.
But it feels odd to sit for an hour or two drawing in a coffee shop eating caramels.

At Irwin's Neighborhood Bakery in Wallingford, for the month of April, I have a show of Urban Sketches drawn on location at coffee shops and cafés around Seattle.
The Bounty, Stone Way and 45th

Café Umbria, Pioneer Square

Vios Café in Third Place Books on 65th.

Planet Java Café, Pioneer Square

Planet Java Café, Pioneer Square (again)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Hello there. Hi, it's me, woefully behind on my blog updates. 

Having been drawing in the same 9x12 sketchbooks for what, six years now?, and using the same technique, I've forced myself out of my comfort zone to try different subjects and techniques to shake things up a bit. Here are a couple of quickies from my little Moleskine, drawn over coffee at Zoka Coffee:
Still working on my brush pen technique. Here's Marc Maron and Louis CK:
Donna was in the hospital for a couple of days so I drew her several times there. Here is a drawing from just before checking out and another drawing after we got home. She's doing well and is recovering from surgery as planned:
Continuing to experiment, I'm trying to overcome my aversion to all things digital and colored a couple of strange but personal drawings in Photoshop:
I finished teaching another 5-week class using the still-life:
Craftsy has contracted me to record a new on-line class about drawing complicated interiors. They'll be flying me to Denver in early April for that. They wanted to see photos of my process so I drew Vios Café in my traditional style with in-progress photos:
If you haven't yet tried out a Craftsy class, the seven teachers and I who are Urban Sketchers are running a pretty cool promo right now for two weeks only:

And if you still don't have my big, full-color, 292-page illustrated memoirs, what are you waiting for? I only printed a limited number and they won't last forever. I saw someone listed a copy of Now Where Was I? on Amazon for $150! You can get a brand new one from me for $39.95!

Okay, back to work,


Saturday, January 30, 2016

This Week Around Town

Planet Java Diner

The Bounty, Stone Way

Mr. Allard's Classroom

Planet Java
In-class Demonstration

Out of necessity, my Gage class uses the still-life to practice the ink wash and Uniball technique. The class was conceived as an outdoor experience but the unpredictable Seattle weather and the after-dark hours of the winter class made that impractical. However, the approach is exactly the same: little to no penciling, committing to gestural contours, quick diluted washes and a little hatching.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Donna, Coffee Roaster and a couple of Automatic Drawings.

Donna on her phone.

Coffee Roaster at this morning's sketch outing with the Seattle Urban Sketchers.


Tree house.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Trying out some ideas, I drew this from a photo, but as if I was on location: no pencil work, no erasing, no digital touch-ups.

Listened to Charlie Kauffman on the Marc Maron podcast.

I've been a fan of Nicholson Baker since he wrote The Mezzanine in 1988.

Discovered a new drawing-friendly diner in Pioneer Square, Planet Java.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New tool.

Having fun learning how to use the Pentel Brush Pen.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Books shipped.

I spent Christmas eve packing over 300 books for shipping around the world. Outside the US, Singapore and Australia were the most common destinations. Books also went to Canada, Germany, the UK, Malaysia, Sweden, Ireland, and Japan. 6 books went to South Korea. Thanks everybody! Let me know what you think when you get them. You can post reviews to etsy.com/shop/StevenReddy and on Goodreads.com at http://tinyurl.com/jzmbrzz

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

They're here!

Hot off the press. Get 'em while they're hot. Shipping now. www.etsy.com/shop/stevenreddy