Thursday, December 30, 2010

Singapore Trip (again)

This was our second trip to singapore in the last 2 months. These are a few sketches from the trip.

Ethan playing his DS waiting for our flight back home from Singapore. It was delayed for 1 1/2 hours and we still didn't leave until about half hour or so after that. We landed back in Indonesia around 1:30 am.

This is one of many "Rescue Lines" scattered around the beach, East Coast Park, in Singapore. Not too sure how effective they are when they are tangled up like this.

This is Ethan and Kenna playing the sand at East Coast Park in Singapore. It was nice, except the plethora of cargo ships and oil tankers waiting to dock. There must have been at least one hundred.

A passenger sleeping next to me going to Singapore.

Drinks before and after the flight to Singapore.

This is the outside of the Surabaya airport. We had an immigration issue and had to wait a really long time. We ended up missing our flight and had to stay the night in Surabaya again. It was corrected and off to Singapore we went.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This is the daughter of a friend, her name is Hani.

Still working on my contrast…. AHHHGG!!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Indonesian Girl

A young Indonesian girl.

I tried going stronger with my contrast. I still think it is lacking in that area. The thing is, I get scared when I go too dark. There is no going back once it's on the paper. Yeah, I'm a wimp.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dad 1985

I was not happy with the previous drawing I did of dad. So I tried my hand at it again (no pun intended). I am more happy with this version. I feel it looks more like dad…. in 1985.

This is my 5th attempt at a portrait and I still need to work hard on my contrast. I feel if I can master that, my work will be more "life like".

So back to the drawing board (pun is definitely intended ).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Dad

This is an attempt at a portrait of my dad. It is a combination of two pictures. He is significantly older now than what is portrayed below. This is how I really remember my father. He has Alzheimer's and is not expected to live through the month (Dec. 2010).

Still a long way to go with my portraits. But I will keep practicing :o)

Monday, November 29, 2010


A very dear friend of mine.

This is my third attempt at drawing someone looking directly at me. I find it difficult to capture the likeness of someone. I have a long way to go and so much to learn.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Below: A friend of ours (Riduwan) showing Kenna how to hold a Sea Urchin at Pantai Ngliyep

Saturday, October 16, 2010

World Wide Sketch Crawl

These are some sketches for a Sketch Crawl I participate in from time to time. Its world wide and it's really great to see the different styles and abilities that are out there.

From looking a most, I have a long way to go in the fast sketching area. Most of these were done in 10 to 30 minutes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My daughter Bre (bree)
For those of you that know Bre, this looks nothing like her… haha, but I am trying to improve. Later on I will redraw her. This is only my second or third attempt at a portrait… so give me a break. :o)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This is a neighbor of a friend.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fruit Seller (Ibu Buah)

This is not an "on site" sketch. I took a picture of a lady selling fruit on the side of the road and decided to start my more detailed drawings with her.

I hope to continue to add more complex drawings as time goes by.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Futsal Arena

This is a Futsal (Indoor Soccer) arena close to our house in Indonesia. Our kids like to go up there with their friends and watch. There's a cafe and restaurant there as well.

Here I am drawing the arena.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Singapore Sketches

I know it has been a long time since I have posted any sketches, so I hope this will pick up again.

Below are some sketches from Singapore.

(Above) Flight to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia.

These were done on the MRT (subway) in Singapore. The blue one was sketched in about three minutes (the ride to my destination) and the other was in about five minutes. (the ride from my destination.

We visited Sentosa Island while in Singapore. I forgot I brought my sketch book until I was waiting for my wife and two daughters to change out of their bathing suits. Nothing interesting, but I needed the practice. This was about ten minutes.

This is the cable car to get to Sentosa Island. It was a spectacular view of the city.

This is the gate in Changi Airport Singapore. Thought I would practice some more while waiting for the plane.

Flight home from Singapore.

This is not from Singapore, but I decided to walk the neighborhood when I got back to practice sketching. This is a Khaki Lima selling some Krupuk (a potato chip like snack).

This is the Satpam (security) post right outside of our home in Malang, Indonesia. They are there twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. They were doing their routine rounds at this time.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Update number 2

I am sorry that I have not posted a sketch in a while. Before the move my scanner went on the fritz. We just got it back from the shop. I will post again soon…. with a sketch.

Again, thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Sorry for no posts in a while, we have moved to another house and all has been in disarray. I have had no time to stop and go walking around to sketch.

As soon as I get a chance I will add some more. There is a large kompung near our new house that will provide some great scenes and people to sketch.

I have some trips coming up soon and I'm sure I will have some nice things to sketch.

Please don't stop coming and looking at my sketches and I thank all of you who take the time to visit.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A few sketches from bali

We were in Bali for a conference for 7 days and then stayed for another three days after the conference for some R and R.

Below is just a part of the conference. There were about 300 people there. We were late getting to the start of it this day so we had to sit in the back. I took advantage of it and decided to sketch.
This is he beach right outside of the hotel where the conference was being held. The tide would go waaaaay out past the rocks (the darker scribbles toward the back) and it would leave the coral reef exposed. We were able to walk out on it and explore the life that was teaming in the tidal pools left behind. My son loved it. He was out there everyday.
This is a "board" walk to the left of the boat you see above. It's actually made of concrete. It had a round about at the end with a "stage" in the center where people would watch the sunrise/sunset, talk or do Yoga. I was sitting on the rail sketching. The right is the walkway and the left goes into the ocean.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another trip to Jogjakarta

The following sketches are of the return trip to Jogjakarta to pick up the kids from camp.

This is what greets you when you enter the Jogjakarta airport. They are called Niozo players. The Niozo is an instrument that makes an incredibly soothing tone. The sounds seem to just roll across air.

This was a bit unusual fro me. This is just one side of a HUGE chandelier that was being sold in the air port. Why they would sell a chandelier in an airport, I have no idea. The details looked like a challenge so I took them on.

This was a young man sleeping at the train station in Jogjakarta. He was surrounded by friends, but he looked like the most interesting to sketch. After I sketched him, his friends wanted to see. They then proceeded to wake Rizal and show him. He simply raised his head and gave me a thumbs up, then laid back down. One of the girls that was with them took some pictures of me and my friend then asked if she could have my pen I drew him with. I politely gave it to her. I had another one at home.

This is the five hour train ride home. This is Cliff and one of his daughters sleeping on him.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Trains, Planes and Automobiles...

Here are some sketches of a trip to a neighboring city, Jogyakarta. We started out driving two hours to the train station, then riding the train five hours to Jogyakarta, then driving thirty minutes to a camp site dropping off our kids, then driving to the airport and flying back to Surabaya then driving another two ours back to Malang.

We left at 4 a.m. and did not return until 10 p.m. We were exhausted. We have to make this same trip again this coming Saturday to pick up the kids.

The view from the plane window. It was a bumpy flight so excuse the really crooked lines.
Sorry about the book mark I forgot to remove before scanning.

The train station in Jogyakarta. I had to sketch this in about 10 mins or less. Our taxi had arrived.

My friend, Cliff, sleeping on the five hour train ride on the way to Jogja. The window is across the isle.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Doors to healing

Today, we had to take my wife to the Orthopedic Dr. to look at her toe she had broken while playing wall ball. This is also the same Dr. we took our oldest daughter to when she broke her arm while rollerblading.

I could not help but sketch these beautiful doors that lead to his exam room. This particular Hospital was built when the Dutch were here in Indonesia and it is fair to say that these doors are the originals. They stand an impressive ten feet or so and are solid wood.

Hand Study

This is my first attempt at drawing a hand with detail. Sort of like a study. This is my hand holding the sketch book.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Access Palm (pen)

This is a Palm behind our language school. It towers above everything else. You can't help but notice it.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Power and Tops (pen)

A power/telephone pole and rooftops in our neighborhood. Sketched in Malang, Indonesia.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Godzilla Restaurant (pen)

This is a corner "restaurant" called Godzilla. It has a plethora of small booths set up inside and you choose which one you want to eat from. There is only one cashier that takes the money for all the booths. We love to eat here, mainly because it is only two blocks from our house. My entire family of five can eat here for $6… LOVE IT!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Neighbors House (pen)

This is our neighbors house we see everyday when we walk out our front door. The kids always say they want to live there. When we turn around in their driveway, they say, "I like turning around here, it makes it look like we live here." This is but a portion of the actual house.

Istana Dieng (pen)

We went back to the pool at Istana Dieng today. We invited some of friends to go as well. It is so relaxing. There is so much foliage and exotic plants and trees. It truly looks like an oasis. This is a view from the middle of the pool on an "peninsula". There is an island part that you can walk over a bridge to. A water slide for the kids as well as a shallow pool that is raised about three feet above the rest so the water from the shallow pool flows over a nice smooth wall into the deeper part that you see below. Then around the "peninsula" part it gets about six to seven feet so you can lap swim. There is a pool bar that serves food and beverage that you swim up to. Also, they have a very nice lazy river that goes under stone bridges and has beautiful exotic plants as over hang all the way around. It is usually empty so we have the entire pool to ourselves. The weekend gets really crowded.

The dark part in the background is tinted glass that goes to the gym.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Grave (pen)

This a grave from a graveyard just a couple of blocks from our house. The tree you see is only found in graveyards here. They are white and very crooked. They will plant hundreds of these trees in the graveyards (depending on the size of the yard). I will sketch an entire tree another time. It was starting to rain. most of the graves look like this one and are not taken care of as well as the ones in the states (at least not in this yard). This grave is not very old at all maybe 20 years, but it looked like 100 years old. Not entirely sure why there is a hole in the middle, but I do know they will burn little fires or incense in them.

Books on chair (pen)

This is another attempt at using a pen. My bible, journal and eye glasses case on the arm of a chair in our front room.

Friday, May 21, 2010

1st pen and ink

This is my first attempt at pen and ink. I have always been scared of pen and ink because you cannot erase. For me, it's more precision work…. I'm not a precision kind of guy, so more concentration is required :)

This is the sofa in our front room. It looks out into our front "yard".

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tree across the road

I just liked this tree. It is our neighbors tree in front of our house.