Saturday Sketchbook

SketchBook.Bows&Arrows.09“Archery, at its core, is very simple: look at the target, draw the bow straight back, release the arrow in a straight line, and do so comfortably. But the path to understanding and appreciating that simplicity is a deep, neverending journey towards refinement. As such, once you step on The Way, it will bring you a lifetime of enjoyment.” – The Way of Archery

This Saturdays sketch can be found on page 20 of my contribution to this years 2015 Sketchbook Project. For more information on dates and times to see the original artwork go to


Sketchbook Project Tour Dates

And my contribution will be a part of this artistic endeavor. Check the dates for a city near you, check the art and please let me know what you think, but remember like Erykah Badu, “I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit.”


Brooklyn, NY

  • Friday 5/8 – Sunday 5/10 – Brooklyn Art Library
  • Thursday 5/21 – Brooklyn Museum

New York, NY

  • Saturday 5/30 – New Museum: Ideas City

Atlanta, GA

  • Friday 6/5  – Sunday 6/7 – Ponce City Market

Miami, FL

  • Friday 6/12 – Sunday 6/14 – Wynwood Arts District, TBD

Austin, TX

  • Friday 6/19 – Sunday 6/21 – Umlauf Sculpture Garden Museum/Zilker Park

SketchBook.Bows&Arrows.05.1Los Angeles, CA

  • Friday 6/26 – Sunday 6/28 – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Oakland, CA

  • Friday 8/7 – Oakland Art Murmur

San Francisco, CA

  • 8/8 – 8/9 – The Yard

Seattle, WA

  • 8/14 – 8/16 – TBD

Chicago, IL

  • 8/22 – 8/23 – Chicago Loop Alliance/The Gateway Park

Toronto, ON

  • 8/28 – 8/30 – TBD

You Can Visit My Sketchbook, Soon.

SketchBook.Bows&Arrows.02Thanks for sending in your project for The Sketchbook Project 2015! We just wanted to let you know that your project has now been cataloged into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of 257.2-10.
Please stay tuned for more details about the project.

The Sketchbook Project Crew


Got the email late last night and look forward to visiting my sketchbook soon. Here’s another rough scan from my contribution to the Bows and Arrows theme.

Sketchbook Project 2015


This week marked the deadline for the 2015 Sketchbook Project, my contribution was postmarked and sent off on Tuesday. The theme for my sketchbook was bows and arrows, a subject I am very attached to from reading the DC Comics character, Green Arrow. Over the next few days and weeks I’ll post some of my favorite sketches here, so stay tuned for more.


Bows and Arrows: The Reason Why

After reviewing my last two posts, I noticed that while I stated what my theme for the Sketchbook Project is, I never stated why.

Once I made the decision to participate in this years SP, I had to select my topic or theme and on the registration website there were a gang of choices, but for me there was really only one, Bows and Arrows.


From childhood I’ve been heavily influenced by comic books. Most of my life/style (sadly) revolves around these four color characters and their zany exploits. If I had to make a top ten list of these icons, it would include Bruce, Logan, T’Challa and Steve, but the #1 spot would go to Ollie.

Wait!?! What?!? How could I pick a spoiled rich boy, Batman wannabe you ask.

The answer can be found in the now legendary 1969 classic Brave and the Bold, issue #85. Written by Bob Haney and illustrated by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano. Originally created by Mort Weinsinger and George Papp, this issue was the unveiling of Green Arrow’s new modern day look and Robin Hood attitude by Adams and Giordano.

The real grab for me was on page 18 where Batman and Green Arrow bust in on the criminals and their hostage who has a gun to his head, now Batman is about to give in but GA quickly uses an arrow that bounces off of three walls to jam in the trigger of the gunman.

BraveAndBold085-19And in the very next panel:

Batman– “I saw it, but I still don’t believe it, G.A.!”

Green Arrow– “It goes with the costume!”

I mean come on, he saved the day and impressed Batman, how could I not love this character? And there have been other moments and characters who would wield the bow, keep my attention and make me think hard about taking archery classes.

For now I’ll live with the great job the CW is doing with Arrow and my work for the Sketchbook Project.


The Sketchbook Project – Update

To celebrate another personal orbit around the sun, I jumped into the Bow & Arrow theme for my contribution to this years Sketchbook Project by taking a research trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in NY.

IMG_20141113_142815Walking the hall of the Met is always a creative boost, helping me strive to draw more. Enjoy some of my favorite works along with a small taste of the progress I’ve made so far with my theme, thanks to the star of Arrow for the reference.

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