Sketching at the Davis Farmers’ Market

Sketching at the local farmers’ market is drawing subject overload. A sketcher’s dream. So our local sketch group, Let’s Draw Davis, met there headed up by Pete Scully, a locally and maybe internationally known urbansketcher. (He also had published sketching books in which some of my sketches are in.)

I’ve been trying to get more quick sketch people in.  I love sketching people performing, all dressed up or just behaving in a normal fashion. The arm of the band singer and the head of the nursing mother is a bit off but quick sketching is about capturing the gesture – no concern about getting the proportions right.

Check out my Flickr page for more sketches. Enjoy!

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Band Singer, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in a Moleskine pocket size watercolor sketchbook, marker and watercolor
Nursing, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in a Moleskine pocket size watercolor sketchbook, marker and watercolor

UCD Arboretum sketch

For the month of August I had been taking an intensive online painting lessons and had not been able to paint. But I’m able to put in some sketches.

Sunday morning I took my mother to the UCD arboretum. Many gardens and native plants. Then we came to a hill with benches that overlook the arboretum. Breathtaking! I hoped I was able to capture the faraway trees and the water flowing.

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“Spending Time to Ponder” watercolor and Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen small in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, pocket size.

Let’s Draw Davis Sketchcrawl

The sketching group that I meet every month met today in the over 100 degree F heat to sketch Davis. The goal was to sketch the hidden spots that are so common in downtown Davis, small boutique shops and unique restaurants. I managed to sketch an antique store front but sketching the sketchers inspired me more.

Trees Sketches

The weather had been beautiful, people were out in the parks, and fortunately I had my pocket size Moleskine sketchbook.

I tried to achieve very minimal in these sketches. Just the shadow details and a touch of colors. Maybe too much color. But I enjoyed not being stressed out about putting in color.

Check out my Flickr page for more pen and ink sketches.

Still sketching

Moleskine sketchbook 14DEC2016

Spending most of my time caring for my mother. Sketching keeps me active; keeps the creative juice going. I carry very minimal supplies; my Moleskine sketchbook, 5×8 inches, pen, white gel pen and watercolor set with a waterbrush – all fits in my bag.

Everyday Sketches

I’m continuing on with my daily sketching in my Moleskine sketchbook. I had started out using a Lamy Safari pen filled with Noodler’s black ink. The lines were not as fine even though the nib was a EF (extra fine). So I switched over to a Pilot penmanship (from Japan) and the nib is very fine. Love it!

Then I came across a children’s book, The Gift of the Magi illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. Her drawings look so delicate of watercolor and light brown ink, possibly sepia. The lines are not that bold. So fortunately I had Walnut Ink by Tom Norton.  I filled the ink in the Lamy Safari and the lines are perfect – not too thick. And also it appears that the ink does not dissolve with the watercolors.



I had just signed for an online workshop, “Draw Like It’s Hot” in  Sketchbook Skool . It’s about drawing food. I welcomed this challenge to sketch food but also to record through drawings food that I used to prepare for a meal. In the final assignment we are to prepared a sketch of a recipe that would be posted on a food recipe website. Kinda like illustrating for a book.

Daily Sketches

I had been carrying around a Moleskine Sketchbook for getting some sketching in. I had been using a Fabriano notebook but found the paper to be too thin. What I liked about the Moleskine is that the paper is thick and holds a light wash of watercolor well.

Sketches by Marlene Lee, 11/2/16
Sketches by Marlene Lee, 11/4/16

Here’s one of my favorite pages of sketches…parents and coaches watching soccer and my mother. With people I worked with quick gestural lines to capture the expression of the spectators. Most of them “posed” for about a minute or two. The sitting spectators posed longer. And, of course, my mother posed longer.

Sketches by Marlene Lee, 11/5/16
Sketches by Marlene Lee, 11/8/16