Squirrel sketch

Welcome to August! For the past few days, I have been fervently returning to my pencils and inks and sketchbook. I never quite know how or where the creative pendulum is going to swing, but I’m happy for this unexpected deep-dive back into drawing (let’s see how long it lasts). I’ve also welcomed a new addition to my art supply family: gouache! More on this in a later post.

I thought I’d kick off this spate of drawings by sharing an oldie. It was drawn in 2012, when I was living in Chicago’s Hyde Park – alongside some of the largest squirrels I have ever seen.

squirrel

Happy Weekend to you!

Once upon a picture day…

Dad portrait 1

…in a Hong Kong elementary school…

When I came to Switzerland, I took some photos of my parents with me.  This one is among my favourite photographs of my father—taken when he must have been roughly 13.  I imagine  him sitting for the picture under a reflective umbrella in a stuffy gymnasium full of excited and chatty children, all wearing their pressed 1960s school uniforms.  In the photograph, like in this pencil + ink portrait, he is looking slightly away and off to the side.  I imagine a goofy classmate standing in the picture-taking queue making silly faces, and I interpret this side-long glance as my father’s best attempt at holding a pokerface.  This photograph is also perhaps the first time (never to be repeated?) I have seen him wearing a skinny tie.

Just some reflections for  the back-to-school season.  Happy September, kids!