A Bit of Sketching Here and There

Christina Wald's Sketchbook Musings

Just got back from a 2 week trip to Romania with my friend Ioana who is working on a plant field guide to the country. So much fun touring the country and seeing castles, churches, villages and fortresses.

Our first stop was Brasov and OF COURSE Castle Bran in Transylvania.

I want to go back!

Spent the morning sketching at Spring Grove Cemetery with Amy and Vanessa. This is the amazing Dexter Mausoleum with flying buttresses!
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Spent the morning sketching at Spring Grove Cemetery with Amy and Vanessa. This is the amazing Dexter Mausoleum with flying buttresses!

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Happy Belated birthday H.P. Lovecraft. A day late but a little celebration sketch after finishing a big project today.
Now back to the grind…

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Happy Belated birthday H.P. Lovecraft. A day late but a little celebration sketch after finishing a big project today.

Now back to the grind…

Took a much needed sanity break to sketch with my friend Amy yesterday at the zoo. Beautiful day, love the new African Dog area but did not see any of the dogs… Next time…

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Little lunchtime sketch of Lauren Bacall with some leftover acrylic.

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Little lunchtime sketch of Lauren Bacall with some leftover acrylic.

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Sketch of Robin Williams from my favorite movie of his; The Fisher King directed by Terry Gilliam. (Also from my favorite scene.)
His monologue from the movie (and scene):
Parry: It begins with the king as a boy, having to spend the night alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king. Now while he is spending the night alone he’s visited by a sacred vision. Out of the fire appears the holy grail, symbol of God’s divine grace. And a voice said to the boy, “You shall be keeper of the grail so that it may heal the hearts of men.” But the boy was blinded by greater visions of a life filled with power and glory and beauty. And in this state of radical amazement he felt for a brief moment not like a boy, but invincible, like God, so he reached into the fire to take the grail, and the grail vanished, leaving him with his hand in the fire to be terribly wounded. Now as this boy grew older, his wound grew deeper. Until one day, life for him lost its reason. He had no faith in any man, not even himself. He couldn’t love or feel loved. He was sick with experience. He began to die. One day a fool wandered into the castle and found the king alone. And being a fool, he was simple minded, he didn’t see a king. He only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king, “What ails you friend?” The king replied, “I’m thirsty. I need some water to cool my throat”. So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life. And he turned to the fool and said with amazement, “How can you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?” And the fool replied, “I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.”

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Sketch of Robin Williams from my favorite movie of his; The Fisher King directed by Terry Gilliam. (Also from my favorite scene.)

His monologue from the movie (and scene):

Parry: It begins with the king as a boy, having to spend the night alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king. Now while he is spending the night alone he’s visited by a sacred vision. Out of the fire appears the holy grail, symbol of God’s divine grace. And a voice said to the boy, “You shall be keeper of the grail so that it may heal the hearts of men.” But the boy was blinded by greater visions of a life filled with power and glory and beauty. And in this state of radical amazement he felt for a brief moment not like a boy, but invincible, like God, so he reached into the fire to take the grail, and the grail vanished, leaving him with his hand in the fire to be terribly wounded. Now as this boy grew older, his wound grew deeper. Until one day, life for him lost its reason. He had no faith in any man, not even himself. He couldn’t love or feel loved. He was sick with experience. He began to die. One day a fool wandered into the castle and found the king alone. And being a fool, he was simple minded, he didn’t see a king. He only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king, “What ails you friend?” The king replied, “I’m thirsty. I need some water to cool my throat”. So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life. And he turned to the fool and said with amazement, “How can you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?” And the fool replied, “I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.”

Quick tribute to a friend and fellow sketcher who passed away this week. Jorge had put together an amazing worldwide community of fellow sketchers. You can see some of his sketches here. He was an architect who recently had developed a love for sketching and urban sketching.
It was completely unexpected. His wife said it was supposed to be a simple heart valve procedure. It is a stark reality that there is no such thing as a simple hart surgery and things can go wrong. It makes you realize how fragile life is… My thoughts and condolences go out to his wife and children.

Quick tribute to a friend and fellow sketcher who passed away this week. Jorge had put together an amazing worldwide community of fellow sketchers. You can see some of his sketches here. He was an architect who recently had developed a love for sketching and urban sketching.

It was completely unexpected. His wife said it was supposed to be a simple heart valve procedure. It is a stark reality that there is no such thing as a simple hart surgery and things can go wrong. It makes you realize how fragile life is… My thoughts and condolences go out to his wife and children.

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As requested, a sketch of Peter Capaldi as Danny in Local Hero. He kind of looked like Jack Farthing’s portrayal of Freddie in Blandings. (Which is a great show.)
I kept the same palette as the Cardinal Richelieu version.

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As requested, a sketch of Peter Capaldi as Danny in Local Hero. He kind of looked like Jack Farthing’s portrayal of Freddie in Blandings. (Which is a great show.)

I kept the same palette as the Cardinal Richelieu version.

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Playing around in the sketchbook after a day of painting pictures of crustaceans for a project.
In keeping with the Peter Capaldi theme, here he is as Cardinal Richelieu.

More playing with portraits…

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Playing around in the sketchbook after a day of painting pictures of crustaceans for a project.

In keeping with the Peter Capaldi theme, here he is as Cardinal Richelieu.

More playing with portraits…

Here is the rest of my Portland sketchbook covering the Icon 8 illustration convention and a little of our trip to the cascades. I finally have scanned most of them in.

It has been a non-stop tsunami of work since I got back in town and I an trying to keep from being swept away in a wave of all-nighters.

After the conference we took tours of some local wineries, saw the Cascade mountains, the site of Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel and Mt. Hood.

We also had a great time visiting with friends that just moved to Portland (who we miss already) and met many new friends.

Here is the first set covering the Chinese and Japanese Gardens. http://christinawaldsketches.tumblr.com/post/92018691160/first-set-of-sketches-from-my-trip-to-portland-or

First set of sketches from my trip to Portland, OR before the Icon Illustration conference started. As you can see, we went to a lot of gardens.

The top is a view of the Broadway Bridge from our condo.

More soon from the tip!

Several more sketches from the mini sketchbook in Chicago.

The Water Tower in Chicago done last Friday while we ate Garrett popcorn. I put a little color on it this week while painting other projects.

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The Water Tower in Chicago done last Friday while we ate Garrett popcorn. I put a little color on it this week while painting other projects.