Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year

Good luck to everyone for the New Year!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dog's life.

Just some quick digital sketches for the fun of it.

I think if I was a dog, I'd look something like this (without the flies, mind you!). Starting to feel a bit old around the joints lately.

Friday, October 7, 2011


This week marks my nephew's 4th birthday! We had great fun when he came to visit this summer. Also, his amazing mammy just completed a 15 mile race. Well done sis !! This little sketch is goes out to both of you!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Improve your memory...Mejorar la memoria!!

                                                   A4 Graphite+Watercolours

... by sketching!!! It's amazing in movies how suspects can remember where they where and what they did at a certain time on a certain day! I can't even remember what I did last week never mind a few weeks ago! But now that I'm organizing a bunch of sketches scanned in a few months ago, I find I can recall a lot of details about the person and the moment I was sketching.
The girl in this sketch was kept checking her watch and looking up and down the street, obviously waiting on someone. I started sketching as fast as possible, knowing she could get up any minute and leave ( I was hoping the person she was waiting on would turn up late , at least to give me enough time to finish the sketch!). I left the head til last to draw, due to her looking up and down nonstop. That made me a bit nervous, thinking I'll screw the drawing up.
Well, at least I can remember my whereabouts on the 11th of April between the hours of 16h to 18H!

Mejorar la memoria

...dibujando! Siempre me asombra la capacidad que tiene alguna gente para recordar donde estaban en tal fecha a tal hora en las películas cuando estan siendo interrogado por la policía. Yo no podría recordar ni donde estuve hace una semana. Sin embargo ahora que estoy organizando los dibujos que escaneé hace un par de meses, encuentro que puedo recordar muchos detalles de la persona y del momento en que la estaba dibujando.
La chica de este dibujo estaba mirando continuamente la hora y mirando la calle arriba y abajo, obviamente estaba esperando a alguien. Empecé a dibujarla con mucha prisa sabiendo que en cualquier momento se podría ir (yo quería que la persona llegase tarde, al menos lo suficiente para poder acabar el dibujo). Como la chica no paraba de mirar hacia todos lados, dejé la cabeza para lo último aunque me ponía nervioso pensar que iba a estropear el dibujo.

Bueno, al menos sé donde estuve el día 11 de abril!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dog ate my drawings

Ooops! Just when I finally got around to scanning a backlog of sketches... I ended up not having any time to organise them! At least I got to free the house of all the accumulated paper (although I did decide to keep this one). It's from the usual sketching spot, Av Gaudi.

                                ( A4 paper, pilot pen 0.7, digital colour)

Monday, May 16, 2011


Just found this on a CD, dates from 2003! (didn't have a computer back then). I remember needing help to scan it in work... and open it in Photoshop to add the text. At least I've learned something since then!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Avinguda de Gaudi II

Another one from my favourite sketching spot. Didn't get to add watercolours so I put some colours afterwards at home.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Avinguda de Gaudi

Finally got around to scanning some sketches. They are all from around my favourite sketching area, Avinguda de Gaudi. A great variety of characters can be found around. Tourists on the march between Hospital de San Pau and Sagrada Familia and the older locals coming out for their afternoon chat.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Barcelona Sketchbook Video

I had the idea of making a simple "fade on-fade off" type slideshow using the sketches from the previous post. When I started adding text, inspiration took over and things got out of hand! Finally, when I got the video more or less finished, I needed to get some music down, giving me a great excuse to dust off the guitar and drum machine. I think the final result reflects the inspiration I recieve from the surrounding architecture and the everyday hussle and bussle of the city centre, far better than I could with a simple slideshow. The clip is dedicated to my daughter, a non-stop source of inspiration and laughter.

Barcelona Sketchbook from David Coogan on Vimeo.