It’s Sunday Sketchup time! Every Sunday I plan on putting up something I’ve drawn, in one form or another, on the blog. The content will be whatever has moved me during the previous week, and this may not always be travel-related.

Ever since Steph and I left on our trip, I’ve been slowly getting back to my roots in the fine arts. For years I was stuck behind a computer, working very little with my hands and even less outside of my office. As we’ve been moving around, the world has inspired me to concentrate on doing what I love, and what I love is to express my creativity. I love photography, and the blog has been a great outlet for that, but I also love to draw, and slowly getting back into the habit of sketching has been really enjoyable, so I thought I would share it with all of you!

About the Sketch

After a brief hiatus, Sunday Sketchup is back! We have been in Thailand for about two weeks now and our first week was spent in Bangkok just taking it easy and recharging. My level of inspiration was a bit low (not because of Thailand!) so I decided to give the sketches a pass for a week and let my creative battery recharge a bit. Well, things are feeling a lot more sorted now and life is back on track, and so my creative spirit has returned, so to speak.

This week I wanted to try a landscape. I haven’t really done a proper landscape in a long time, mostly limiting myself to architecture and little things, details, people, that sort of thing. Considering my relative lack of experience drawing things like this, I am fairly proud of the final drawing. It’s in my trademark Scribble Style™ so don’t get too close to the screen! This drawing is of the riverside in Ayutthaya, a town we really liked and found rather picturesque. Some of the wats were beautiful and in conjunction with the river made for a nice scene. I think I’ll try my hand at some more landscapes as time goes on, I liked drawing this one and feel like it turned out well enough that there is hope for future efforts.

Shameless plug: as always, I am available for commissioned work, not just drawings, but any sort of design or photography work you might want or need.

Written by: Tony

As a designer by trade and a former professional photographer, there isn't much in the world of visual communication that I haven't worked on. From web projects, to museum interiors, to weddings and portraits, my career to this point has run the gamut of visual media. Born and raised in a sleepy town in southeast Minnesota, I moved to Nashville to pursue my education. I ended up meeting the love of my life and adopting the two best dogs this side of the Mason-Dixon line. I love two-wheeled transport, trying new food and am a bit of a gadget freak. I love a good book, and have music playing almost constantly. After over a decade in the same city, I'm quickly getting used to the idea of having no fixed address, and hope all of you enjoy my ramblings about our ramblings.

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Read comments (4)

  1. June 30, 2013 at 8:10 am
    Jun. 30, '13

    Wow, very impressive. I like it more, actually, than the photos. Or differently, maybe! Thanks for deciding to share these!

    • July 3, 2013 at 5:44 am
      Jul. 3, '13

      Thanks for looking! Glad you like it, I’ll definitely be trying my hand at more as time goes on!

  2. June 30, 2013 at 11:52 am
    Jun. 30, '13

    Great job Tony! I think you should be proud of this one. If it’s your first of this kind for a long time, it must be like riding a bike, once you know how to do it, it never leaves. My sketches are somewhat similar, only done with “old school” pencil. The better thing with your method is that after a few months of carrying my drawings around in my pack, they become smudged. 🙁

    As you were in Ayutthaya, looks like you’re heading north. There’s nothing like a higher elevation and cooler weather to get you back in the mood for just about anything. Bangkok is a fun city, and it’s on my very short list of favorite large cities of the world, but it is at sea level, humid and very hot. If you could recharge your inspiration there, think what will happen when you reach Chiang Mai. I hope you guys got your camera situation sorted out.

    • July 3, 2013 at 5:48 am
      Jul. 3, '13

      Bangkok is definitely the hottest part of Thailand, it can definitely be a sauna in summer. Thankfully we’re here during rainy season, so the temperatures are much more agreeable. Chiang Mai is nice, but we headed further north into the mountains to Pai, which has been a real revelation.

      We did get the camera sorted, and came up with a compromise that is acceptable: the Panasonic GX-1. It’s no OM-D, but it will do for now. As far as compromises go, it’s a pretty good one, and we got a fantastic price on it in Bangkok at MBK.

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