Drawing Table for One

Drawing + food = the marriage of my two favorite obsessions
Today was a little hazy, mostly because I was sleep deprived. A late night of designing followed by an early morning to prepare for a presentation equaled into about 4.5 hours of sleep. After a great meeting with a potential client (fingers-crossed), I decided to grab lunch at my favorite cozy spot near Rice University, Raven Grill. It’s been one of my favorite spots for the last 6+ years… many birthday dinners have taken place here. :)
I decided to do a quick sketch while I was waiting for my food to arrive. I still haven’t taken a nap today, but drawing has a caffeine-like effect on me. It wakes me up. 
www.theravengrill.com
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Today was a little hazy, mostly because I was sleep deprived. A late night of designing followed by an early morning to prepare for a presentation equaled into about 4.5 hours of sleep. After a great meeting with a potential client (fingers-crossed), I decided to grab lunch at my favorite cozy spot near Rice University, Raven Grill. It’s been one of my favorite spots for the last 6+ years… many birthday dinners have taken place here. :)

I decided to do a quick sketch while I was waiting for my food to arrive. I still haven’t taken a nap today, but drawing has a caffeine-like effect on me. It wakes me up.

www.theravengrill.com

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A couple of folks have asked me how I start my drawings. First I look at the space, drop a few key lines on the “page” to get the perspective and proportions right (or as right as I can get them) and then let the rest of the drawing flow. I must confess that I use the eraser and the “rewind” feature quite a bit but my goal is not to draw the perfect drawing. I usually start with the ink pen and then use the fountain pen for a heavier line weight/contrast. Here’s an image of my Cafe Rabelais drawing before I added color.

A couple of folks have asked me how I start my drawings. First I look at the space, drop a few key lines on the “page” to get the perspective and proportions right (or as right as I can get them) and then let the rest of the drawing flow. I must confess that I use the eraser and the “rewind” feature quite a bit but my goal is not to draw the perfect drawing. I usually start with the ink pen and then use the fountain pen for a heavier line weight/contrast. Here’s an image of my Cafe Rabelais drawing before I added color.

Trisha: Thanks for the beautiful drawing. It’s hanging in my room right now.
Napoleon Dynamite: Really? It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It’s probably the best drawing I’ve ever done.

Napolean Dynamite

My lunch at Cafe Rabelais : Le Provencal with frites and a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau… and my iPad being neglected, temporarily. :)
http://caferabelais.com/menu2.html

My lunch at Cafe Rabelais : Le Provencal with frites and a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau… and my iPad being neglected, temporarily. :)

http://caferabelais.com/menu2.html

One of my favorite restaurants in Houston is Cafe Rabelais. The mussels, to die for. The frites, the best. And the profiteroles? Heaven sent. I went there for lunch last week and was lucky enough to snag a table with a perfect view of the dining room. A glass of Beaujolais, a vegetable/goat cheese sandwich on a crunch baguette,and sketching. What’s not to love? :)
www.caferabelais.com
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One of my favorite restaurants in Houston is Cafe Rabelais. The mussels, to die for. The frites, the best. And the profiteroles? Heaven sent. I went there for lunch last week and was lucky enough to snag a table with a perfect view of the dining room. A glass of Beaujolais, a vegetable/goat cheese sandwich on a crunch baguette,and sketching. What’s not to love? :)

www.caferabelais.com

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My favorite kind of drawing music… Knowing. Sad. Completely Beautiful.

Lush Life - Hartman & Coltrane

I went to Boheme late one night after work just to unwind. It had been a long week so I decided to go to my favorite local watering-hole for a beverage and some sketching. While I was there I noticed this very uncomfortable/indifferent couple sitting across the bar from me. Not sure what was going on but he looked bored out of his mind while she spent all of her time texting friends. Everyone has a story… I wonder what theirs is?
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I went to Boheme late one night after work just to unwind. It had been a long week so I decided to go to my favorite local watering-hole for a beverage and some sketching. While I was there I noticed this very uncomfortable/indifferent couple sitting across the bar from me. Not sure what was going on but he looked bored out of his mind while she spent all of her time texting friends. Everyone has a story… I wonder what theirs is?

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If you’ve never been to Nouveau Antique Art Bar, you’re missing out on one of Houston’s most visually interesting spots. The dim yet warm (and flattering) glow of hundreds of Tiffany style antique lamps will transport you to 1930’s Paris in a heartbeat. Unfortunately the place is pretty dead during the week, hence the detailed drawing of the interior… no one was there. If you live in, or plan on visiting Houston - give these good folks some business. I’d hate for it to shut down. Such a unique and cool spot.
www.art-bar.net
This drawing was made with a REAL pen and paper! Haha! :)

If you’ve never been to Nouveau Antique Art Bar, you’re missing out on one of Houston’s most visually interesting spots. The dim yet warm (and flattering) glow of hundreds of Tiffany style antique lamps will transport you to 1930’s Paris in a heartbeat. Unfortunately the place is pretty dead during the week, hence the detailed drawing of the interior… no one was there. If you live in, or plan on visiting Houston - give these good folks some business. I’d hate for it to shut down. Such a unique and cool spot.

www.art-bar.net

This drawing was made with a REAL pen and paper! Haha! :)

Late nights and early mornings have been spent at my favorite “once a gas station” now a restaurant/cafe, Empire Cafe. Early morning light makes it easier to admire the now totally sun-bleached paintings of the half-nude gals hanging on the walls. I often wonder what will happen when they’re completely bleached out… and, who’s the artist?!?  www.empirecafe.com
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Late nights and early mornings have been spent at my favorite “once a gas station” now a restaurant/cafe, Empire Cafe. Early morning light makes it easier to admire the now totally sun-bleached paintings of the half-nude gals hanging on the walls. I often wonder what will happen when they’re completely bleached out… and, who’s the artist?!?  www.empirecafe.com

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The exterior of my FAVORITE bar/cafe in Houston’s always magical and somewhat grungy  neighborhood of Montrose. I haven’t had a chance to draw the patio/sculpture garden in the backyard, but that’s coming soon. What to drink at Boheme? Sangria of course! :) Montrose has started changing lately… nicer homes, fancier restaurants… but places like Boheme help to keep it real. www.barboheme.com
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The exterior of my FAVORITE bar/cafe in Houston’s always magical and somewhat grungy  neighborhood of Montrose. I haven’t had a chance to draw the patio/sculpture garden in the backyard, but that’s coming soon. What to drink at Boheme? Sangria of course! :) Montrose has started changing lately… nicer homes, fancier restaurants… but places like Boheme help to keep it real. www.barboheme.com

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