Wednesday, August 15, 2018


New short video where I'm back drawing on the train again. I also reveal how I have virtually no mistakes in my drawings! Check it out!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Drawing and Painting Optimus Prime Action Figure For Exercises :)

I these two videos I show my process of drawing and painting one of my favorite toys the MP10 Optimus Prime Transformer action figure. I did this purely for drawing exercise and want to share my adventure with you. I chose this subject to draw because I knew it would be a challenge and keep me drawing for multiple sessions. My approach was as it always is which is to start drawing and complete the drawing... that simple lol. This was a different subject for me as I usually draw people out on location.

 The drawing video is a silent film - no dialog. The painting video has some explanation of my process and a little about what you can expect from my videos in the near future.

 Question: What subject could you draw and paint to shake up your mojo with something different??

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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I drew this girl on the train in the same drawing session as the first Sketchbook Time. I decided to play around with markers in on this one. This is the second video uploaded in about 2 years... EXCITING!!! And glad to be back. 

While working on this mural:
in West Oakland one of the artists on the mural was shot and killed right in front of me. Though I had witnessed similar events while growing up in South Central Los Angeles - this one was most devastating because I was in a happy place creating art and the was abruptly slammed into another reality in an instant and forces to stomach it. 

As the weeks and months progressed I began to spiral downward into a very dark place where I'd lost the thirst to do art. I became a civilian - stopped drawing, painting, creating video or posts for my blog. I even began to not like teaching where I quite teaching at a site I had been for almost a decade... just simply walked away from it. Ofcourse this caused a financial tornado... I just didn't care. 

Some how I got tired of being down and dormant so I began to seek ways to heal my spirit. Lots of reading and practices later I'm finally beginning to get aroused by art again. I sort of had to force myself to look at art and films and listen to music etc. This was not as easy as it sounds. You have to really want out of depression in order to get out of it. I just didn't like the life of not creating. 

I was invited to join an organization where I was teaching art and life skills in Bay Area Juvenile Hall facilities. This helped to bring me back to life. The youth were amazed by my work and some of my ideas which was inspirational for me. They'ed ask me to draw pictures of them and then watched me paint the portraits. I did many demos and to see how much they appreciated seeing me ( a positive role model) was eye opening. 

I showed them my youtube videos (they don't have internet access in juvenile hall so I had to burn my videos to DVD) and they asked for more... but I did have anymore because I had stopped due to depression. They kept asking me to do more so over time I tried but just wasn't there yet. Finally - now I'm inspired enough to upload again. I'm excited about the future of my channel so thanks for viewing this video, thumbs upin' and everything else.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Painting Reportage Drawings / Instructional Video


"One of the FASTEST and best ways to LEARN" besides taking classes is to watch INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS! I've learned lots watching downloadable videos. The reason this format is so powerful is because you can watch it over and over until you've got it.

I created this Reportage (on-location) Drawing at a cafe for a class demonstration. I painted the drawing later at my studio with watercolors and filmed the entire painting process to create an instructional video that will be available soon in the "Store" section of this site. The aim of the video will be to make advanced methods and techniques "Simple!"

Among the topics covered in the video are:

Color Theory
Color Palette
Lighting Effects
and More!


The video consist of a full demonstration, lecture and exercises. I had to push the launch date back to add more value to the product - but it will be available soon.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Designing Characters From The Live Model

I created the drawings below as a demo during my Fundamentals of Color class at Sharon Art Studio, San Francisco. It's a 10 week course where we go through many exercises in color theory and mixing color. I had a live model in this 8th session so the students could use all that they've learned in the use of color to depict the human form. 

I created my demo using Creative Figure Drawing, where I use the live model only as a basis to build from, then using imaginative elements I design fantastical characters. I will have some video footage available soon.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Drawing Video!!!! This time at Century City Mall In Los Angeles

New Drawing Video!!!! This time at Century City Mall In Los Angeles

So I went to see Mission Impossible this past weekend at the AMC Century City. 'Twas' a cool movie! Afterwards I created my own festivities by drawing people right I front of the theater. The video shows a small section of the drawing session however it was a good session. I recommend drawing in public places to anyone interested in Building Confidence in your drawing skills. 

You learn how to draw people who are moving, ways to approach proportion, perspective, likeness, and lots of other great stuff. Drawing in public is a true multi-vitamin, nutrient dense with learning opportunities. All of the above topics are covered in my eBook "Drawing ToolBox" available at this link:

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Creative Action Figure Drawing!!!!!

Creative Action Figure Drawing 
Drawings I did last night at the BAMA live figure drawing session in Berkeley. Instead of simply drawing the nude model I experimented around with creating action figures. I remember playing with 12 inch 1/6 scale action figure dolls in the 80's (and still do sometimes smile emoticon 
Done in pen, tempura, watercolor and gouache.
#figuredrawing #figure #drawing #actionfigure #doll
#broken #vintage #gijoe #character #design

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New!! Creative Figure Drawing Instructional Video

Creative Figure Drawing is the practice of using the live model as a basis, then adding imaginative elements.

This is a brief walk-through of my process for creating a Creative Figure Drawing. I reveal tips, methods and techniques that will help you get better at figure drawing as well as Creative Figure Drawing
The video is in real time showing every stroke. I also talk about the supplies I use and how I use them to produce unique effects.
This short video gives a boost to anyone aiming to build confidence in drawing the human form. 
Watch on your computer or mobile device!! The video comes in both desktop and mobile versions. So you can add it to your phone of tablet and watch on the go!!!

Running Time:
10 minutes


Monday, May 18, 2015

Digital Drawing People At The Cafe - Demo Video

Heres the demo video of the image in the last post. It walks you through my process of sketching and painting in Adobe Photoshop.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Digital Drawing at the Cafe

Drawing people at The Mediterraneum Cafe in Berkelely. Working in Photoshop.

Vadar Creative Figure Drawing

Attending the figure modeling sessions at UC Berkeley I've been keeping up with
creative figure drawing. Being a lover of Star Wars I had to play around with some 
of its characters sooner or later. In case you don't recognize (believe it or not some 
people don't know about Star Wars) this is a sexy female version of Darth Vadar. 
Perhaps Padme' is wearing one of her husbands uniforms, waiting for him to arrive
so she can explore his secret dominatrix fetish. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cross Culture & Genre - Creative Figure Drawing

I haven't updated my blog in a while, been working working working on art. I will add all of the recent images as soon as I photograph them... quite a bit of stuff. Here is one of my recent creative figure drawings done at UC Berkeley. I've been experimenting around with a mixture of culture and genre. In this piece I examine what I call a "Sci Fi-Victorian" (Scitorian) lingerie garment, the Maroi culture tattoos and a Japanese anime Mecha head. Also mixing fine art genre with concept illustration.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Character design from creative figure drawing

18 x 24
Ink & watercolor on archival paper

This is a character design that became one of my Creative Figure Drawing sessions. Creative Figure Drawing is a practice used in the fields of illustration, animation, film and others. 

I used the live, nude figure model as a structural basis to build my design upon. The way in which I draw and Teach Drawing, using the Direct Line, makes it a fun and wondrous process to imagine into the design of the drawing without have any prior planning or previously conceived ideas of the outcome.

This drawing took about 25 - 30 minutes to draw and detail. This is only a light pass at detail. If I were to take this character design further, there would be more layers of detail conceptualized and add. However in a Creative Figure Drawing session you are able to pen & brush up an idea the move onto the next post and design. With the proper approach to drawing you can create lots of designs in one 3 hour session.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014



Instructional video



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Creative Figure Drawing

Been drawing at UC Berkeley figure drawing sessions. Focusing on creative figure drawing; using the figure as a basis and adding an element of imagination. The face dressing and body decor was not on the actual model - all from imagination. This is a great exercise that I teaching in my workshops for character design.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Reportage Drawing in San Francisco/ One Day Workshop - session 1

This workshop aims to focus on loosening up and drawing complex scenes with energy and expression and without hesitation or fear. During this workshop you will learn various methods, techniques, tips and tricks for how to effectively and boldly draw buildings, cityscapes, moving people and cars. We will also be drawing while riding public transit buses and trains. I will be doing lots of demonstrations to show you how I draw on public transit vehicles.
This is for beginners who wish to develop confidence as well as the advanced who would like to break out of a rigid routine and draw more loosely. 

We will be drawing on-location in various areas of San Francisco, riding trains, streetcars, buses and doing some walking.  To view more details and purchase a ticket click the link below.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Drawing at Toastmasters

I'm a member Toastmasters International and usually I can't draw because I'm busy listening to public speakers or speaking myself but this monday I attended a different groups meeting so I was able to get some practice in. These are four speakers I captured as they took center stage.

Top left: She was the Toastmaster for the evening. At the time she was reading the introduction for a speaker.

Top right: She was a speaker and did a great job.

Bottom left: She was another speaker who did a good job.

Bottom right: Michael Alexander who was doing an awesome table topics.

#Toastmasters #drawing #watercolor