Video: Drawing Demo Pt. 3 (June 30)

One thing I neglected to mention during the demo. What takes me 90 minutes to explain on Zoom should take approximately 10-15 minutes to draw in real-time. These are drawn fairly quickly, especially if you are only drawing the “wireframe” version of the animal. To fully render the drawing will take a little longer but no longer than 30 minutes. That is what you should aim for.

Another tip is to “warm up” with animals that don’t move. The reptile area at Honolulu Zoo is a good place to warm up, specifically the tortoises and snakes.

Updated info for July 2 Meet up at the Honolulu Zoo

A few changes for this Saturday’s 10:00am meet up. First off, I’ll be leading that day. Second, we learned something important last weekend about the zoo. A line forms well before the zoo opens at 10:00am. We were in line and didn’t get into the zoo until 10:30am!

That being the case we will still start at 10:00am but are changing the sketch sharing time from 11:30am to 12:00pm. We will meet for sharing at the huge lawn by the tiger enclosure. (See map)

Also I’ll stand in front of the zoo entrance at 10:00am up until 10:15am. If you arrive later and/or don’t see me assume I’ve already gone inside (or I might be in line). Just go ahead and go through admissions (bring Hawaii I.D. for $8 kamaaina rate), then go sketching to your hearts desire, and meet at 12:00pm by the lawn near the tigers so that we can share our wonderful animal sketches with each other.

As always send RSVPs to with your name and phone number so we know you’re coming and can send you updates if anything changes. Mahalo!

Look for me in my Urban Sketchers Oahu t-shirt! :)

Video: Drawing Demo Pt. 2 (June 23)

Video: Drawing Exercises, Hatching, 3D Forms

Here’s the video from yesterday’s drawing demo on Zoom.

The next drawing demo will be on Thursday, 6/23, from 6pm-7:30pm HST on Zoom. I will go more into 3D organic forms and will demo drawing an insect and lizard.

On Saturday, 6/25 we will be meeting for urban sketching at the Honolulu Zoo from 10:00am-12:00pm HST. Hope to see you there!

Send a message to if you would like to join either events.

Animal Drawing Demos

Drawing Demos will be every Thursday for the next 3 weeks (6/16, 6/23, 6/30) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Zoom. They’ll be recorded and posted here on the Urban Sketchers Oahu blog if you cannot attend live.

The first session (6/16) is a pre-req for the other two demos. I’ll be going over drawing exercises, hatching, cross-contours. Basically, fundamentals to set you up for drawing animals.

The second and third sessions I’ll be demonstrating how I go about drawing different animals. The 6/23 session will be easier starting with insects and other invertebrate, and also lizards. The 6/30 session will cover vertebrate animals. Each session builds from the previous one.

If you want to attend send a message to so that we can send you a zoom link.

Assets from Draw A Car Demo

Thank everyone for joining us this past Saturday. Here are my notes and the zoom video recording.

Point-to-Point Drawing Demo Files

Thanks everyone for joining our drawing demo today! Here are today’s drawing, the reference image, and the video recording. Unfortunately in the video recording part of the drawing was blocked by the participants windows. Next time we have a demo I’ll be sure to draw in the center of the screen instead of the side.

Notes from Sketching People Demo

Thanks for joining the sketching demo this morning. As promised here are my notes from today. Stay tuned for announcements on future demos. Send us an email if there’s a topic you’d like to see covered.

How to Draw a Goat Part 1 – Proportions

Howdy all! Our next sketching meet up at the goat farm, Sweet Land Farm, is this weekend! Aren’t you excited?! I’ve put together this little drawing demo of how I approach drawing goats. This first video goes over analyzing and internalizing a goat’s proportion so that when we’re all at the farm you can concentrate on drawing and not figuring out how-to-draw the goats.

To find out more about our drawing event this weekend please check out Teri’s post where you can also RSVP your spot: Ready, Set, GOAT! Hope to see you there!

8/22/2020 Virtual Sketching

A message from Terri:

Mahalo to everyone participating in our virtual sketching every Saturday. We know it’s not as fun as in-person group sketching but hopefully you are still having fun and enjoy sharing your art with fellow sketchers. Always so impressed with your artwork!

Saturday’s theme is to “Tell A Story In Isolation”. Think about how your sketch reflects YOU at this moment. Are you binge-watching Netflix? Perhaps, you are reading more books. Use colors to reflect your mood. This one is about YOU and your story. Can’t wait to see your creative sketches!