LACMA Courtyard

We went to the LA County Museum of Art yesterday, saw some exhibits (not Hockney, we didn’t have enough time for that) but the one on art glass was wonderful. At one point we took a break in the courtyard. Here are some of the people that were sitting close enough to see, but far enough away that I wasn’t caught drawing them. My objective was to see just how few marks I could make to suggest the person and their attitude.

Following this we went to the beach for dinner, then came back home and caught a 10 o clock showing of Disney’s “Cars.” In In spite of the fact that it’s marketed to a family audience (which all too often means witless and watered down) this was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in quite a while. There are so many sight gags that only people of a certain age would “get” that it was clearly intended as entertainment for all ages. Without giving away the plot, there’s a part of the story that involves a section of Route 66 … a road that I drove with my parents as a child. We will get this on DVD, no doubt, just to be able to see all the jokes we missed. A great movie with a Randy Newman score and CG as only Pixar can do it.


  1. pink
    July 4, 2006

    Nice drawing Karen. I think I recognize the woman in the very back. The man up front looks like a screenwriter. Didn’t know that Hockney is having a show.

    Saw “The Devil Wears Prada.” It’s really great. Also saw “The Road to Guantanamo” and have been having mild panic attacks ever since. Could use a good comedy now.

  2. Felicity
    July 5, 2006

    Oh, I can’t wait to see Cars now, I love animations! I think it’s a great exercise, to use fewer marks like this, one I should do myself. Your’s is very successful, that guy looks relaxed

  3. Felicity
    July 5, 2006

    And, I was going to say, pensive. The comments space keeps going off the edge of the screen!

  4. Nancy Bea
    July 5, 2006

    Love this ink croquis! Very expressive and also well-designed on the page. You are a pro and it shows.

  5. carole
    July 6, 2006

    You’ve achieved a lot there with a very few lines. I like it.

  6. Anastasia
    July 6, 2006

    Great sketch – love the simplicity of it
    I recently saw ‘Cars’ as well – I loved it and even got teary in the end – nice message!

  7. Andrew F.
    July 8, 2006

    Love the fewest lines possible approach. Even just the 2 vertical lines and a couple horizontals really define the space around the people. Really caught my eye.

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