Annual Winter Girl Collection

Essentially it’s people watching while on the go. Every so often I catch a
glimpse of someone interesting in everyday situations. Typically it’s someone
walking dogs, riding bikes, jogging, shopping – you name it – and naturally
for me I tend to remember the moments when it’s a pretty girl as the subject.

Since 2004 I thought to begin a theme of sketches that differs from
cafe sketching, in which case you are essentially doing a life drawing and the
subject may or may not be aware. Winter Girl sketching is a much more
challenging exercise (at least for me), using imagination and what memories
each individual evoked at the time. I take the memory to the sketchbook long
after the fact — attempting to capture the moment. It makes it more anonymous
for both the subject and myself. Not that I wouldn’t like to meet these pretty ladies.

Anyway, here they are from most recent 2007 and back to when I first started
in 2004.

This young lady I saw leaning against a light post on a cold and misty day in
San Francisco. I couldn’t tell if she was dialing a cell phone or choosing a playlist
on her mp3 player. Her pose kind of described that she might be avoiding glare
on the LCD screen, thus her bent over posture. Not sure if I remebered it clearly


This next girl seemed to have it together in wool fashions of today. She was a girl
I saw shopping in Napa just after the new year, I drew her up from memory but
had a little help from reference for the lighting on her face.

Winter Girl 2006

Downtown San Francisco business girl looking happy about her future with a jaunty walk.


Another Napa, CA girl on a sunny, crisp Napa winter’s day.

This memory sketching goes further than the Winter Girl theme. Here are a couple more.

Meet Jennifer. A girl that worked at a local car rental place. She picked me up at the auto
shop and was charming, conversational and quite pretty. A student from the east coast
finishing up at SF State.


And a girl driving a pickup truck that glanced over at a stoplight and offered a nice smile.

Stoplight Girl

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Tom has worked for over two decades in television, advertising, and feature film animation. Tom was Character Sculptor and Effects Animator on the Warner Bros/Lorimar Gumby Adventures‚ TV series (1987-1988) and Gumby Movie‚ the stop-motion feature film (1991). In 1991 at Colossal Pictures, Tom's Animation Direction debut Coca-Cola Watch‚ won a Clio Award. In 2000 he became Co-Partner at Way Out West Prods in San Francisco. Tom joined Maverix Studios in October of 2002 and was a dedicated principal member of the group until September 2011. Tom is now an artist for hire.
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