8X10 Pen & Ink Study hit with Pastels on #140 Strathmore Water Color Paper: I was sketching this fisherman who was taking down his gear when I saw this runner coming our way. By the time I got the camera out he was chugging past us. The fisherman got the 1st sketch; I got a moment in time.


california, beach, carmel, fishing, running

I am semi retired and love to travel with my 9X12 #140 Strathmore pad, my Sharpie Ultra Fine ink pen and five or six sticks of pastels or acrylics to color in my “finds” Sometimes I get real lucky and my wife Dawn will take some pictures I can use later. I seem to always be able to give some kind of sketch to my subjects or those bystanders who desperately want to give me some advice.

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  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamover 3 years ago

    Superb study!

  • Thank you Michael, as you can see I’m going for that same winter low cold light that I saw in Barcelona.

    – Randy Sprout

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 3 years ago

    Love it! (December 15th, 2010)

  • Thank you E.R.. and I love your idea for a group.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesover 3 years ago

    Congrats Randy! I really love the look of this.

  • Thanks very much my friend.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Mick Kupresanin
    Mick Kupresaninover 3 years ago

    This is remarkable Randy. The shading looks great. At first glance i thought it was computer art. Ink work is special and pastel in the waves gives this work a great feel. Your very good.

  • Thanks Mike! This was I think because of the back light and the waves just came brilliantly with the dust. They were much calmer than I drew them, but when the picture started to go that way I just followed.

    – Randy Sprout

  • WILT
    WILTover 3 years ago
    Truly superb frozen moment in time


  • Thank you very much Wilt and good to meet you.

    – Randy Sprout

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Excellent artwork Randy !!!

  • Thanks very much George.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    What I love about this is the strong light, and the sand! Really exceptional work Randy. You are making this technique your own! Could it be the birth of a new art movement – ‘Sproutism’! LOL!

  • Thanks very much dear dusty queen. This was where I learned that breaking the points off the white into the paper makes a really great mark, that is what I then used with the skim boarder. The ink comes very natural for an etcher like me, but oh man I am loving this dusty stuff! Can you feel the sweat on the back of that runner?

    – Randy Sprout

  • Niki Hilsabeck
    Niki Hilsabeckover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Niki. I love your group!

    – Randy Sprout

  • Sally Sargent
    Sally Sargentover 3 years ago

    Fun study, Randy, Nice perspective of Monastery Beach fading into Point Lobos. You certainly get around. One moment it’s the Malibu Pier and the next it’s the Carmel River entrance. Either place, your work is spectacular. Sally

  • Thank you very much my friend.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Geraldine M Leahy
    Geraldine M Leahyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful texture in the sand! Lovely light and shade.

  • Thanks very much Geraldine, I remember your beet root from last year had some great ink work.

    – Randy Sprout

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