January 29, 2009

Meet the correspondents: SAN FRANCISCO > Marc Holmes

"I’m a concept artist in the film industry, currently living in Marin, Calif., just across the bay from San Francisco.

I’m kind of a late-starter as an artist; finally becoming a full time artist at age 40. Part of my method of self-re-training has been obsessive daily sketching – either from the model, from imagination, or by placing myself in exotic locales. After a few years of inveterate sketching I think it’s become a lifestyle.

I have a short attention span, so sketching and designing has always been my ideal form of expression. For me, the artist’s gestural line carries a lot of feeling that can be lost in protracted work. I started keeping sketchbooks while traveling, as a way of recording my experiences in foreign cities, while simultaneously calming my fidgity attention. Sketching actually lets me slow down and pay attention to things. It’s probably gotten a bit out of hand — often, I won’t even stop drawing during a conversation with friends… oh well! What can you do?!

Fortunately, work has taken me to San Francisco — a beautiful city full of baroque architectural detail. Every day in this city is like a holiday — everything I love about travel and sketching is right here where I live!"

• Marc's Citizen Sketcher blog.
• Marc's art blog.
• Marc's art on Flickr.


Liz Steel said...

Welcome! I love your work and totally agree with your comment about gestural lines. I too draw while talking to friends. Looking forward to your posts.

Isabel said...

welcome! allready know your work from flickr and happy to see you here. I'm a late starter as well and just draw from observation since 2004, so what! looking forward to your posts.

stupot said...

Nice one Marc - looking forward to seeing more of your trees! nice style

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

WOW, Mark, love the surety of your lines! (And love San Francisco, too, though I've only been there twice.) Welcome aboard!

lapin said...

your blog is incredible, welcome here!

szaza said...

I look forward to seeing your fabulous drawings of my former home :)

TIA said...

Greetings! Familiar SF landmark and thanks for the memories. Great sketch!

petescully said...

Your work's great, really cool, welcome on board!

Khaled said...

i really am in love with ur style
its dare and free