Twice this past month I’ve joined Urban Sketcher outings in my area. “My area” is a loose term. I chose these two because they were closer than most, even though each took over an hour to get to. Drawing is worth two and a half hours of travel.
The first event was at Seattle’s Union Station. The station itself is impressive, but when I walked outside and saw the China Gate announcing the entrance to Chinatown, I had to attempt it. Finding a lovely sunny spot out of the way of pedestrians, I quickly realized this would take some planning. I started with a simple pencil sketch to locate the basic proportions, then began inking in the details with an 005 pigma micron pen. Because I was drawing quickly to capture the scene, I had to make choices about what to include and what to leave out. I was going for the overall structure with a glimpse of the street going up hill behind it. I tried to stick to basic shapes and values. Because I like the overall drawing as it is, I decided not to add color.
The next outing was at a boatyard in Gig Harbor, a charming fishing village on Puget Sound. I knew there would be subjects in all directions and I was optimistic that I could quickly do two sketches. I started in on a fairly detailed drawing of nearby net sheds. I did this one on an 8″ x 10″ sheet of hot press watercolor paper, my favorite surface for ink and watercolor.
All those pilings took a longer than I thought they would and I barely had time for another drawing. With only 20 minutes left, I sketched the back of the boatyard building in my Stillman and Birn Epsilon Sketchbook. Although it’s quickly done, I like the spontaneity of it. I quickly sloshed some color on each drawing and dashed – late – to share my work with the others.
It is fun and inspiring to join others who love to draw. I’m looking forward to the next outing.
Excellent work as always. You are an inspiration
I also enjoy your work & your blog!
Thanks, Jane. I appreciate your comment!