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November 30, 2008

Meet the correspondents: Washington DC > Christian Tribastone



"I hail from Rochester NY, but have spent the last few years living outside of Washington DC, where I have been teaching art to fantastic kids at a fantastic elementary school.

My desire to start urban sketching began with a trip to Stockholm visiting family. The city demanded some attention portraying its beauty in pencil and ink which I was happy to provide. Fortunately the drawing bug stuck as I have been putting DC to paper (or more often cardboard) with the same interest I found in Sweden.

Making these urban sketches has become both an act of meditation and exploration for me. It helps me seek out and discover new parts of this city I call home, as well as focus on spaces and places I may have never paid attention to otherwise.

DC has an abundance of grand recognizable architecture, and hopefully I can bring some attention to some of the smaller and equally beautiful character of this city as well."

• Christian's blog.
• Christian's art on Flickr.

9 comments :

Nina Johansson said...

Welcome to Urban sketchers! I checked out your work the other day, and I´m in awe. Your works on cardboard knocked my socks off! Lots of inspiration there...
I´m looking forward to seeing your posts!

Tommy Kane said...

Welcome. Very nice drawing.

Don McNulty said...

Wish I was in your class Mr. Tribastone. These are so cool - wicked drawings. your blog is wicked also, looking forward to more.

Björn Eskil said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone, I feel I am in fantastic company with this community. I am very excited to start contributing to the site.

Claire said...

I love your distinctive style! And as I'm currently living in DC, I'm looking forward to getting a new perspective on familiar (and new) places around the city. I love it here and I'm always glad when other people do, too.

Eric said...

Ah, a fellow Rochestarian! I'll look at your blog after Finals but that image on your first post is wonderful! What a great tone from the cardboard. Why/how did you pick cardboard? Does it take the white better than paper?

Björn Eskil said...

I think I started working on cardboard because it was less intimidating than canvas. I ended up loving the aesthetics of working on it. It's neutral tone, reusing a material, an added layer of history to the piece as an object, and often there is a graphic element on the paper bag or cardboard that creates an interesting play with the drawing. Basically I just like how it looks!

Liz Steel said...

Love your work and can't wait for all your blogs!

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