November 27, 2012

Last weekend was the monthly Sunday Sketchcrawl for Urban Sketchers Montreal. We had 12-15 people out at the Redpath Museum for a day of sketching the curiosities within.



Only the hardiest (or craziest) Montreal sketchers were out at 10am in -8c. There's Helmut, Shari and Jennifer sketching from the steps of the Redpath. We lasted about 45 minutes before fleeing for the Tim Hortons. (Timmy's is a Canadian landmark - our local Dunkin' Donuts). 



Once warmed up we spent the afternoon in the museum. I'm always attracted to the stuffed animals. Charmingly morbid. I saved a lot of skulls for a future trip. And a suit of Samurai armor - as we're planning to go to a big Japanese armor show later in the year.  But next outing (January) we're going to the art gallery. I think outdoor sketching in Montreal is officially over for the season.

11 comments :

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I like these very much, Marc! What paper were you working on?

Shari Blaukopf said...

We'd better get our stories straight. I said we were out in the cold for 52 minutes!

Richard Sheppard said...

Amazing work as alway Marc!

Marcia Milner-Brage said...

Great energy in all three. I loved discovering the touch of color on the bottom large bird. Similarly, I didn't see the sketcher standing beyond the horned animals at first. Fun to discover upon a 2nd look.

Jim Scheel said...

Love the perspective on the first one. The line work on the animals is really nice, also.

Luc said...

like it. Marc, which ink do you use with Lamy. The Lamy itself ? or some other brand ?

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it's not the ink, nor the paper... I think the cold and a big talent just made them

marctaro said...

Hey thanks guys - but yes, Shari and the others drew for 52 min - I went and found the coffee at 45 - so they win the polar drawing contest. Though we have one sketcher, Emanuel, who is a carpenter, he was standing around in a thin coat and no gloves. He says working outside every day in Montreal (sawing wood in the snow), you get used to it. Amazing.

Re: pens and papers, the building is a Lamy pen with the 'standard' water soluble cartridge they sell, the paper is a Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook (8x11ish size).

The hints of color in the ink sketch is made by exaggerating little effects in the scanning process. (Hue/Sat, and Curves in CS4) Tho the actual ink is not black-black - it seems to vary from blue black to warm to almost purple depending on density and the individual cartridge. Color in the pencil sketches is digital paintover.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Thanks Marc--I was wondering about the slight show-through, which you've mentioned before. Somehow it works beautifully for you!

Love your line quality...

Veronica Lawlor said...

hey Marc - that first drawing is a knock-out!

Bajzek said...

Love all of them, specially the sketches of the animals.