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March 3, 2013

Performance sketching

As urban sketchers we are used to people looking over our shoulders as we draw on street corners or in cafés. But drawing on a wall in front of a crowd  — that's a new experience, at least for me. Marc Taro Holmes and I were invited to be part of the Nuit Blanche party at the Canadian Centre for Architecture last night. We thought we'd be drawing on giant sheets of paper but as it turns out we were given a box of sharpies and a bare wall in a gallery space as part of the exhibition ABC : Montréal. We didn't have a master plan but both of us had some laser copies of our recent Montreal sketches so we improvised. Before the crowds arrived, we figured out what the design of the mural would be: Marc's sketch of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral would be the largest vertical element with my panorama of Montreal as the horizontal baseline. In between we would weave in other elements from our sketches: a bit of Old Montreal, the Plateau Mont Royal, Carré St. Louis Victorian houses, Griffintown construction and some of Marc's beautiful statues for the detailing.


Here's the start of the Sharpie drawing with some of our sketches taped to the wall.


A few hours into the drawing, and tired of repeating the name of our group, I integrated the Urban Sketchers website into the mural (in my best imitation of the font Gill Sans Bold).


As the night wore own crowds gathered, took photos and tried to figure out the locations of various parts of the mural.


We're almost finished (6 or 7 hours later!!) — just unifying the design with a center mass of distant buildings and trees.


And here is the final mural. A true Urban Sketchers collaborative experience!




24 comments :

Orling Dominguez said...

Wow, that looks like fun and the way you guys planned how to unify it all came out great. Congrats!

ol'red said...

What a terrific idea! Imagine if there had been more people sketching! Great sketches as well, but that's what I expect from both of you!
Frank B

veronica said...

How cool is that?!! It looks fabulous! Congrats!

VHein said...

WOW! This is terrific--Congratulations Shari and Marc!

Agnès Bolley-Vittot said...

that looks beautifully unified - would not be able to tell who did what! great job of collaboration.

Marina Grechanik said...

wow! urban sketching taken to a different media! looks so fun!

Shiho Nakaza said...

Congratulations, Marc and Shari - what an experience, and what a wonderful result! It must have been fun (and nerve-wracking?)

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks Shiho! It was only fun and not at all nerve-wracking. People were so appreciative.
Thanks Marina. I keep saying how much fun it was but I guess I was surprised by the experience. Of course Marc is such a confident draughtsman that I just followed his lead.
Agnes, yes, although our lines are different we were able to combine them quite well.
Thanks Virginia!
Thanks Orling, Frank and Veronica.
Orling, miraculously it worked out for us.

marctaro said...

We were thinking rid could be a great project for a symposium - USKers leave behind a mural in the host city :)

memi said...

Really great!

marctaro said...

Re: integrating the line work - we switched back and forth working on the big areas, then blending our linework with smaller 'filler' - trees and small buildings from Shari's panorama. Frequently stepping back and making sure the drawing kitted together well, some parts we both drew over a few times. At the end we kept all the hatching in the same vertical direction - that helped blend even more.

Chantal said...

What a fantastic collaboration! The finished wall looks amazing. What a treat for the other people attending. Great work!

gabi campanario said...

This is really cool!

Richard Sheppard said...

Looks great and sounds like a whole lotta fun. Great job!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

WOW. What a great event, and a brilliant job...wish I could see it in person.

Élise Palardy said...

Hey! C'est chez moi, ça! Et j'ai manqué ce merveilleux évènement... Snif! Snif! Bravo à vous tous! IT'S MARVELOUS! Wowwww!

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks Chantal, Gabi, Richard and Kate. Élise, c'est dommage! C'était vraiment merveilleux. J'espère qu'ils vont penser à nous l'année prochaine aussi!!

Don McNulty said...

Way to go Shari and Marc!

Suhita said...

wow Shari and Marc, what a fabulous experience for you and for the viewers! Wishing I could be a fly on the wall, watching...

hesir said...

This looks fantastic... Great work from all involved, We (The Hull Urban Sketches, UK) got invited into a similar gig when we turned up to see some of our Urban Sketching work in an exhibition. It was a great night, with artists of all ages, would love to do it again... (Dom Li has some images here on his blog - http://domanicli.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/making-marks-exhibition.html)

Nina Johansson said...

Such a great accomplishment, you two! Looks completely fantastic! And what a great idea to let you draw on the wall, let´s ask for a wall to draw on for every following Symposium from now on! : )

omar said...

fantastic! it is an amazing image!

Veronica Lawlor said...

Wow! Great job!

Liz Steel said...

WOW!!! that looks amazing and so much fun. I would love to do that one day !!!!(of course you were sketching from your sketches not on location - oops, shouldn't have mention that!?! but hey it is so fantastic!) I love the integration of the line work.