April 11, 2014
The Classic Street Sketch and Other Philosophy
This unassuming sketch is a perfect example of why I'm hooked on Urban Sketching.
I'm waiting on the street corner, meeting people before a show. I'm there a few minutes early, and they're a few minutes late. It ends up being 25 minutes I'm sitting there waiting.
But this was actually perfect! I could pull out my book and sketch the building on the corner of Sherbrooke and Guy - which happens to be a favorite of mine. (Though locals will see I took considerable artistic license). I've heard these red stone hulks are called railway style? Remnants of the lost empire of Canada's rail barons. There's a good one of these on the map for our Griffintown sketchcrawl on the upcoming 4th Sunday.
So we got up to the theater, and the damn show is sold out. Since when is a show at the MFA sold out? But this is actually even better! Because we can go get something to eat and I can take out my half pans and add some color.
My point is - isn't that the classic urban sketch? Something you can do in any spare moment. A slice of life, as you find it. Time waiting isn't lost - it's turned into something creative.
I haven't been carrying a book at all times lately (because winter) - but I was inspired in Savannah when I saw Gabi Campanario make an entire drawing in the time it took the rest of us to find a restaurant on Google maps.
So that's my self-refresher on what's so awesome about carrying a sketchbook 24/7.
So, about the 'Other Philosophy' part - you might be interested in a short interview with myself, conducted by Julie Prescesky over at Design Inkarnation on the topic of urban sketching and living as an artist. She asked some thought provoking questions!