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August 15, 2014

My Summer Location Drawing Class at AAU, San Francisco (Pt 6: Hyde Street Pier)


My love of the sea and sea stories and ship lore brings me back every so often to the Hyde Street Pier, part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  I've posted sketches from here before, often drawing the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, with its tall masts and complex rigging, so I turned my attention this time to some of the other points of interest. Class met at 8:30, but the pier doesn't open until 10:00, so after a quick lesson on trees, I stood at the gate for a while and drew this 1914 paddlewheel and 20s donkey steam engine, with a view of the pier proper angling off in the distance. After morning notes, I generally set the students loose to go draw what they like, with a check-in around noon and a meetup and review at the end of the day, but some of the them have started to figure out the secret of the class, which is that as I sketch, I'm actually giving a demo of technique, process, materials and style for anybody who wants to watch, draw along side me, and ask questions - whether anyone does so or not. This time we had a special guest: my good friend Tammy Stellanova drew with us and shared her self-published sketch journals of her travels in Southeast Asia.

Five dollars gets you a pass to board the various historic vessels, which I think is a bargain. The 1890 steam paddlewheel ferryboat Eureka was closed for gangway repair, though, which is too bad because I was looking forward to sketching its "walking beam" steam engine and the antique car collection on its cargo deck. So instead I stood with Tammy at the pier rail, clutching my book against the wind, and drew the 1907 steam tug Hercules, which I first began in pencil and got a good deal underway before deciding that the composition was not working for me, erasing it down, sketching out a thumbnail, and starting again. Good times in the sun. Next: Chinatown.

2 comments :

Dailysketches said...

Having spent 20 years living in SF, I am really enjoying the posts from your classes. Your drawings are incredible and your students are lucky to have you as a teacher.
I look forward to Chinatown!

Maike Bohlen said...

So dramatic! And the black underneath suits the theme so well. Impressing!