Most posts here at Urban sketchers show the nice parts of our Urban world: parks, buildings, cafés, museums, markets, people in metros or other urban settings, old villages, vintage shops and so on.
But there is always another side, the lesser known parts of our world.
Backalleys, distribution centra, traffic jams, canals, railwaycrossings, harbours, abandoned and half demolished buildings, parking lots, container terminals, just to mention a few. And Industry.
For my work I have to visit a lot of industrial sites like chemical plants, heavy industry zones, glass factories and pharmaceutical laboratories.
This is an abandoned steel plant in Ougrèe, near Liège, Belgium. I made this drawing together with a group of Urban Sketchers in Belgium in September, on invitation of Gerard Michel and the "Emulation" (I cannot tell how much I enjoyed the opportunity and companionship I met during these days). Another version of this site was shown a few days ago by Inma Serrano http://www.urbansketchers.org/2014/12/gerards-gift-in-liege.html. Check that beautiful drawing: I am even in it drawing this sketch!
This is a quick sketch of the still working Arcelor Mittal steel factory, on the canal between Terneuzen and Gent, just across the Dutch border in Belgium. It was a grey and moist autumn day, and the billowing clouds rose beautifully. I made this sketch with non-waterproof fountain pen and water from a water brush.
This view is of a petrochemical installation on the DSM terrain in Geleen, the Netherlands. They were cleaning the installations, and for inspection and safety reasons they burn the fumes during the process.
I glued thin calque paper (semi-transparant paper architects use to make their designs, I think it's called tracing paper in english) in my A4 moleskine with acrylic binder. The calque wrinkles in one direction, the watercolour will run in unexpected ways. Nice to experiment with.