The America’s Cup is going on all summer in San Francisco and this was sketched in a newly opened park along the Embarcadero right next to the base of the Italian camp (hence the Italian flag and Luna Rossa tents).
Last weekend close to 100 of us urban sketchers gathered for the first annual west coast urban sketch crawl. (Read more about Urban Sketching in my interview with Gabriel Campanario, founder of sorts, of the movement.) It was my first sketch crawl, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Here are snippets from the day:
I love sketching on location in Europe. Little details abound everywhere you turn. This year has been a whirlwind of inspiration and impressions. Although I haven’t had much time to paint since I’ve been on the road continuously (for just about a year now), I’ve been sketching and doing lots of creative writing along the way. Best of all, I was recently granted another opportunity to travel back to Europe (3rd time in one year)! Here’s a sketch from Vienna, Austria.
Specs: Pen & Ink, 50 minutes.
Location: Denver, Colorado.
This cool little glove shop was tucked into the corner of an old stone building on Via de’ Lamberti in the heart of Florence, facing Orsanmichele church. Loved the look of these leather gloves displayed on wooden faux hands!
I had heard great things about Lucca, a Tuscan fortress city surrounded by medieval walls near Pisa, Italy. The city was as charming as I was expecting to be, and had a great small town flavor.
One small detail I noticed right away were the windows. In Florence they are all rectangular for the most part. But here in Lucca, they were all rounded at the tops. I love Italian windows, almost always comprised of green shutters on yellow unwashed walls. (This one was no exception.)
This gorgeous pen and ink sketch is by Tyson Wintibaugh, sketcher extraordinaire.
Subject: The Duomo
City: Florence, Italy
Specs: Pen and Ink in Moleskine pocket sketchbook.
So, Munky King makes a DIY ‘Omi’ that is a cross between art and toys. Inspired by Chinese opera and Japanese Oni masks, they come packaged as blinds in different blank white shapes.
I decided to turn mine into a sculptural version of one of my abstract paintings. Primary inspirations? The sea & the human circulatory system.
I have to say it was kinda cool working in 3-D since I do that so rarely (pretty much never, really).
Gayle Wheatley, digital
Just finished a new illustration for Pepperdine University’s production of Songfest—a musical extravaganza. This year’s theme is History in the Making, so I drew a Mayan-inspired temple with hand-drawn type that is being hoisted up in place—literally depicting history in the making! The illustration was sketched in pencil, inked over, then colored digitally in Photoshop with overlay layers of paper textures to create an old world vibe.