Saturday, 28 July 2012
New Orleans has more character as a city than anywhere else I've visited. I had enough time to walk to get the touring out of the way and be comfortable to just hang out. I drew several street scenes, but gravitated to some of the people who animate this unique place.
Cigar smoking cops, Freddy the Realistic Mystic and the cook at FredRick's Deli.
Friday, 27 July 2012
I walked over to the French Market for shelter and spent a couple of hours sketching under cover.
This was perfect opportunity to try something from one of the Urbansketcher Symposium workshops - a combinations of illustrating patterns and capturing people.
"They got funny chickens.
They got got funny dogs.
They got funny everything."
I was sketching in the French Quarter of New Orleans and was sitting close to Eddie and Bo while I sketched the Spotted Cat nightclub and heard several pearls of wisdom, including, " Gentlemans ain't so nice when it comes to money".
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
The Ocracoke lighthouse is white, without the distinctive black graphics that distinguish the other lighthouses along the Outer Banks.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Sunday, 22 July 2012
We had a steady wind and 4 -6 foot seas on our jaunt out to Cape Lookout from Beaufort. We shared the bay with a Coat Guard cutter, but even with their presence were nervous to swim as we had heard of shark attacks here a year ago.
Friday, 20 July 2012
One of the benefits of sketching is that if you ask, you can often get in past where the public are allowed and engage staff in conversation about what they are doing. It was about 90 degrees F that afternoon, but the offshore breeze was moving through in the shade of the workshop made it quite comfortable.
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Normally sketching is a solitary activity, but in a sketchcrawl there is a sense, not only of camaraderie, but also an infectious enthusiasm, from viewing the range of subjects and styles.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
This workshop was about telling stories by drawing people in the open market. It was a hot, noisy and incredibly busy place and a real challenge to try to draw people as they went about their activities.. The illustrators among Urban Sketchers talk about 'the narrative' and 'telling stories'. The emphasis is on body language, patterns and the experience of the place as opposed to accuracy.
Its been both stimulating and frustrating. Stimulating in that there is such a rich mix of approaches and perspectives. Frustrating, in that it's tough to push out of my 'comfort zone' and do things differently.
I knew that I would not likely have much that I wanted to show from the workshops as they are usually a series of exercises , so much as techniques to bring away and integrate into my sketches.