13 August 2014 § 2 Comments
For a change I have a few very, very recent sketches. The first set is from Christ Church, located on the Upper East side. I was hoping to add a second perspective to that page below, so hopefully I will get a chance to return and give you an update on it! The final image is a set of thumbnails from the highline. I started walking south on the highline from the 30th street entry and drew a thumbnail (no more than 5-7 minutes) at every block interval. We are almost up to 100 images on this blog, which is fantastic. The process of scanning, prepping, and uploading is quite time consuming. I have at least 30 sketchbooks of content and no time to scan, and not a very good scanner at that (if you haven’t noticed that I’ve made a lot of my sketches b/w and only can really upload the ink ones atm). Hopefully I’ll get a chance to upgrade soon!
10 August 2014 § Leave a comment
So this set of sketches is a bit of a amalgam in respects to subject. They basically didn’t fit in any of my recent posts and I wanted to just upload them to make sure I got them in on the count. There are two from where I live in Brooklyn. The first is of a brownstone that is across the street from me. I had gotten locked out of my apartment so, with time to kill before my partner came home, I put down some lines. The other brownstone-y image is from my backyard, looking across the way. This was just before we put up our new fence! The last three are as follows: Conservatory Waters (which you may recall I had sketched earlier as well), a thumbnail from my visit to Ocean Gate, and a 10 minute thumbnail of a famous painting.
3 August 2014 § Leave a comment
Occasionally I have to attend meetings that last easily over an hour, so sometimes I find that noodling around a bit actually improves my ability to focus over long periods of time and listen to others. I’m sure there is some research out there that supports this. Here are a few sketches I made over a week or so during internal meetings at The Arsenal. I actually really liked how these came out–they have a comic-y feel.
31 July 2014 § Leave a comment
I haven’t forgotten about this blog–I’ve just been busy studying for my ARE’s (Architecture Registration Exams, for those of you non-arch-inclined)! There are seven exams in total and I actually passed my first exam, BDCS! Presently I am in the process of preparing for Structures (testing in September!) and with any luck, I should be posting up a few of my sketch book pages of studies too at one point.
In the meantime, here is a small collection of sketches I’ve completed while on the subway over the last month. I must say that drawing on the subway is a bit difficult. First of all, you really need to have a seat, which can be difficult during peak hours. Second, it can be quite a bumpy ride, which requires a steady hand and the embracement of the sketchiness! Third, and finally, everyone is constantly moving and shifting, and you never know when your subject is going to just disappear completely. This part though can be quite fun, and actually makes the whole process a lot less stressful. Because you only have a few seconds to capture your subject, you learn to make quick decisions on what lines are important to get down. You dont have to worry about the details, but the essence.
And for that reason, I really enjoy subway sketching. I hope you enjoy these!
28 April 2014 § Leave a comment
Another set of drawings here from my trip out to London. Below is the Windmill I visited–whcih was quite an adventure to get to. It was located at the very end of a train line, and then about a mile walk from the station. It was worth it though–a very beautiful suburb, very quiet too, and it was beautiful weather. It’s nice sometimes to be far away from home, in a place where you no noone and you have only yourself to rely on.
The other drawings are of Westminster Cathedral (different from Westminster Abbey) and of a housing project–I will try to find the name because it was a very progressive idea & well done.
Whenever I think back of where I visited, I must say that I probably would not go out of my way to visit any of these places again. Where I would again visit St Peters or Westminster Abbey or the Cliffs of Mohar, these sorts of places below could really only have been visited with ample amounts of time on hand. It makes me sad to think I may not have a chance again in my life to spend months and months in London, free to roam & explore.
I guess I will have to try to do my best to see all of NYC!
24 March 2014 § Leave a comment
Two cathedrals in London; five drawings. I had a really splendid time in London and often dream of going back. The whole city is just one giant, architectural playground! Unfortunately I can’t give a real update on all the things happening in my life, but enjoy these sketches!
27 February 2014 § Leave a comment
Hello all! It has been almost a week since I have updated, and not for very good reason. The combination of work, travel, and my birthday has prevented me from sitting down and uploading.. and studying for that matter. I’ve seriously been slacking. But now that it is almost March, and my first ARE exam is but a few weeks away, I need to rev back up full force into studying.
Which leaves me conflicted and also desperate for time. With the addition of a few other ideas/projects, I need to really be very efficient with my time usage. I will wake up at 630 AM from now on and spend the first hour doing my speed painting challenge. My lunch breaks from now on will be used to study for my exam. My evenings will be for writing & company work… and cooking! All the delicious cooking I can! Somewhere in there I promise to also include my drawing. I also will post up my paints & digital art as I work through those as well.
Below are several sketches from my 2010 visit to London! I took a whole day to go visit St. Pauls Cathedral–a wonderful piece of architecture–and spent several hours touring the surrounding area & the cathedral itself. It is beautiful! These were completed with ink & graphite, with a touch of watercolor.