Retro Sketch

These are from a sketchbook back in 1999. In order to enable a bit of creative risk taking, I splattered colored ink all over the inside cover, setting an anti-perfectionist tone to the sketchbook. Everything on the first page of the sketchbook (the second page shown below), was done with a fountain pen loaded with sepia ink. I was working at art supply stores at the time, and I specialized in fountain pens, so naturally, they became my drawing tools. The sepia ink was inspired by original sketches done by Salvador Dali rendered in the very same ink, which I had seen at a gallery down in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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Lunch Lines

Some intersections in Washington, DC are rather busy, and as such, serve well for quick lunchtime sketching. The right intersection will offer a plethora of traffic signals, street signs, architecture, and other random detail for days upon days of sketching. This one particular intersection in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood has been a wellspring of subject matter for me, and this particular sketch served as a color study of the many traffic lights at the corners.

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Lunch Lines

Urban sketching is simple; walk around, spot something interesting, draw it. While taking a lunchtime stroll one day, I spotted this scene at the entrance to a parking garage. The sign was interesting and the surrounding objects were simple and colorful. A few pen lines covered the details and a quick swipes of my markers caught the colors. The whole sketch took inside ten minutes, and I was done before the cold air stiffened my poor fingers to numb inaction.

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Metro Sketch

When sketching people on the train, I don’t always get to fully capture the person from head to toe, and sometimes, that’s just fine; the cast of characters on the train is so diverse and unique that even just a few head drawings leave me with enough details and interesting features to make pushing the pen for a few minutes worth the effort.

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