22 April, 2018. It’s a two-post day today. Earlier I shared some of the gouache studies I’ve made for my 100 day project. Now, it’s time to share a few urban sketches.
I’m told this Art Deco structure (above) won’t be around much longer and I was encouraged to document it while it was still possible to do so. I decided to start with this quick contemporaneous sketch of the location. There’s another, perhaps slightly more interesting facade on the east facing elevation. I’ve begun to pencil that in with greater detail and precision. I’ll need to revisit the location again to block in color.
It’s a very interesting neighborhood and it makes me wonder what this place looked like in its heyday.
Finished scouting for the day, I was driving back north. I’d only gone a few blocks when I encountered this interesting cluster of buildings. The looming silhouettes intrigued me most of all. Pulling over for a few minutes, I grabbed a pen and I decided that maybe I wasn’t finished scouting after all.
As it turned out, the silhouette of downtown Kansas City also caught my eye and I had to find a stopping point to block it in. The color was added at home as my perch was a bit precarious… that may explain my hurried caption which should more correctly state that this is a view of the city facing west.
A few days later, and a few hundred miles south, I found myself wandering around some of the towns in Northwestern Arkansas. I don’t know if this was the first Saturday morning market of the season or if it’s always such a thriving spot each week, but the Bentonville Square was bustling with activity. On two of the corners, young boys were playing fiddles, busking. Bread, chocolate, vegetables, arts and crafts – everything was there and in abundance.
A lot of the time my sketches are composites. People move around and I draw what happens to be in front of me at the moment: It’s an organic process and I enjoy the challenge of not only sketching, but also looking for observable elements that can turn a scribble into an interesting composition. This sketch is one of those organic composites in which serendipitously the various people I drew seemed to be engaged in conversation. When I noticed this was happening I looked around for an interesting structural element to add to the scene… the Tyson’s sign fit the bill quite nicely!
This guy had a long white beard. He was quite stocky and, frankly, looked like a pretty rough character. The tiny little dog that he was walking lent a less formidable character to his persona.