A couple of months ago, I came across Urban Sketchers, a blog featuring sketches and stories from artists all over the world. I was blown away by the correspondents’ styles and expressiveness. Although any medium is acceptable, most artists use just a pen, paper and watercolors or markers. Urban Sketchers inspired me to sketch, and below are a few sketches I completed during and after my trip to Joplin.
The first sketch is of First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. Before starting our construction projects on Monday, F.P.C. invited us to their Sunday service. They also kindly fed us a midweek dinner. F.P.C. has supported and housed groups from over 25 states who traveled to help rebuild Joplin. This beautiful brick building suffered little damage, as it was outside the path of the tornado.
The building in the sketch above was not so lucky. This sketch is of the side of the building in the first photo of my last blog post. It appeared to be a building with doctors’ offices. The wall just to the right of the window pictured in the sketch was destroyed and we could see a dentist’s chair still rooted to the floor.
This sketch is my rendition of the second photo in my last blog post. The tornado’s winds reached up to 225 miles per hour as it passed through this residential neighborhood. Not much was left but some foundations, broken sidewalks, and grass. This magnolia tree was one of the only trees standing for many blocks. In the background is where Joplin High School formerly stood – it is now a pile of cement and steel. A new building, which is either a church or community center, had just been built across the street from the school’s grounds.
P.S. I have been spending more time drawing than writing in the last month – hence, the month gap between my last two posts. I will continue to write, but now I am going to add sketches to this blog. The Hipping Post has evolved again into an experiment in writing and sketching. I hope you enjoy.