I was in New York the week before last for a conference. It was a short and busy trip, but on my way to lunch, I walked by my favorite building in the city, the GE Building in Rockefeller Center. I didn’t take any photos of the GE Building this time, but I used my Blackberry to snap a few pictures of some nearby sites.
I used a photo of St. Patrick’s Cathedral as a guide for the sketch below. I am intimidated by fine detail, so I decided to draw this one quickly, focusing on the basic shapes and values (light and dark areas) of the Cathedral. I added a touch of color for the sky and for where the trees entered my frame. I sketched this one on the plane ride home.
I also took a photo of the statue of Atlas, facing Fifth Avenue. When I got home, I saw that my photo did not turn out well. Instead, I used an image from Google Images as the basis for the sketch below, so I can’t take credit for the composition. I have continued playing with the markers that I used in the Joplin sketches in my previous post, and I like how this one turned out.
Rule #1 of the Urban Sketchers manifesto is, “We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.” With a young family and a full-time job, I don’t have much time to draw on location, so I don’t follow the USK manifesto. I just enjoy sketching and drawing. But I appreciate the other rules, particularly, “Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel,” and, “We show the world, one drawing at a time.” You can see the rest of the manifesto and a description of Urban Sketchers here. It’s a great blog – check it out.