More Sketching

Another exercise assignment from Sketchbook Skool: without looking at the page, put pen to paper and sketch a portrait. I used a photograph of myself with David for this blind contour exercise and sketched us individually. The results were pretty funny.

03-08-16 Blind Contour DrawingIf you’ve ever seen Harry Nielsen’s The Point, David might remind you of the evil Count. Onward. . .

I have been wanting to get a closer look at Portland’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. The bridge is devoted to commuter traffic only: streetcar, train, bus, pedestrians and cyclists welcome. On the way to my destination I was passing the Blick store so I took the opportunity to stop by and pick up a couple supplies Lapin, my current instructor, has in his portable sketching kit: Sakura Gelly Roll #08 in white, yellow ochre water color paint and a Copic multi-point marker, #3 cool gray.

03-10-16 new supplies


Lapin uses the white Gelly Roll pen to add highlights when he’s completely done with a sketch/watercolor page. His results are impressive.

I took the streetcar and snagged the only inside table left at Flying Elephant Deli. The weather was overcast and grey with intermittent showers. Here was my view from inside:

03-10-16 Tilikum Crossing

Not ideal, but with a bit of leaning this way and that, I managed to get a reasonable sketch.

03-10-16 Tilikum Crossing 2

I used the new Copic marker on the bridge and pole. A side benefit to this excursion was the yummy tea I had — so good that I brought a box of it home. I’ll be enjoying this tea again soon, remembering the fun I had discovering it.

03-10-16 Sanctuary Tea

Don’t you love the box? A real keeper. The company has been here in Portland since 1949 — in fact, just a few blocks from where I live. And that darling little flying elephant, in addition to being the logo for the deli, is a temporary tattoo — indeed, we’re not in Kansas City anymore. The children who come in love it; I was charmed and couldn’t resist bringing it home.

It’s fun being a tourist in my new home town. When was the last time you were a tourist in yours?