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Urban Sketching again!

Posted by Elissa Baltzer on June 4, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

So the sun is out, the weather is (generally) nice here in Montreal and I am Urban sketching again! It feels good to be  back out observing the city in new ways and documenting moments of my experience here as I go, one sketch at a time! This sketching extravaganza began on the 1st of May with a couple of my friends while we set out on what was one of the nicest days of the season to date to capture some of the beaty of Carré St Louis close to sherbrooke Metro. I decided to work on Mylar with gel pens, micron pens, watercolour and illustration marker that day after having seen some fun work on Mylar in one of the CEGEPs I work at. This is currently a work in progress as I plan to continue with a bit more definition on the fountain and then go on the backside of the semi translucent Mylar and sketch some trees in to play around with perpective and distance. We'll see how it turns out.

The second recent outing was a beautiful windy Sunday on Mount Royal with the Urban Sketchers. I got to be a Mountain drawing "docent" for one of the sites we were animating as a group. In the morning a bunch of us went to the stables and sketched the police horses that live there (I also found some other wild life to draw). Here is the page from the morning sketching. In the afternoon i gave some mini drawing lessons to a couple of first time urban sketching members of our group while we sketched in the cemetary. It was my first time there and I fully plan to go back so I can properly have another go at sketching the beautiful history sprawled out over the hillside there.


Lastly but not least I also had a go at the front garden while the Magnolias were still in bloom here is the result of that (it should be noted that a pedestrian who stopped to chat actually unrealisingly pulled one of the blooms I was drawing off of the tree while we talked-urban sketching is often a bit of an ephemeral adventure). This piece was fun to do as it gave me a chance ot really observe the garden in a way i previously had not. In turn while showing the sketches to my sister, who is a biologist, she explained things to me like why the ants were munching on the peony blooms and what kind of beetles were mating on the lily plant and that they evetually would eat most of the leaves off of that plant as the season wore on. 


Later in the Summer France awaits and I am really excited to sketching there. Who knows what may be inspiring! Happy Spring and happy sketching all!