Just a few days before I left for Italy, I went to Portland, OR to be with my daughter while she had surgery (totally successful and not major) and for the immediate recovery period. The day before, she and I went out to sketch together... she's a wonderful artist.
I had not had time to even look at these Portland sketches when I got back. But I have now added some color and scanned them, so here they are, in Cretacolor oil pencil, two kinds of brush pens, and Ecco pigment pen, with watercolor washes.
Tiny glimpses of Portland, Oregon, voilà!
Cecelia and I went to Oui Café to sketch and here are my two results. I always (after all these years still) surprise myself with how differently I respond, stylistically, depending on the drawing tool I am using. These two show that difference clearly.
En route to Portland, I took a moment to sketch two men opposite me in the American Airlines lounge. People in this situation are almost always oblivious to their surroundings, so the sketching is easy, if not astoundingly dramatic. My pencil drawings, (as here, using a Big Fat Black Pencil from Jerry's Artarama) tend to be more muscular than my pen ones. Multiple Personality Syndrome or just highly adaptive? Feel free to weigh in ;D.:
Jamison Square is near the hotel I stayed in. Cecelia and I first had affogatos at a nearby café and then we sat outside and drew.I was smitten with the bear and seal sculpture.Next up, more sketches from Italy. I am thoroughly enjoying this brief, quiet interlude between work and travel. Stay tuned, my buddies!