Thursday, August 5, 2010

Portland - Urban Sketchers Symposium 2010 - Part III

Here is my final post of my sketches from the Portland Symposium. Again I can't stress enough how cool it was to meet so many fellow sketching nerds. As Matt Brehm said it was like sketching woodstock!

Here is one whole side of the special edition long moleskine. It was all completed on the final day of the symposium. My hand was tired.
Here is an enlarged view of the skyline sketch. I went across the river to get the magnificent panoramic of the Portland skyline.

Here is a larger view of one of the sketches of a really cool industrial facility with a view of the Steel Bridge to the right side.

Here is an enlargement of the other industrial sketch. Fremont bridge just shows up on the far left side.

Yeah it was awesome!!!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Portland - Urban Sketchers Symposium 2010 - Part II

OK, so I got back home and have finally scanned all of my sketches. I did A LOT! I filled both sides of the large format Moleskine Japanese album.

Needless to say this was an absolutely amazing event. Thanks to Gabi and all of the awesome folks at USK and PNCA who made this thing happen. I have never been around so many people who share my passion for sketching, it was truly a special time. I got to meet several folks whom have commented on my sketches on flickr and me on theirs. Such a cool thing. One of the most interesting for me was meeting Gerard Michel. I have ogled his sketches on the internet for nearly two years, and I got to finally meet him in person. We had some amazing conversations despite my speaking zero French and Gerard speaking limited english. We did a lot of pointing and gesturing, and somehow we both understood! Bottom line, when we got our sketchbooks out the language barrier all but disappeared. Many more experiences like this, I will share others in later posts. For now here are some of the sketches I did.

So here's sketch number one, right out of the box I'm out sketching with Frank Ching and Gerard! Talk about intimidating. But I think this one turned out pretty decent.

Here is sketch number two, Skidmore fountain

In the afternoon of day one I decided to do a couple of elevations of some interesting facades on condos overlooking Jamison Square.

After Jamison Square I headed down to Union Station and got this view.

The last sketches from day one I went out and did after the evening sessions were over. There were these three great churches just a couple of blocks from the hotel, I had to capture them.

Day two started with a trip over to the food cart block. Did a couple of quick ones.

An overall of one row of the food carts.

Day two concluded with this set from the afternoon session. A series of quick studies about 15 minutes each.

More to come, day three was quite fruitful.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Portland - Urban Sketchers Symposium 2010 - Part I


The first ever Urban Sketchers Symposium is finally under way in Portland. I am so glad I made the trip. Day one is in the books. It was a great day, got to meet so many people in person that I have dialogued with for so long via flickr and USK. We had two super field sketching sessions and two exciting lecture sessions. Can't wait for day two tomorrow. Here are a few pics of some of the fun.

Frank Ching offers some sketching advice. It was really cool to meet him in person, as an architect I have admired and used his books for years.

More advice from Mr. Ching

Gabi getting his sketch on

Several of the urban sketchers in action.

A photo of my first day's sketching effort. One of the gifts all of the participants received was this awesome large Moleskine. I already filled up several panels, cant wait till tomorrow and Saturday! I'll scan these when I get home, for now a photo on the hotel room floor will have to do.

More to come......

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Houston Part II

I am finally getting around to posting the last few sketches I did from our vacation in Houston a few weeks ago.

NASA Building 20 - Houston, Texas

Minute Maid Park - Home of the Houston Astros, who put a serious whipping on my Cubbies the day we were there, dangit!
- Houston, Texas

Industrial Facility- Galveston, Texas

Industrial Facility, Galveston, Texas

Monday, June 14, 2010

Houston - Part I

Last week we took a family vacation to Houston to visit my cousin and his family. It was a great time. Despite the heat and my hand sticking to the paper, I did get quite a few sketches done.

Here are a few for Houston Part I

Downtown Houston skyline

Sacred Heart Cathedral - Galveston Island

Beach house on Galveston Island

Beach house on Galveston Island

Beach houses on Galveston Island

JP Morgan Chase Tower - Downtown Houston

Toyota Center - Downtown Houston

Texaco Building - Downtown Houston

Moody Mansion - Galveston Island

Bishops Palace - Galveston Island

Patriotism Statue on Galveston Island

Industrial Facility on Galveston Island

Discovery Green Pavilion - Downtown Houston

Monday, May 24, 2010

Some sketches from Norman

Here are a few sketches from Norman.

Hiland Dairy - Norman, OK

Campus Corner - Norman, OK

Campus Corner - Norman, OK
Evans Hall - OU

Evans Hall - OU

Monday, May 17, 2010

a few oldies a few newbies......

I found a few sketches that I had missed posting earlier. Also a couple of new ones. Summer is here, I am committed to a quantum leap in sketch production. Stay tuned.........

Schwartz Ready Mix - Norman, OK
I found this one I had never posted.....
Another Schwartz Ready Mix - Norman, OK

Another Schwartz Ready Mix - Norman, OK
Atlas Asphalt - OKC
Atlas Asphalt - OKC

This is what happens when I am stuck in a long faculty meeting and have been looking at a bunch of Lebbeus Woods' work.

Hiland Dairy - Norman, OK.

Hiland Dairy - Norman, OK.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's been a while.....but I'm back!

It has been a crazy few weeks. Trying to finish my Masters work, finishing teaching responsibilities and two large projects in the office. But as they say in theater the show must go on.

Imagination sketch
Schwartz Ready Mix Norman Oklahoma

Schwartz Ready Mix Norman Oklahoma

Schwartz Ready Mix Norman Oklahoma

Schwartz Ready Mix Norman Oklahoma