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Santa Rosa - CA - USA [RESULTS]

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:04 am
by gustavo
This Saturday turned out to be a great day, a little more warmer than what the weather site reported. It was a solo Sketchcrawl (unfortunately my wife couldn't join me today), nonetheless I had fun.

After a latte and a chocolate muffin, a thumbnail sketch of Charlie and Snoopy was created, as well as a portion of the Depot. (6B pencil).


Next was the depot itself... ah I had had my eyes on this building for quite some time.. quite the challenge, I must admit I spend longer than I initially anticipated because I just had to do it, last SC I gave up on it :)
(combo 4H and 6B pencils)


After that I sketched the railroad tracks, exactly where I was standing when I was sketching the depot, I liked the contrast of the rails, two joined together the other continuos. Two people on the distance walking their dog, and a pine cones / tree branch from around the block. (4H and 6B pencils)


Last quick sketch in watercolor, opposite to the pine tree. A portion of the Western Hotel (built in 1903), quick outline with a B pencil and a trial of colors and shapes, I must go back :) (Niji watercolor pen, PITT artist pen B)


There was actually quite a lot of interesting things to sketch. A lot of people walking around, groups of people sitting on the railroad tracks talking, etc.

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:27 am
by Pica
Stations are wonderful, good choice. Davis was too cold to be outside in the morning but then it warmed up...

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:54 am
by donnam
Your first sketch is my favorite! Bummer you had to do it alone, but then there are no distractions Hah.

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:27 am
by redhen
Hi Gus,

How great to see the familiar sites of Santa Rosa! Maybe we'll catch up with you next time here in Sonoma County -- today we went down to the city.

I really like the way you rendered the wall of the Hotel La Rose!


Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:39 am
by Thorsten
Hey Seeker - aka Gustavo, nice to have some real world train-sketches, as I watched a film with a lot of station-scens in it and didn't draw any during my crawl!

Thanks again officially for your job on keeping these forum-pages free from spam and anything else non-related!!! Folks: This is the man behind, if you always wanted to know ;-)

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:21 pm
by Joan T
Seeker - You did a great job on these. Good perspective on the station...glad you didn't give up on it this time. The last sketch is my favorite. I love the color in it. Looks like a fun day.

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:49 pm
by gustavo

Pica: That station is now the visitors bureau center, the funny thing is buildings look so simple (my issue - proportions.. need to practice more).

donnam: Re: sketching alone? my wife is an artist too, heh she is actually 'the artist' ;) - I do miss the interaction with others and/or the opportunity to see how they handle X issue.

Redhen: there was plenty to draw there, must go back..

PeterPen: I don't think I have ever seen that film, saw a pretty sad movie the other day (Bambini ci guardano), that also had a train station - didnt ocurr to me to sketch while watching it.

Joan T: Thank you, watercolor i'm totally new to it, the challenge for me is mixing the colors and the tone, yes i have created some muddy art hehe.

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:37 pm
by Gerald
Seeker, great job on the solo crawl. Proud of ya.
I like the bricks and textures on that first sketch!