French Riviera (RESULTS)

Saturday March 29th 2008
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French Riviera (RESULTS)

Postby MattJonez » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:05 pm

Technically this should be the Italian Riviera! We hopped across the border to find this medieval village that I discovered in a book of old photos by Jean Giletta. Cerriana lies in the mountains above San Remo, about an hours drive from Nice.
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We arrived a little late after missing the exit on the autostrada! -so we didn't get as much done as we'd like. Here are my sketches from the day.

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We found a comfortable spot overlooking the town. I warmed up with a sketch of F.X. drawing the old Roman church.
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The town was full of these little 3-wheeled Piaggio vans. Regular cars can't fit in the narrow streets so these were used to transport goods.
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The architecture of the town is stunning with the ancient buildings somehow fused with the rock. There's an entire absence of town planning where houses have been built on top of each other at every angle!
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We had decent weather & another grand day out. The locals were interested in what we were doing. I made friends with two old ladies who were the guardians of the old church. They gave me a tour & laughed at my poor Italian! I showed them the old Giletta photograph & they led me to the spot where it was taken. The town hasn't changed much in 123 years!
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The others will be posting their drawings tout suite!

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Postby mhimeswc » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:14 pm

Terrific sketches, Matt. It looks like a wonderful place to sketch.

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le carnet de seb

Postby sebtikh » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:29 pm

Un peu d'errance dans les ruelles de Eze, tremper les pieds dans l'ombre bleue...
Vue plongeante sur les tuiles depuis le bevédère.

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Par la fenêtre du restaurant: le nid d'aigle.

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Et puis le chemin des mulets entre Gouyon et Bezaudun les alpes. L'aquarelle aime à sécher au soleil.

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Postby Carlos » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:32 pm

Hi everyone, I have been looking around and it's been a pleasure to see everyone's work! Anyway, we had a great day out sketching, Ceriana is a beautiful town forgotten by time!

I really liked those Piaggio three-wheelers, here's one in front of the chaotic old town:

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Here's a couple of old italian guys who were hanging out at the restaurant/tavern where we had lunch:

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Here's FX sketching the old town, this was a great spot!

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Here's a watercolor sketch of the Piaggio overlooking the surrounding hills. I messed up the values for this one a little bit so I did a small correction in PS:

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OK I'm throwing in two sketches I did in Eze, I went there with Sebastian the other day, I think he is posting his as well:

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Well, That's it for this edition of sketchcrawl, it was great fun, we have to start thinking about where to go next time! Great sketching everyone!!

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Postby ChristinaA » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:05 pm

What a beautiful place to sketch in! It's like a trip to another age.
Your sketches are just stunning!

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Postby killmax » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:18 pm

@Matt: great job! I love your line! what kind of brush use for this sketch? pentel?

@sebtikh: wonderful point of view!
@carlos: beautiful attitudes!

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first sketch crawl.....awesome place!

Postby el mahico » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:28 pm

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Postby jiwaki » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:30 pm

You made wonderful drawings and watercolours. Now I want to visit those towns!
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Postby flaviano » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:33 pm

all this work is AWESOME! you all really made my day! :shock:

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Postby MikeBacchin » Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:14 pm

F****** awsome!! Stunning as hell!

they are really striking, thanks for sharing

P.S: They all remind me the mood of Professor Layton game :P

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Postby pete » Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:39 pm

mon dieu, this is incredibly nice stuff! I want to draw those hillside towns now. Le sud me manque. i can't pick favourites, these are all an inspiration. sebtikh's style i really want to try though!

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Postby enrico » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:10 pm

wow wow wow !! you guys all rocked !!!
beautiful watercolors ... very inspiring !!!

Enrico

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Postby Joan T » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:27 pm

I'm jealous of the lovely town you sketched in!!!

Matt - Lovely pen lines on your sketches!!! Great job on the architectural details without a lot of fuss.

Sebtikh - Beautiful!!!

Carlos - They had those 3 wheelers in Capri when I was there. Great sketches of the town and the interesting faces of the Italian men.

El Mahico - Wonderful sketches of the town. Wow!

Fantastic collection of work from all of you! I'm coming there for the next sketchcrawl!!

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Postby 4ojos » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:30 pm

good sketches and fantastic place! Congratulations

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Postby Willborough » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:34 pm

wow what a inspiring location! great sketches too. Beatiful watercolors and lots of great architecture-sketches.

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