I was recently in Paris for two weeks and made a lot of time to draw.
Some of my favorites:
Along the Canal St Martin
Out the window of a bistro in Montmartre
The historic yet unassuming Lapin Agile in Montmartre
Steps near Sacre Coeur. There are tons of steps to get up and down from Montmartre.
Sketches and painting of a window. The architecture is lovely and picturesque but surprisingly complicated to draw. Mostly I needed preparation to deal with the perspective due to looking from the ground, and a variety of grey-yellows to model the details with any depth.
Aperol spritz! With record high temperatures, these were a big feature during the trip.
Tiny sketch from a picnic when I learned to combine Schweppes Agrum’ soda (mixed citrus) with red wine for a sort of super-simple sangria
Canal boat navigating the locks on Canal St Martin
Window in the Latin Quarter
Doughnut peaches for breakfast
Rooftops drawn while taking a break from the heat
The cluttered interior of a lovely cafe where I had a little longer to draw
I recently attended Eyeo Festival
for the second time, in early June. This time, instead of my separate sketch and written journals, I took notes all in my multimedia sketchbook. This meant that for almost every talk I attended, I ended up with at least one page full of important quotes and memorable visuals. Some highlights:
Alexis Lloyd on the history of robots and androids in our culture and our relationship to them. The video of her talk is up here
on her amazing IoT-type art projects she called “post-scary media arts”. She’s an inspiration. View the talk here
presented so much fascinating info about style transfer and machine learning that I literally wrote off the page. He’s the only presenter I had to use more than one page for. Somehow I still managed to get some visual representations of his slides in too! They help me remember the presentation since I’m mostly visual. And since the video isn’t up on the eyeo channel
I’m not sure if you can tell yet, but Eyeo was -extremely- inspirational. I’m in love with all the projects here, and I’m so glad I have my notes to remind me what I want to strive for. I’ve already had a hand in some style transfer experiments using my maps—keep an eye out for a post on that soon!
This year I’m participating in the Sketchbook Project
, a program of the Brooklyn Art Library which houses all the sketchbooks of past participants; my sketchbook will also be digitized for view online.
I’ve been working on a number of new projects so far this year that aren’t conducive to sketchbooks, but I thought that would be a good reason to use the sketchbook as a kind of journal of how my markmaking changes over the course of doing those projects. I’ve already noticed that after starting to work with Processing, I’ve been drawing much more regular and geometric shapes. I don’t seem to have a shortage of new marks to add, luckily!
Below are my own photographs of some of my favorite spreads.
Photos from Flickr (click to see more!):
I’ve also posted some sketches to my Instagram:
And today I’m off to ICELAND, my last trip of August—hope to have some more photos to share once I get back!
Lately I’ve been trying to examine what’s successful in my spindly, narrative maps and apply it to an approach that has more color and rhythm. I’ve done a lot of tiny sketches in my watercolor sketchbook; the hard part will be translating them to a larger scale.
In chronological order:
I just got back from a short trip to Cozumel, Mexico (to Boston, approximately 60 degrees colder!). I’d never been to Mexico, and while Cozumel is more a tourist island than a cultural destination, it was still fascinating. We went horseback riding and snorkeling, and saw a lot of sunsets. Below are a few of my photos; see more on Flickr.
I also did a lot of sketching while I was there. I started out using mostly pencil like before, but eventually found a more optimal process with a thin pen, light grey marker and white China marker. It gives the tonal range that I would get from using a soft pencil and eraser, but it’s even faster, and (most importantly) it doesn’t smudge!
Smudgy pencil on the upper left vs pen/marker technique. I can’t wait to try this with more things! Trying other ways to use pen. Palm trees are hard because they have an overall texture; there’s no real tonal difference to latch onto. Pen, light grey marker and white China marker on pink index card. I like starting with mid-toned paper so I can go both lighter and darker in tone. Sometimes it’s really the highlights that define the form (which is why I loved drawing with eraser so much)Friends playing a card game. Basically, it’s just fun to draw. I also like the line quality that I get when I keep the pen moving as much as possible. It’s still hard drawing people who are constantly moving, but at least I feel like I’ve gotten something interesting out of it.