I got to spend a week in Ottawa, mostly visiting my daughter but I also wandering around and sketching. I’m in the process of scanning the sketches and thought I’d start a short series of posts with a few of the many tiny sketches I did while there. The tan ones were done in one of my mustache books while the red ones were done in a Field Notes Sweet Tooth notebook.
I’m going to include only two of the people sketches I did, mostly because I’m lazy and didn’t want to scan any more. The first is my favorite of all of them; a woman wearing a hijab. This scarf was gorgeous, with silver threads running through it that made it glisten. I got caught up in the curves and folds of the fabric to the point that my coffee went cold.
This one was a bit unique in that I was waiting for me daughter at school and saw this unusually talk Asian woman. Not an important sketch by any measure but I enjoy capturing the variability of the human form.
If you follow this blog you know that I’ve been having fun sketching with the Field Notes Sweet Tooth edition, particularly the red notebook of the set. I’m going to have to buy a couple more packs as I’m using up my red ones. It’s really fun having the red as a mid-tone with black and white inks on either side. Here are a couple lamp posts, one of my favorite sketching subjects.
My daughter and I bought sandwiches and walked down to the Ottawa River where 7-stage canal locks lower boats from the Rideau Canal to the river. It’s a beautiful place and we fed chipmunks and watched a young rabbit chow down on the foliage a few feet from us. I mentioned to her that I wished that I had a loose and quick style that would allow me to capture things like the Art Museum that was visible up the hill from where we sat. To demonstrate that I don’t have one, I did this sketch of it in just a few minutes between sandwich bites.
On another day I started walking from Parliament towards a pair of statues that honor firefighters, but I ended up doing sketches along the way and didn’t get to the firefighters until late in the afternoon. By then I’d been pretty well beaten down by the particularly hot day so I decided to do a small ‘red’ sketch. I’m really glad things worked out the way they did as I really liked the result. Hope you do too.