I’m not a big holiday celebration kind of guy but when I was out walking I saw this small cluster of pumpkins, put on a doorstep in honor of Halloween. So, here’s my attempt at being in the Halloween spirit.
This sketch was fun to do in a Stillman & Birn Zeta (6×9) with a Pilot Prera and Platinum Carbon Black.
This is the time of year that sketchers post beautiful sketches of pumpkins. I love them all. I figure this to be my first Halloween as a sketcher. Last October I’d just started try to move pointy objects across paper and I wasn’t up to the task of sketching pumpkins. So, a year later, here’s my first set, done with a black ballpoint pen that blobbed on me more than a few times, adding “character” to my sketch.
Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook (6×8), Pentel RSVP ballpoint, W&N watercolors
But I’m an urban sketcher. I sketch buildings, lamposts and fire hydrants. I guess a group of pumpkins sitting on my kitchen table is ‘urban’ but you have to mentally squint to see it. So I thought I should do something else and I found the ideal subject as I walked the main street that runs through our port area. What could be better than an orange building with some black Halloween decorations on it.
Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook (10×7), Pilot Prera w/Noodler’s Lexington Gray, W&N watercolors
When I sat across the street to sketch it, though, I had an immediate problem. There is considerable vehicle traffic on this street and when sitting low on my tripod stool, it was hard to see the lower front of the building. I’m not good enough to sketch moving vehicles so I sat, looked and pondered. Then I sat, looked and pondered some more. What to do.
I got out a 3H pencil and started laying out where the building and stairwell would sit on the paper and marked out the door location. Then I picked up my stool and walked down the street and found a place where I could sit the ‘right’ distance from a car. I sketched it as though it was moving in front of my, as yet to be drawn, building. Then I moved back to the building and sketched it. I’m not sure I got car and building sized properly relative to one another but it’s close enough for me. Hope you like it. Happy Halloween.
Cheers — Larry