I’m so excited that it’s finally spring in Quebec City. I got interested in sketching last fall, just before it started getting cold here, and so I’ve been trying to get out sketching as often as I can. I may be premature in that because Quebec spring is still pretty cool, and often windy.
A few days ago when I’d made the decision to go sketching. The temps were just above freezing and it was quite breezy. But I went anyway. I headed downtown, looking for something to sketch, my face and ears screaming “Are you nuts?” to my stubborn sketcher brain, as the wind defoliated my skin.
I set up next to a wall that blocked most of the wind. It was across the street from a dental clinic that seemed worthy of sketching.
I start these sketches with pencil and I have two goals. I want to get the perspective right and I want to locate all the foreground thingies that determine where the background lines start and stop. I don’t worry about drawing the details at this point, but I’m slow enough as a newbie sketcher that this takes me longer than it does for most sketchers. I’d been sitting for about 45 minutes and I was beginning to empathize with popsicles and dream of fireplaces. I called it a day, packed up, and went home. This was the state of the sketch at that point.
Later, in the warmth of my home, I inked (Hero Calligraphy pen w/Platinum Carbon Black ink) the sketch, added some details, and used Winsor & Newton Artist watercolors to give it some color. Hope you like it.
By the way, the more I use it, the more I’m enjoying my Stillman & Birn 10×7 Alpha. I’ve been using Alpha’s for a while now and love them and spiral format is really convenient for outdoor sketching…even when it’s cold.
I went out this morning to sketch some more. I headed to the marina, expecting that some of the winterized sailboats would be back in the water. It was spring, afterall. Turned out that, once again, I had been overly-optimistic as the marina is still covered by ice. Spring is here, but not really.