Next Monthly Sketch Outing

Sunday, April 23
Seattle Art Museum and Pike Street Neighborhood
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

10:00 AM till 12:30 PM

See Monthly Outing page for details.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bauhaus Coffee

Great coffee and company. Here is a view of the tall but intimate space from where I was sitting along a wall of books. It’s always tempting but difficult to capture a holistic, wide-angle view of an interior that mirrors our experience.


  1. Frank,
    This is a great post! Your comment touches on my questions; What to include? What to exclude? When surrounded, like you were, with "subject matter," how do decide where to establish the boundaries? You are a master at how much detail to include and it always seems to be the right amount! Good to see you and the group again.
    Frank B

  2. I agree with Frank B. and have a question- Did you start with any plot points or pencil lines to establish key proportions, or go right to pen?

    Steve Reddy

  3. I do so admire how you frame scenes, Frank, and lead the eye in. Sigh. Really nice.

  4. I agree, it takes a master to be able to do it. And a lot of experience!

  5. Thanks for the questions, Frank and Steve. One thing I always try to do is to establish three layers of depth in a scene: foreground, middle ground and background. And as Gabi has pointed out, a lot has to do with choosing the point of view. And then I try to visualize strategic points in the scene and the 2D shape they establish on the page. All of this, of course, is easier to deomonstrate than talk about!

  6. Frank,
    Thank you for responding to my questions. I appreciate your willingness to give assistance.
    Frank B