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Sunday, April 23, 2017

SAM I am

I've always been fascinated by the Hammering Man in front of the Seattle Art Museum's south entry. Today's outing gave me a chance to sketch this piece of art up close. After fueling myself up with a cup of mocha, I stationed myself across the street, kitty-corner from the giant sculpture, trying my best to stay dry under the rain. The view from this angle was quite a challenge to sketch. Without worrying too much about the perspective and details, I tried my best to capture the overall look and feel of the scene, by focusing on larger shapes and forms.
The Hammering Man, Seattle Art Museum

For the sketch of the Grand Staircase, I decided to change things up a bit and whipped out my trusted technical pencil. Lately I've been inspired by the work of BorisZatko, particularly his pencil line work. I've always loved this space with its large sculptures from Chinese dynasty, the cascading steps that spill to the outdoor, and the decorative arches on the ceiling. 
Grand Staircase, Seattle Art Museum


  1. Both fantastic sketches, Andika! Your Hammering Man sketch inspires me to take a distant view of him someday. I've sketched him closer from the steps, but this view with SAM behind is really striking.

    - Tina

    1. Thanks Tina. I've always like how the Man's silhouette stands against the SAM's exterior.