Through some complicated circumstances, one afternoon I found myself with a borrowed car & a couple hours to kill in the city, which obviously I wanted to fill with sketching. It was a super foggy, cold, rainy day, so the car became my mobile studio since drawing outside was out of the question.
I've been up to Kerry Park a couple times to take in/sketch the stunning skyline, Sound & Ranier views, but I also wanted to capture the crowds who gather here for photo ops sometime. I knew I could get a decent view of the overlook from the street parking, so it was the perfect opportunity to sketch the scene I had in my head.
In my urban sketches, I aim to get a wider view than what you'd expect, incorporating the context of the scene. In this case, the scenery – usually the main attraction at Kerry Park – becomes a backdrop for the main subject, the people. Next time I want to do an even wider view, getting the sidewalk and condo buildings in too!
|First attempt - I like the distorted distant buildings, but the view wasn't as wide as I wanted. |
The clouds were so low you barely see the Space Needle at times.
|Watching the sun set over the Olympic mountains was a great way to end the year, even if my hands froze while drawing this.|