Urbansketching in Davis and Woodland

I had been more into sketching buildings lately especially after taking the Sketchbook Skool course on Urbansketching.

In Davis, I was drawn to these very old apartments that I’ve seen for over 30 years. Located next to them was a sandwich shop that I took my then very young sons after a play at the park. What struck me about these apartments was the entry facade, not often seen in modern day buildings.

072018 Apartments across Central Park
Apartments across from Central Park, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

 

Nearby to the apartments are these very new townhomes. Colors and brickworks are what makes these modern day places unique.

072318 Townhouse across from Central Park
Townhouse across from Central Park, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

 

A month later I ate at one of my favorite places in Woodland, California. A hole in a wall place that served Italian and Scandinavian cuisune. They are known for their outdoor oven.

081718 Guinevere Cafe & Bistro
At Guinevere’s Cafe & Bistro,¬†watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

30 Buildings Sketches Finished

I started these series of buildings sketches back in November. My intention was to be able to sketch buildings. Since completed 30 of them I feel somewhat comfortable. Most of the sketches were based on photos from Pinterest or Flickr. Only one is onsite. I started off with a Faber Castell Sepia S nib. Love the brown. And then later sketches were done with a TWSBI Ecco fountain pen filled with Noodlers Lexington grey ink. A big difference from working with straight black.

Sketching Buildings

One of my drawing weakness is sketching buildings. So I had been practicing in my Moleskine sketchbook (8 1/2 x 5 inches).

I started out using a Faber Castell artist pen in sepia. Most of my previous sketches had been in black ink but wanted a warmer and toned down color. Somewhat an antiquated look.

Then I discovered the TWSBI Fountain Pen while watching a youtube video by watercolorist and sketcher¬†Peter Sheeler. For ink, Noodlers’ Lexington Grey. With the ink grey tone, the sketches seemed like they were done in pencil. Such a nice soft quality.

I’m up to building sketch #11.