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.

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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.

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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.

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

Sketches

With my busy schedules, sketching allows me to satisfy that need to draw and paint. My sketches are done in Moleskine sketchbook, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. I usually have my TWSBI fountain pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey ink and waterbrush attached to the Moleskine. If I have time in the early morning brushes and water on the dining table ready for a quick watercolor painting. And of course, my coffee.

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Big Head Sketch of Alan 2018
Homework assignment from Sketchbook Skool. Drawing big heads and small body.

“What’s in My Bag” Sketch

I had been looking high and low for a bag that would carry my sketching supplies as well as my personal items. The criteria is that it would not get heavy on long walks but feels light when I’m running around town doing errands. The beauty of a Timbuk2 is their very adjustable strap. With just one flick I can adjust the strap without taking the whole bag off.

In my Timbuk2 Metro bag I carry my sketching supplies such as a small Moleskine Sketchbook, a Cotman Watercolor Pocket set, waterbrush, fountain pen and mechanical pencil. Also my personal items – wallet, tissue, lotion, smart phone, Epipen, waterbottle ….

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What’s in My Bag? watercolor and pen, 5 x 8 inches in Moleskine sketcbhook

Materials: Moleskine sketchbook, watercolor, TWSBI fountain pen filled with Noodlers’ Lexington Ink.

 

A Sketch Collage of My Kipling Bags and Other Things

I finally found a term that best described little sketches of a collections of items – sketch collage. I discovered Brenda Swenson’s blog post of her sketch collage and she best described how she came about composing her sketches.

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I had done them in the past but never knew how to describe them.

Sketching at the Manetti Shrem Museum

“Let’s Draw Davis” sketchcrawl met at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis, CA. Beautiful day but a bit nippy. The Wayne Thiebaud Exhibit is on display now so I head on inside to view. I captured some of the sketchers and the iconic horse sculpture inside the museum.

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Manetti Shrem Museum sketch by Marlene Lee
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A Young Urbansketcher sketch by Marlene Lee
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Andrew’s Shoes sketch by Marlene Lee
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Horse Sculpture at the Manetti Shrem Museum sketch 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.

 

Let’s Draw Davis Sketchcrawl

Let’s Draw Davis sketchcrawl group met at Community Park. Full of activity – soccer, swimming, tennis…

I captured this woman at Community Park swimming pool. I’m guessing she’s a grandmother watching her grandchild swimming

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At the Swimming Pool

 

I’m into sketching people but not in groups. Too challenging. I find individuals who are not moving a lot and sketch them. I drew these parents at their child’s soccer photo shoot.

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Parents at the Soccer Photo Shoots

 

Old storage shed at Davis High School soccer field. When I see this, I remembered the time when my son was playing on the JV soccer team. The boys set on those beat up benches. After 10 years they are still beat up.

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Old Storage Shed at High School Soccer Field

 

Monster tree! The roots are coming out of the ground. You can see this tree in front of the library.

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Monster Tree