Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Panorama Project

I finally started working in my limited edition USk folding Moleskine.  It took me a while to think of how I wanted to use it, but I decided I would do a series of street panoramas here in San Antonio, Texas.  The first of these, on Houston Street north of Alamo Plaza, is (almost) done, but I should have room for two more in the sketchbook.  I did part of it during the sketchcrawl, but I wasn't able to round up any other local crawlers this time around. The next street will be Navarro Street in front of the Nix Hospital, which I've already begun.

houston street pano spread 01
The Federal Courthouse and Post Office

houston street pano spread 02
More Courthouse

houston street pano spread 03
The Express-News building is in the background left, Emily Morgan Hotel foreground right

houston street pano spread 04
The Emily Morgan Hotel

houston street pano spread 05
Starting the Navarro Street pano

houston street panorama (still in progress) and a preview of navarro street
The whole shebang

Monday, October 11, 2010

Settling on a theme

I'm still trying to figure out a large-scale project I'd like to do here in San Antonio-- something like my Bozeman Main Street series where the drawings work together as a group.  Lately Houston Street has just been popping up in my Strathmore pad.  I suppose it's because it's easy to sketch there: lots of buildings, lots of shade, easy to get to.  I might still want to do something else with the street; not sure yet.

Texas Theater facade
texas theater, san antonio

Hotel Valencia and Sip Coffee Bar
hotel valencia and sip coffee bar

South Texas Building
south texas building

Friday, October 8, 2010

RIP Moleskine 7-20-10 to 10-7-10

Well, another three months, another moleskine down.  There were ups, there were downs, there were laughs and tears, and now we begin all over again.

santa rosa hospitalThis sketch was done from the car.  Santa Rosa hospital is a large hospital complex downtown.  Some of the buildings are old and some are new.  Judging by the odd angle that it connects with the larger building, I think the tower is an older structure and the building behind it more modern.  But who knows?*

mission san jose from the southThis sketch of Mission San Jose only took about twenty minutes, but I think it came out pretty good.  The light was just right and I wanted to close out the book with a simple, economical sketch.

*Many people do, obviously.