Thursday, February 25, 2010

san antonio from the tower of the americas

Well, I knew I had to do it. I went to the top of the Tower of the Americas (the tallest building in San Antonio) and drew from the top. At $12 for an adult, it isn't cheap. There are two levels on the observation deck, a lower outdoor ring and a slightly higher indoor ring with tables and chairs and a snack bar. I walked out to the lower observation deck, which offers the least obstructed views of downtown, and quickly realized that, even here in south Texas, it was just too cold. There's a lot of wind at 60 stories up, and no direct sunlight to warm you, so I retreated indoors and drew with my Bristol pad leaning against the glass. This view of downtown happens to be what you see immediately as you exit the elevator, so I was a bit self-conscious with all the tourists streaming past, but no one spoke to me and I found the whole undertaking to be a lot less daunting once I got started. I'd like to go back up and zero in on some smaller areas at some point. There's also quite a bit of the skyline I couldn't include, so perhaps a panorama is in order. Maybe they offer coupons or a season pass...

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm still here!

...and I'm still doing plenty of drawing. I've been working on a separate commercial illustration project I can't share just yet. I haven't had a whole lot of time to draw just for me, but I've done a couple of things.

The Vidorra Apartments are another new high-rise residential building near downtown San Antonio, near St. Paul Square and Sunset Station.
vidorra apts and church near st paul's square, san antonio, TX

A few weeks ago I took some time to drive out to Seguin (where I'd never actually been before) and draw the historic downtown.
aumont tower, seguin, tx

This is a small midrise office building on San Pedro Ave near where I work. I did this one over 15 minutes sitting in my car during my lunch break.
alamo title on san pedro ave, san antonio, tx

Oh yeah, one more thing. As of February 4th, I've been doing this blog for 1 year! Hard to believe!