Friday, January 28, 2011

Completed-- my USk folding Moleskine!

It took long enough (3 months) but I finally filled my Urban Sketchers folding Moleskine with San Antonio.  This will be a long post, since I'm gonna put every spread in here.  It's actually four separate panos, all of which I drew on site in downtown San Antonio. The first is a 180 degree sketch of Houston Street just north of Alamo Plaza. The second pano is of Navarro Street and the Nix Hospital. The third is on Commerce Street and features the Aztec Theater. The fourth pano is only 90 degrees (I ran out of room) and was done in front of the old San Antonio Courthouse.  They are all stitched together by means of a transitional device I borrowed from Urban Sketcher Pete Scully--  a light pole or street sign is used as a divider between panoramas, and fortunately I was able to use what was already there.  

First, the assembled panorama:
complete sketchbook, 4 San Antonio panoramas

Then split into 3 equal parts for easier digestion:
complete panorama in 3 parts

And each spread in order:
panorama final 01

panorama final 02

panorama final 03

panorama final 04

panorama final 05

panorama final 06

panorama final 07

panorama final 08

panorama final 09

panorama final 10

panorama final 11

panorama final 12

panorama final 13

All in all, the whole thing is 10 feet 8 inches long.  Here's a little video.


  1. Paul this is magnificent! Congratulations. It belongs in a gallery or something.

  2. WOW! What an immense amount of work this must have been! Excellent stuff.

  3. Thanks! I'm working on the gallery bit...

  4. Just beautiful !...... so fabulous . Did you sketch each time around the same time of day for the shadows to be similar ?

  5. I say again, FANTASTIC! Such incredible skill!!!!

  6. Thanks again! Dominique-- for the second segment (with the bridge) I did have to sketch at the same time because the sun was in my eyes until after 2:30 pm. With the others, I worried less about the shadows, and just drew whatever was happening with the shadows whenever I got to an area.

    way more impressive than individual drawings. when the video gets shaky it looks like B&W photos.

  8. these sketches leave me speechless

    see my humble sketches and comment at

  9. Paul, just picking up my jaw from the floor right now. Outstanding illustrations!

  10. Thanks again again! Miguel-- checked out your blog, very nice. Will- somehow wasn't already following your blog, but I am now. Thanks for the tweet!

  11. Impressive... I have yet to discover the details and they are delicious,

  12. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, Dude!! That's some serious eye candy. OK, you made me feel lazy. Choice loction and beautfil continuity and transitions. Cheers.

  13. how on earth did you draw that from observation I wouldnt be able to do half as good with photos.
    Great work :)