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Urban Sketching: St. Mark's Square


5x8" moleskine, slicci pen

One day in Venice I had the opportunity to draw for about 1/2 hour while waiting for the rest of the family. I sat down on some steps in the plaza and looked toward the church and took a deep breath and looked around. There were tourists milling about, waiting in lines, taking photographs of each other and the architecture. So I snapped a photo to document the scene and started to draw. It was a quick sketch, not at all accurate, but I'm just focusing on capturing key lines and the essence of something. Journaling and sketching are forms of documentation. As I drew, a tourist came up to me and looked at the moleskine and smiled and said, "Is good!" and I smiled. It was very thoughtful. I felt brave.

Find photographs from our trip to Italy.

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Reader Comments (4)

I love the freshness and vitality of your drawings! Keep 'em coming :-) Drawing in public is indeed brave so it's always a boost to get positive feedback.

11.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

you ARE a brave girl! Love the sketch.

11.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I love the skecth! I'm always scared to produce a raw sketch. I feel the need to hide my lack of skills by paint and sequins, etc. But your right. It isn't about the accuracy of what you see, it's the accuracy of the essence...

learning so much from you - love it!

11.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKhadijah

Looks great!! I'm proud of you for sketching in Public, in another country no less- way to go!!

11.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

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