Urban Sketching: St. Mark's Square


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.