Above: Working in my 8 x 8 inch Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook I sketched the top of one of the old Brewery buildings in Indanthrone blue watercolor pencil (Faber-Castell) which I left dry. I blocked out the sky with a light blue 15 mm Montana Marker. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Last Saturday Twin Cities Urban Sketchers met at the Pierre Bottineau Community Library on the site of the former Grain Belt Brewery to discuss the Manchester Symposium, the upcoming Chicago Symposium, and then to sketch the surrounding area. Due to University of Minnesota Homecoming traffic diversions (I live in a student area), I missed part of the meeting, but I did get to say hi to the sketchers before we all dispersed. Some of the pages I did from 1:30 until our 4 p.m. throw down are simply odd, but the two spreads shown here show you a little of what I was up to as far as building sketches on this site.
It was a beautiful fall day, with dazzling fall light, 60 degree temperature, and only a light breeze. It was warm working in the sunlight.
If you live in the Twin Cities or near by this monthly sketch get-togeter is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow sketchers, learn more about the Urban Sketchers world wide network and events, and be inspired by some really fun sketches. The talent in this group is very deep and dedicated and at the same time very encouraging of newbies.
Sketch outs are typically held the third weekend of the month. The events alternate between Saturdays and Sundays and mornings and afternoons, in the hopes that people with scheduling conflicts can catch some of the meetings. The meetings are publicized on the group's blog and Facebook page (Twin Cities Urban Sketchers).
There are some sketch events coming up that will be announced soon, and yes we sketch all year! It's Minnesota.
Below: everywhere I walked there was incredible light. I decided to make a little study of one of the driveways at the old Brewery, then sketch a view down the street to a startlingly green, late fall, bit of grass by an overpass (I'm a city girl), and of course I find the one dog in the neighborhood, even if it is a block away. On this spread I was working quickly with the Tombow Calligraphy Brush Pen which has a fine fiber-tip and water resistant ink. (There is a "Permanent" ink version of this pen which has a strong solvent odor and that's not the pen I was using.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.