Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ladd's Addition Sketchcrawl

At last week's sketchcrawl, I didn't have my watercolors with me, so yesterday I went back to Palio and added the color. My notes helped, but I faked it a bit since a lot of the leaves had dropped this past week.
This may have been better left in b/w, but it's really hard to resist trying to record the fall colors.
I can see spending more Saturday mornings at Palio, recording the changing view, and then crawling out for a street sketch--weather permitting, of course.

Friday, November 25, 2011

deb rossi, Ladd's Addition sketchcrawl

Our sketchcrawl at Ladd's Addition started as a beautiful day..the temp was bearable so I ventured out. I had passed this interesting church while driving to meet at Palio's so decided to go there first. The church is St Sharbel's Catholic Church. St Sharbel born in Lebanon (1828-1898) entered a monastery at the age of 23 and then sometime later was granted permission to live as a hermit which he did until his death.

Later after lunch I did this sketch looking out the window with a 'Palomino Blackwing' pencil ("half the pressure, twice the speed" it says) that Kalina generously gave me. I used to do only pencil sketching and I have to say it was fun to go back to it again.

Monday, November 21, 2011

11-11-11 sketching

Veteran's day fell on 11-11-11, and the Japanese garden offered free admission. The day was cold, but it wasn't raining! We warmed up with a delicious lunch at elephant deli.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November sketches

These sketches are from two different sketching days. On Nov 2nd I started out at Coffeehouse Northwest and just walked around the block to see what was interesting. On Veteran's Day I joined up with Alanna, Vicky, Kathryn and Cindy at the Japanese Garden. The day was cold but the colors in the garden were spectacular...too bad I was only using ink and not color. Again it is the architecture that I am drawn to... still trying to work on composition.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ASIFA Drink 'n Draw at the Peculiarium

Some of us Portland Urban Sketchers tagged along with the Portland branch of ASIFA (Association International du Film d’Animation) for a Halloween Drink 'n Draw at The Peculiarium in Northwest Portland!

The ASIFA folks set up three light tables, and we were all encouraged to take turns making 10 frames of animation, following their simple guidelines. Alanna, Tad, and I each did one set. At the end, more experienced animators connected the end of each series with the beginning of the next to make seamless loops, after which we got to watch what we had done on the projection screen! It was awesome; I look forward to trying this again now that I have a little bit of a feel for how it turns out.

Here are some ASIFA folks at work on their animation frames (surrounded by the grotesque masks of the Peculiarium)...


The Peculiarium is a crazy place - an art gallery of the weird and macabre combined with a candy shop/novelty store/snack bar that will sell you meal worms to sprinkle on your ice cream, which you can eat as you stick your head up through the hole in the alien autopsy table.


Thanks for the fun, ASIFA, and thanks for the weird environs, Peculiarium!