Monday, January 4, 2010

Another View


Another view out of the same window as Saturday's post, scroll down to see that one. It's great weather to draw from a window. With this one I was trying to be a little clever, there is a thin line between clever and stupid.

12 comments:

Gillian said...

Sketching from a window seems like a sound plan. I like the way you've selectively coloured this - nice work.

Munich Newman said...

This is lovely, I don't quite understand the clever / stupid thing, but then I've just had some real "mayhofer home dstilled schanpps as it's Christa's Birthday.
This (sketch, not the schnapps) would appear to join up with the sketch you mention, but is from a slightly higher elevation i.e. one storey up?
I like it. Dude. you rock.

Moish said...

I like the composition on the first one better, I think the side of the church or whatever on the left side sort of looks like a blank & it rocks the composition, but other than that pretty nice.

DanNan said...

I really like this. I've been getting into the Faber-Castell markers. Love the medium, and you can do so much with just a few colors. Thanks for the inspiration.

Hans Jenssen Illustration said...

I'll come out in support of this zoomed in sketch of the scene. You've just used your bionic eyes and brought the background closer. I really like the bold dark line separating the foreground from the background and I love minimalist approach to the foreground. You crossed the clever/stupid line loads of times but only in your private life, not your art!

Munich Newman said...

I agree with Hans, though the height of the tower in the foreground in relation to the background varies, so it can't only be a zoom.
Hmm- clever / stupid surely has a big bold line inbetween too, though it can sometimes be crossed swiftly. Loui's restaurant / bar in Solden was one which worked in reverse, really dodgy comment upon entry, could have resulted in jail, but no, we all made friends with the locals.

Stephen Gardner said...

Gillian, In this weather it's the only plan.

Moish, yes I'm still looking sideways at this one.

Dan, thanks and you're welcome.

Hans, you nailed it, as for the clever stupid thing, I battle with it everyday.

Fraser, It was the same view from the same window but you could well be forgiven for finding a multitude of mistakes.
How could I ever forget that night in Loui's, a truly dodgy comment that I felt fortunate to walk away from. It is indeed a thin line.

Munich Newman said...

I definitely feel stupid now, nothing new there :-/

Hans Jenssen Illustration said...

I just want to know what was said in Louis...

Rosa Phoenix said...

I prefer this view, the strong black line and tower lead the eye into the city and the Manhattan skyline. This kind of view is so hard for me to sketch, I get completely lost amongst all the buildings!

Tim Goss said...

I'm with Hans! The high contrast and minimalist foreground makes this one really attractive Stephen.

I'm working on my doctorate in stupid. I know it when I see it, and this ain't it :-)

Tim

Stephen Gardner said...

Hans, I'll have to whisper.

Rosa, after I've laid in some major landmarks, it more about pattern making if that makes any sense.

Tim, I have that doctorate, it's working out fine. Thanks and Happy New Year!