Day 691: Downtown New York

Day 691: Downtown New York

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Reference view: (no reference view I’m afraid as I’ve lost the tab)

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this was a bit of a departure from the focused sketches that I have been trying lately (or at least a lot closer than this skyline sketch). The view I liked but I think I may have been a bit too distracted by keeping an eye on my son while sketching and the image looks a bit too busy. Thinking about it now though, I could probably have solved some off this issue by pushing the values in places rather than leaving them roughly the same throughout.

Still as long as I learn from it, It’s defiantly worth while!

Till next time!

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Day 688: 35 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City

Day 688: 35 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City

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Reference image: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

SO were back in New York with this random row building that literally stood out against the rest of the buildings around it and caught my eye due to its size and shape (the tall thin look if it just looked odd in  good way to me, like it was meant to have a building beside it that was just never built).

Anyway I quite like the outcome of it though I did find out as I was drawing it that I preferred the building to the right of it so may have to return and sketch that building at some point.

Till next time!

Day 680: 63-65 Mercer St, New York

Day 680: 63-65 Mercer St, New York

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, another corner apartment for today chosen for the really nice detailing on it and was a fun little sketch. Didn’t get much of the surrounding buildings in but I’m not worried about that as I like the focus on the subject, parts of it are done very loosely and very sketchy but again I don’t mind it as it gave the suggestions of the details and allowed me to get the whole subject sketched!

Anyway were now all caught up so will be (hopefully!) back to one blog post a day. Well ok starting a few a days as I’m in London for the next couple of days so won’t be able to blog but, once I get caught up from that we’ll hopefully have a blog a day!

Till next time!

Day 678: 59 St James Pl, New York City

Day 678: 59 St James Pl, New York City

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, something a bit different for yesterdays sketch (yep, were nearly caught up!) as I choose to do a modern sky scrape (or at least more modern than the apartments I have been sketching though, I’ve no idea what this skyscraper is or who it belongs too). Quite a bit different than the ones that I have been doing and honestly, I think I like the apartments better but I like the true high rise look it had amongst the apartments surrounding it (there is a truly huge building to the right of it that seemed to go on for miles!). Shading was a bit annoying though as it looks quite flat unlike the actual building but the details and shape are there!

Till next time!

Day 677: 327 Church St, New York

Day 677: 327 Church St, New York

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, another random New York building found through the pot luck of the random view button on google streetview, this time showing a very tall and thin building stood on its own on the street. Quite an interesting building sat there all on its own, though I think the site to the right of it may have made the  building look a little bit less out of place when it was there, as the site was a construction site in the streetview (or, at least a dirt plot). Still I loved how this little apartment building looked and how fun the sketch was, with the windows interestingly weighted to the left hand side (nope, I didn’t just forget to add the windows details in to the right hand side), and not forgetting the random little van parked outside, good fun!

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Day 676: 42 7th Ave S, New York

Day 676: 42 7th Ave S, New York

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

This was a fun sketch. Basically I saw one of the rather numerous water tanks that you find on top of a lot of the older high rises in New York and wanted to get a sketch of one so after a bit of searching around I came across this view of one atop this corner block. Really happy with the sketch as well as I was able to get a lot of detail down on the building that was the focus of the sketch and even get a fair amount of detail down on the building next to it. Guess I just got lucky with efficiency on this one!

Till next time!

 

Day 675: 385 Holland Tunnel, New York

Day 675: 385 Holland Tunnel, New York

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Reference image: google streetview

Time taken: 25 minutes

Bit of a small and simple sketch today from New York as I was looking after my son while doing it so didn’t get much time to get that far with it. Still I think it captures the building quite well and looks pretty accurate which is pretty cool as its actually a really small scale sketch and was quite fiddly.

Till next time!

Day 674: 281-285 Church St, New York

Day 674: 281-285 Church St, New York

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, after the day before sketch I hit the randomise button on google streetview and I bought up this (or just down the street I think but this was much more interesting). Really loved the little café with the buildings around it being a lot taller, kind of gave the café itself a lot more charm as it looks like its a bit out of place but still retains the same urban look as the buildings around it.

Anyway, pretty happy with the sketch. Not completely accurate with scale and some placement but I think a lot of these things are just stuff I notice as I’m the one sketching it, and are probably things that the casual observer wouldn’t, so pointing them out isn’t doing me any favours but oh well, you guys are probably used to it by now. Plus having a point to concentrate on improving on isn’t a bad thing right? (provided of course that I actually do improve on it)

Till next time!

 

Day 673: 23 Lispenard St New York City

Day 673: 23 Lispenard St New York City

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Reference image: google streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, bit of a change for day 671 as we’ve flown half way across the world and gone from a town of 6,000 people to a city of slightly more than that (8,000,000 in the city proper and 20,000,000 in the metro area) as were now in New York, back with the random streetview sketches. Quite an interesting place to sketch as well as, even though all the buildings are apartment blocks there is a lot of variety in them as hopefully I’ll be able to show over the sketches that I do here (there will be a few at least), starting with one of some random apartments with some interesting details to them. Didn’t manage to get all the details down as accurately I hoped with it but I think it was a bit of a learning curve as they have a lot more details on them than I thought they did in the first place.

One thing is for sure though. The sure as hell love external fire exits in the US!

Till next time!