Saturday, June 21, 2008

International Sketch Crawl

My first Sketch Crawl and not a bad day. Was out most of the day and managed five sketches. Didn't see anyone else participating though. Would of been fun to do with a few friends. Anyway, here they are.

This first one is of the unloading chute on the old Lansing Ice & Fuel coal silos just south of Old Town in Lansing. My attempt at color may be a bit lame but I think it helps.

This next one is also of the old coal silos. There are two sets of four silos each here. The track for loading the silos from rail cars is still on top of these silos. There is a lot of brush grown up around them. They probably haven't been used for thirty years or more.

In the same area as the silos is the Brenke fish ladder. This building sits on top of it and probably has control valves in it.

This building is located on North Capitol Avenue in Lansing and is on the campus of Lansing Community College. There are two of the grand old houses and they are used as office space for the college. This sketch doesn't do this house justice. I will be going back again to do another view and try to get a better sketch. All I need is practice.

This last sketch is in downtown Lansing. It is looking southwest at the backs of the buildings in the 100 block of South Washington Avenue and the 100 block of East Allegan Street. Also added the buildings in the distance that were visible to make a cityscape. Did this in a parking lot and wasn't comfortable standing outside so I sat in the van and drew. Good thing it was Saturday. During the week this lot would have been full and I couldn't of parked there.

So that's it for my first Sketch Crawl. Looking forward to the next one.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tipton, Indiana

We were on a short trip this past weekend to Tipton Indiana. The Indiana Blacksmithing Association puts on an annual confrence every year at the 4H fair grounds. The first sketch is of a stone building that is in a park close to the fair grounds. I was able to pull up my folding chair and sit in the shade of a massive oak tree and sketch.
The next drawing is of one of the 4H livestock buildings on the fair grounds. This building had a couple of the confrence attendees camping in the stalls. They were dry when it rained. Seems like I need to work on contrast in my sketches. The dark shading doesn't really indicate a dark area in the building.
The next sketches are of some of the equipment that the demonstrators were using. An old post vice, an older anvil and probably an even older 25 pound Little Giant power hammer. If you look closely at the power hammer you'll notice that things don't line up well. The horizontal shaft and the vertical hammer over the anvil section is off a bit but you get the idea.





The last sketch is of a gate and gateway that I have built for a client. These folks will have four of my gates in their yard. At this writing this unit is still in my shop, just painted and will go to the client in a few days.