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New Years 2015

On New Year’s Eve I went down to Boston and stayed at a friend’s apartment. I’d never been to her place before and my girlfriend was talking it up all the way down. Well I got there and I was totally blown away by the view. So I suppose it lived up to the touted expectations.

I sat in the large windows watching ambulances and firetrucks speed by, used a pair of binoculars to follow pigeons as they swooped from rooftop to rooftop, and counted the number of people jaywalking

That night went by incredibly fast and it wasn’t until the next morning that I had time to sketch the skyline.

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I started out with a blind contour drawing to warm up. I think I will be warming up with blind contours more often. It helped me really see subtle aspects of buildings.

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I got a decent way into the actual drawing, but did not finish before we had to leave. I snapped a couple pictures and used them for reference when I got home. After finishing the drawing, I added watercolor. It was a bit of a struggle. My¬†understanding of painting is derived from working with oils and the skill set use with oil paints is completely different than the skills used with watercolors. I’m all about laying down color and moving fast. It seems this method doesn’t work that well with watercolor. At least yet. I’m not sure I understand the basics enough to be able to push for speed. I’m going to have to check out some YouTube lessons and figure out how to better work the watercolors.

That being said, I enjoyed this drawing immensely. It was a breath of fresh air to work on a cityscape.