One of the fundamental skills learned while pursuing a university education is how to dodge and weave through the ever-changing bureaucracy of university administration. My daughter found herself trying to straighten out a registration problem via email. We decided that a trip to Ottawa would go a long way to cutting through the red tape so we piled into the car and headed west.
First stop was administration, where we were handed a number and told to wait. Better organized than when I spent many an hour standing in lines waiting for similar things but still, we got to sit around for an hour waiting for our number to be called. I exercised my mustache notebook and the paper in this $2 sketchbook continues to amaze. I even got brave and put a bit of color on this quick sketch of a couple people, equally bored, who were watching something on their cell phone. No show through, not buckling, no nothing.
Surprisingly, once our number came up, everything was resolved in a matter of minutes and we were off to have fun in Ottawa. We ended up at the natural history museum where this guy posed for me. He seemed as curious about me as I was about him.
I couldn’t pass up the chance to draw some bones and so I chose the head of this monster. As I was drawing I had a nice conversation with a young girl who had more questions than I had answers. She was an absolute delight, though, and interactions like this is one of the reasons I love location sketching.
We were sitting in a park just west of the US Embassy, enjoying manga bubble tea. I decided to quickly capture this view through the trees and I spent a leisurely 15-20 minutes or so doing that. I generally use these small notebooks for really quick sketches but I really found it fun to do a few more precise sketches in them. I think I’ll do more of it.