Part of the reason for this blog’s existence is to give me a place to document my sketching journey. Today is a day of recording, not one of presenting good sketches.
I was out for a walk yesterday, in Quebec City, where January high temperatures average around 20F (-7C). Of course, the low temps are, well lower. So typically, street sketching doesn’t happen in January.
But as I walked, on the 8th of January, I realized just how warm it was as I took my hat and gloves off because I was overheating. Some minutes later I came upon one of the impressive old mansions here and I decided to see if I could do a quick-sketch while standing on the sidewalk, in January.
I grabbed my 4×6 toned paper sketchbook and went at it, very quickly, and very loosely trying to capture the house’s complex structure. I failed miserably but it didn’t matter. I had sketched on location, outdoors, in January. I’ve joked with a few climate change denialists that I was planning on selling citrus and palm trees to the residents of Quebec City in the not so distant future. Maybe I was right.
Since that sketch is so poor, I’ll try to improve the esthetics of the post by showing you my latest “mustache book,” As much as I love these little books, the felt glasses and mustaches glued to the cover leave much to be desired so I glued one of my sketches to the cover and then covered it with laminating material. What’cha think?