Parc Des Braves – Quebec City

2015-06-17ParcDesBravesA few days ago I talked about Parc des braves and showed you a sketch I’d done of the toilet building.  I was back in that neighborhood and decided to draw the large monument in front of the parc.  This monument is in tribute to soldiers who died in one of the final battles (1760) of the French-English war.  It’s hard to capture a monument this tall but I hope I’ve done it justice.

Stillman & BIrn Beta (9x12), Namiki Falcon, De Atramentis Document Black

Stillman & BIrn Beta (9×12), Namiki Falcon, De Atramentis Document Black

Sketching In The Parc de l’Amérique Latine

For reasons lost on me, Quebec City has a park called the Parc de l’Amérique Latine that is filled with statues and busts of famous South Americans.  The two most prominent statues are Simon O’Higgins and Simon Bolivar riding their horses and acting very General-like.  We were there, drawing statues and I decided to draw Bernardo O’Higgins, considered to be one of the founding fathers of Chili.

Stillman & BIrn Beta (9x12), Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Stillman & BIrn Beta (9×12), Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

I find complex statues like this to be hard to get ‘right’ and in spite of lots of angle assessments and considerable time with my thumb in the air, there are probably proportional problems with this one, but I did have fun with it.

When I finished I needed a break but I looked across the open area of the park and saw Yvan, his umbrella shielding him from the sun and I had to do this quick sketch (2-3 min) of him sketching the head of some Spanish guy.

Cheap 4x6 toned-paper notebook, Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Cheap 4×6 toned-paper notebook, Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Sketching Is A Windy Business

It’s very windy here at this time of year, but the temperatures and sun (heck, it was all the way up to 16C this day) has caused my emergence from hibernation and I’m dancing in the streets.

I headed towards the port area.  At this time of year the boat yard operators are like squirrels, looking for nuts.  There’s a constant scramble to set up the marina docking system (removed for winter so it’s not destroyed by ice) and to get the boats back in the water.

But this day it was very windy.  I tried to find a place to sit out of the wind that also gave me something interesting to sketch and I failed.  In the end, I was sitting at a picnic table that sits in front of the farmer’s market.  My thought was that if I was going to sit in a 30 km/h wind, it might be nice to have a platform for my sketchbook.  The platform was nice – the 30 km/h not so much.

I drew the Telus (cell phones) building, hiding a lot of it behind trees, which are much more interesting than the building.  It was done in a Stillman & Birn Beta (6×8) with my Pilot Falcon and Platinum Carbon Black.

2015-05-23Telus

Parliament Statues Are Great Subjects…Sometimes

Quebec’s Parliament building and grounds are over-grown with statues.  Some are very nice, some not so much.  One thing is certain, Quebec owns a lot of bronze.

I agreed to meet my buddies to sketch a Native American fisherman, one of the really nice statues.  It resides in a fountained grotto right below the main entrance to Parliament.  As it turned out, we met at a bad time and on a bad day to sketch it.

There were workmen dissecting the fountain and doing repairs so we sat next to a hulking truck and had to locate so we wouldn’t be in the way of the work crew. Worse, however, was the sun, which was positioned so that the statue was in dark shade, making it very hard to see.  I’ll probably go back and sketch it again, but very early in the morning when the sun would be shining into the grotto where the statue resides.

Still, we had fun, as we always do.  Here’s my result, such that it is.

Stillman & BIrn Beta (9x12), Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Stillman & BIrn Beta (9×12), Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Flowers Are A Sketcher’s Best Friend

The sun has finally come to Quebec and I’ve been out sketching every day.  What this means is that I’m way behind in my blogging. Sorry about that but here’s a sketch I did a week ago when it was raining.

Stillman & Birn Beta (6x8), Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Stillman & Birn Beta (6×8), Namiki Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black