Street Art Experiment

Street Art Experiment

An Urban Sketch Art Experiment on the streets of Barcelona

In late April 2014 I set out for a “street art experiment”.

The idea was to do what I do normally… urban sketch anywhere and everywhere I desire,

but while showcasing printed post card size sketches attached to the inside of my messenger bag.

Sure, why not?

Add a 3 euro sign on there as well, let’s see what happens.

After skating about El Barrio Gotico of Barcelona, this spot “felt” right. The sounds, the smells, the pedestrian clamor, and of course the perspective I was about to spend a few hours admiring. After about four plus hours of laying out the lines in pencil…

…yes, 4 HOURS just for the PENCIL portion?

Why so long you wonder?

I was interrupted by many, many, passer-bys that asked about my works, myself, and many people became fully invested into what I was doing for quite a while. So, YES, the experiment was a success.

I made enough euro to eat for the next two weeks.

That was the beginning of a very fruitful and prosperous months that followed.

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A Self Taught Sketch Lesson on Learning Proportions

A Self Taught Sketch Lesson on Learning Proportions

Arc de Triomf – Barcelona, Spain

 

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

It was an active Saturday afternoon with vibrant life all around coming from clamor on the fair grounds.

This made for quite the experiential urban sketch…

I began this sketch with a certain framework in mind –

Layers of proportions and symmetrical observations.

As soon as the bones were laid-out on paper, it was ready for shadows, color, and LIFE.

Process:

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

Ink and Shadows

Ink and Shadows

First layer of color highlighting the most important object

First layer of color highlighting the most important object

Layering color and finishing touches of darkening shadows and sky color

Layering color and finishing touches of darkening shadows and sky color

Fin

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