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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The United States Air Force Memorial

The United States Air Force Memorial here in Washington DC is probably the best place to visit in this area. The Memorial has vistas towards the city, the Pentagon, and Arlington Cemetery. It's a beautiful metallic sculptural structure that shines with the sun and it's visible from any place in the city. The Memorial does honor the men and women that served and serve in U.S. Air Force. It took me 3hrs between sketching, exploring, and enjoying the site. I used black ink on white paper.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring has finally arrived now in D.C., and the cherry trees are actually in bloom for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival - the timing doesn't always work out quite this good.  There are always a lot of things going on in D.C. during the festival, including the parade, street fairs, music, and various events at the art museums - often with a Japanese cultural theme, since the cherry trees were originally a gift from Japan.

I got to see the Onoe Ryu Dancers perform traditional Japanese dance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  The costumes and dancers were fun to sketch, and I tried using a brushpen instead of my usual fountain pen to capture them.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Snow in Reston

And here I was thinking St. Patrick's Day was supposed to be green.

I realize there are places where it is perfectly normal to have snow on the ground in mid-March, but Virginia is not one of them. I'm ready for Spring.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Old Post Office Pavilion

Long time no see! I finally made it out to the 42nd World Wide SketchCrawl at the Old Post Office Pavilion, and am posting my sketch from the tower, along with a photo of my view for comparison. I used an indigo blue colored pencil for this sketch instead of my normal pen and ink because I thought it fit with the overcast cold feeling of the day. It was really cold up there, so I did not get to finish the sketch, but did manage to fill in the Capitol building and some of the rooftops along the street.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Old Post Office


A group from France came by for a tour of the Tower. I got a quick sketch of two women waiting for the elevator.

View from the Tower. Not a direct representation. I combined different views into one composition. It was cold. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Old Post Office Pavilion

During the 42nd World Wide SketchCrawl we went to this fantastic old building which is currently almost abandoned with just few offices and small food vendors businesses. This building have a lot of details from an era gone by which illustrated the admiration to renaissance style of architecture as well as the mix of other eclectic details. The building is do for renovation/restoration/part demolition starting this March. The building will be converted into a luxury hotel own by Donald Trump. I focused of a part of the main lobby entrance which has exquisite architectural details and it is partly used for storage. It took me 2.25 hrs, I used black ink on white paper.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Old Post Office

For the 42nd World Wide Sketchcrawl, the D.C. sketchers met at the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue, because it has a nice atrium where we could sketch out of the elements. I happened to be in the neighborhood last week, when it was a little warmer, so I went ahead and did a sketch of the exterior that day, since I knew it would be colder today.

In front of the building is a statue of Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General. Inside there is an atrium with a food court and shopping, and an observation tower that gives a nice view of the District.

We had a few new people this time, as well as some familiar faces. It's always good to get a chance to see other sketchers.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cafe Life in Downtown Silver Spring

Washington, DC is a geographic square turned on a 45-degree angle, and sitting just atop its northern point is downtown Silver Spring. A mix of urban and suburbia, the local cafes are filled with the laptop-set, plugging away at Facebook, email, spreadsheets, school reports, and whatever social media they are hoping to start up and get rich off of. Caribou Coffee and Starbucks are the dominant chains, but lately, smaller indie cafes are getting in on the action. I did these at the Caribou one day, and like the buildings I often sketch in Washington, DC, the people transfixed to their laptops, caught up in the hyper-information flow that is Washington, DC, don't move much and make for great sketchbook fodder.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Obama's 2nd Presidential Inauguration 44th President of the U.S.A.

Well I thought that I lost this sketch and I looked for it for almost over a year and few days ago I found it!  I did this sketch during a very cold January morning right in the middle of the action! It was a great event and a celebration of democracy. Yes! there were NO cars and the city was a pedestrian/bicycle civilized place during that day which made it even more democratic! It took me 2.5 hrs and I used black ink on white paper.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Smithsonian at Sunset

The Smithsonian Castle
Arts and Industries Building
The Smithsonian at sunset.  I had to work quickly because the light was changing fast.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

McMillan Sand Filtration Site

Talks have been going on since 2008 about developing the area between North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Marrakech and the Random Buildings of Washington, DC

This is the Marrakech restaurant, located in the trendy DuPont Circle neighborhood here in Washington, DC. It's a unique building, and looks nothing like the buildings next to it, which look nothing like the buildings surrounding them. Outside of the granite-columned federal government buildings such as the Capital or the White House, Washington's architecture is best described as a truly wonderful assortment of random aesthetics.

This sketch was done with Sakura Pigma Micron pens and an assortment of Pantone Tria and Prismacolor Design markers into a 4" x 6" hardcover sketchbook. It was fully pre-sketched in pencil and inked onsite, as was 95% of the coloring. Thankfully, the whole process was pretty much undisturbed; no surrounding police activity, no delivery people dropping and spilling a keg of beer in front of me, no being questioned by a federal agent, and no being surrounded by homeless people looking to collect change because they're sitting next to an artist (yes; all of this has happened to me while sketching in Washington, DC!)