Category Archives: Travel Sketches

Travel City Sketch

Vancouver cityWhile visiting the city of Vancouver Canada, I found time to capture the view out my hotel window. There was an interesting mix of older structures in the foreground and newer high rises in the background. I was up early enjoying my coffee as I got started with the sketch.

Before leaving, I was able to finish the pencil outline of all the building shapes in my sketchbook. While riding in the car during a 5 hours drive to our next city, I added the details and textures of the buildings and finished the image in marker.

Traveling Theme Drawing Inspiration

I really enjoying seeing drawings that are inspired from traveling themes.  James Gulliver Handcock successfully used his suitcase to created an interesting, humorous image.  His illustration style is relaxed and feels spontaneous to me.    Based in Sydney, Australia, and Brooklyn, N.Y., Hancock is a well-known commercial illustrator, who has also had numerous exhibitions of his personal art.  He has very fun and interesting images that you can check out his website.

Here is another artist who is visually outlining their preparation for traveling.  I am appreciating how Susan Abbott is creatively showing what she will need for her trip.  When you make a list, there is a tendency to check off items from top to bottom.  What is great about using images is that you move away from linear thinking. With the items all over the page, you will use the information more freely and more creatively make connections as you follow up with your list. Take time to check out Susan’s other image at her bog, A Painter’s Year.

Kayak Trip Watercolor Images

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take a primitive camping kayak trip, at the tip of  Vancouver Island, several summers ago.  We spend our days kayaking and set up our camp sites in the evening.  We had wonderful experienced guides that supporting us during the trip.

I had small sketch pad and a watercolor box to play around with during the trip.  Here is a sketch was done at a lunch spot.  That evening, when we got settled in our camp, I redrew the image and added watercolor.   We carried all our supplies in the kayaks,  saw whales, eagles, sea lions and experienced a day kayaking in the rain.  We were totally isolated from the world for the week, not an electronic devise among us.  The image below was our last camp site called “Bob’s Landing”.  That evening, we saw a group of whales travel through close to the bank in the background.

City Buildings as Drawing Inspiration

I enjoying seeing how artists render the flavor of a city. Here are two city images that are very different.  This is a sweet rendering of Betty’s hometown.  The touch of watercolor is just perfect.  You can almost feel the hot weather and slow pace that this street.  Find more urban images from BettyfromTexas at her Flicker site.

Below is an image from a very different city in another part of the world, Singapore.  This rendering is full of action, sounds and cool colors.  Tia is an architect and Art & Design Educator.  She has a wonderful blog, TiaStudo showing her sketchbook images.

Travel Sketches and E-book

Mike Dalkubara is an industrial designer and urban sketcher who has also published several E-books.  Notice his wonderful sketching style in these two Hotel Layout Sketches. The image below was drawn on the hotel paper, you can see the logo on the top.  What a great idea to sketch your hotel room when you are traveling.

Visit his site to view more of his images .  Be sure to take time and see the preview of his fun E-book that is filled with drawing examples called Sketch Mike Sketch.  I find this E-Book format is such an exciting way to view sketches and get inspiration.

A New Urban Sketching Book

Wow! Do I get jazzed up when I find a new drawing book that provides me with inspiration. “The Art of Urban Sketching, Drawing on location around the world” by Gabriel Campanario is just amazing.  This book has more than 500 illustrations drawn on location by urban sketchers from around the world.  I am excited about expanding my own drawing skills, learning about other artists and seeing different sketching techniques.

Here is a quote from his book, About the Author, “Campanario is a staff artist at the Seattle Times  and founder of the Urban Sketchers, ( a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing.  Campanario”s newspaper column, “Seattle Sketcher,” was awarded first place for blog writing in The Best of the West journalism contest.”  Plan to visit the urban sketchers blog and Campanario’s blog The Sketch Journalist.

This book has already inspire me to gather my drawing supplies, pack a lunch, put the dog on a leash and head out to experience my own drawing on-location in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.  See ya later!