Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lions of Michigan Ave. and Adams

Between Chicago's fascinating characters and glorious architecture sometimes it's hard for me to focus on what to sketch. 
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of my favorite places in the city. There's something for everyone! This week I was there several times for a variety of reasons. Each time I had the pleasure of crossing the street with the Streetwise vendor. I don't know his name. I should ask him the next time I'm there. This has been his regular corner for years so I'm familiar with his friendly banter, his tall tales of Chicago and his corner of the city. Each time I'm impressed by the pride and effort he puts into his job. Most of the time I end up crossing the street with a Streetwise under my arm but always with a smile on my face. When he's not on duty I miss him.
If you're in Chicago and at the Art Institute be sure to meet this other lion at Michigan Avenue and Adams! Oh, and buy a Streetwise!


  1. It’s great how the lion and the vendor are facing in the same direction! And the vendor is pointing there, as well. You’ve set up a neat dynamic in this 2 page spread. And you’ve focused us on something that only a local Chicagoan would know--the longstanding gig of this Streetwise vendor.

  2. What a great anecdote and wonderful sketches. I need to get to the city more often -- and look up your vendor "friend".

  3. Really neat page design & notes. Cool sketches and title!

  4. That's what I like about Urban Sketching- not only does it show the world one drawing at a time, it makes me see the world one unique moment at a time!

  5. Barbara, these are fabulous! I also love how you arrange each on the page with the text.


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