A great part of my job as an architect is to travel and do building survey's or to get building permits etc. These are quick trips, usually solo or one other person with free time in the day or evening to wander interesting places. Recently I went to Fort Worth. I was downtown and no car, but a great city to walk in. I am on a mission to get better at people, so on this trip I gave myself a challenge to draw 30 people. An airplane technical problem and extended stay helped make this possible!
I would wander around my area, find a discreet place where I can see but not be overly seen, pretend I am drawing the room and try to catch expressions.
The watercolor and sometimes gouache was added with my tin kit onsite
The convention center is basically a big concrete spaceship with a beautiful park next door. This is a pretty rare sketching opportunity and I enjoyed it.
The bottom sketch is in a very very dark jazz venue calle the Scat Club. I was basically drawing by one of those little yellow battery powered candles so the quality of sketch and color was anyones guess while doing it.
In the airport there was a group of young Japanese guys. Some were wearing the white air filter masks and one bought a very white cowboy hat. I just had to draw that!
I thought I would share the journey!
James Nutt- Minneapolis