Sunday, October 20, 2013

Open House Chicago

" The Chicago Architecture Foundation presented the third-annual  Open House of Chicago: a free , citywide festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 150 buildings across the city. Urban Sketchers Chicago planned a sketch crawl around this event. My first stop was the Lyric Opera House was built with Art Nouveau and Art Deco ornamentation."
I sketched this building from the stage. It looks like a hamburger to me, it may be I was hungry. This one of the fastest sketches I have ever done, 30 minutes or so.

We walked to the next building, the "Chicago Temple, the first United Methodist Church, the oldest congregation of Chicago. It is the tallest church in the world at 568 ft." We took 2 elevators. The chapel is rather small but beautiful. It's surrounded by stain glass windows, you cannot see outside if the window is closed. It was too crowded so I sketched this one from outside.

We continued and finished our sketch crawl at the Palmer House. "This opulent hotel has been a Chicago mainstay since before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The current Palmer House features a gilded lobby designed in the French Empire style with a formal staircase and Tiffany light fixtures." This is a detail of the lobby, view from the mezzanine near the electric stairs.

Every quote is source from a Special Advertising section produced by the CAF.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Roast duck in Chinatown.

A butcher in Stockton St. is ready to sell this roast duck to a Chinese woman. Someone is going to have nice meal.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

San Francisco, CA Part 5. Painted Ladies

Going around San Francisco city is easy. My friends and I used the hop-on hop-off bus to move from one location to another. The bus stopped two blocks from the Alamo Square, I wanted to sketch the Painted Ladies. I arrived with my tongue out, those hills are a killer. I used to live in a city geographically like San Francisco, but now that I live in flat land, I got use to it (♫ excuses). While sketching, an Asian girl asked me if she could take a picture of me and my sketch, she found me more interesting (?) that the Victorian houses itself. I'm founding I like being the subject of interest, I'm even enjoying it. Little by little my outgoings are making me grow as a person by defeating what makes me uncomfortable. Thanks Urban Sketchers, who would have though. Click here for Part 6