Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in Vancouver | 0 comments

Granville Bridge rules

Granville Bridge, as seen from Granville Island in Vancouver, where our Vancouver Meetup group had an urban sketching session. I got to meet a highly accomplished, well-known, visiting sketcher from Argentina: Jorge Royan. He had some interesting tools, like a clear piece of acrylic or glass with a black window grid for flattening out a composition, a rose compass (at least that’s what urban sketcher Jennifer thought it was), the tiniest foldable camping stool by Coleman, some advice for us for future meetups, and a fantastic sketchbook. Jorge, please crash our meetups any time!

Granville Island is a great destination for locals and tourists. An urban rejuvenation project of a former industrial area under the Granville Bridge, it has a public market, galleries and artisan shops, cafés and restaurants, an art school, a cement factory (the only relict of its industrial past), and plenty of waterfront areas where you can see the downtown skyline, boats, little ferries, and False Creek, former mudflats that were dug up to create an inlet.

I think I have figured out what makes the perspectives in many of my panorama drawings a bit unusual: as I am drawing, I rotate my view about 90 degrees. You can see here that the view on the left side of the spread appears straight-on, and so does the view on the right side of the page, but in reality they’re about 90 degrees apart. The sketchbook’s panorama format which stretches over both pages, naturally makes me do that. I just try to keep track of the perspective as I am rotating my head. This is truly what I see, or what my brain thinks I see. I like this better than what is produced by a camera. A camera flattens everything, but eyes don’t.