|11/16/12 Private Reserve Black Velvet, Zig markers|
A year ago today, I went up to the 73rd floor observation deck of the Columbia Center building, Seattle’s tallest skyscraper. I bought a $5 ticket from the lobby’s information desk, and a concierge/guard personally escorted me up there and then left me to sketch to my heart’s content. Unfortunately, I had been sketching for only a couple of months, and that spectacular skyline overwhelmed me. I managed a small, timid sketch of the Smith Tower (below) and vowed to come back someday to give it another shot when I had more sketching chops.
That day was today. Once again I approached the information desk to be escorted upstairs, but I was told that I could ride up unescorted and buy a ticket when I got there. I did, and this time it cost me $9. Interestingly, a public restroom is now available on the 73rd floor; a year ago, I was told there was none.
Despite the price increase, it’s still a spectacular view. And when I got in front of it, I realized I’d forgotten my sketching chops. I was no less intimidated by that skyline than I had been the previous year. I managed another sketch of the Smith Tower (above), which might have been OK if I hadn’t tried to put in some background. And then I made the background worse by trying to fix it.
|11/16/11 pen, watercolor|
I’m saying it out loud here: I’ll be back again in one year. (Jump to 2013's sketch.)