|7/8/13 Diamine Eclipse ink, Zig marker, water-soluble colored pencil|
When I first heard confirmation that the rumors of an urban sketching symposium in Barcelona were true, I was thrilled. Although I didn’t know much about this city except what I’d seen on Rick Steves’ show, I had an image of an exciting, vibrant city filled with old and new. My image was correct, except a hundredfold. I expected a large, bustling city, but its intensity nearly overwhelmed me. From the sheer extreme immensity and bodaciousness of the Sagrada Familia (probably the single most impressive manmade thing I’ve ever experienced) to the sea of humanity cruising down La Rambla at any given moment, everything about Barcelona felt intense, over-caffeinated and fully saturated. I loved it, and at the same time, it exhausted me.
|Sketching Mirador de Colom.|
Most memorable is the very first sketch I made on our first day in Barcelona at the immense Mirador de Colom. As I sketched one of the many lions surrounding the monument at ground level, it suddenly struck me: “Hey, I’m sketching in Barcelona!”
|7/10/13 Platinum Carbon ink, watercolor|
|Sketching Sagrada Familia.|
|7/13/13 Diamine Chocolate Brown ink, Zig markers|
To view more sketches and photos from my travels, please see this Flickr set.