Friday, May 24, 2019

Gage Academy

5/17/19 Gage Academy, Capitol Hill neighborhood

Eager for some life drawing on a drizzly, overcast morning, I was doubly happy when I scored a good spot near Gage Academy, where parking is scarce and competitive. When I arrived at the studio, though, I realized I had gotten the time wrong – the session didn’t begin for four more hours!

I couldn’t bear to let the parking spot go without a sketch. However, the view from my windshield was not one I would have chosen if I’d had a choice: Many large trees shroud the dark brick building, which isn’t fully visible from any angle. A clutter of cars, a bike rack and other stuff made the composition murky. If that weren’t enough, I also had the challenge of clouds; the shadows were indistinct. Did I really want to do this sketch?

Red and blue to the rescue. Bring it!

P.S. I just realized that this sketch includes all three of my former sketching nemeses: architecture, cars and trees. Nothing like a good workout first thing in the morning!


  1. I am loving these red and blue sketches. I never thought to do this kind of two-color pencil challenge. I plan on working this in somewhere in the future. Keep up the good work!


    1. Thanks, John! Glad to hear you are inspired to try some bicolor sketches. The editing pencil makes it easy and compact. ;-)


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