Sketching On My Mind
Yesterday was another lovely January day in Talent, so a sketching trip to the nearby local railroad depot was in order.
Look At Light Pattern
When considering a place to sit and draw, I look at how light is falling on my would be subject. It was about an hour before sun down so I needed to hustle and find a view facing west. The railroad depot was on my mind since its close by and has a west-facing side.
Unfortunately for drawing purposes, the west facing side is blocked by a fence. No matter, I decided to draw the crossing gate in front of the depot, with city buildings in the distant horizon.
Crossing Guard Shapes
Drawing the crossing guard was fun; I’d never paid attention to all that hardware! In order to make sense out of all this “stuff”, I focused on the interesting shapes.
Sketching With Pencil
You may notice that today I’m drawing only with pencil. I have a new book that I’m working through titled “The Urban Sketcher” by Marc Taro Holmes, Citizen Sketcher. I’m working through the first chapter. The first exercises are with graphite.
I think sketching with graphite (pencil) is a great way to learn something new. Its also a great way to get to know a new subject or revisit an old one. Its a simple, portable and readily available tool. I like this simple, powerful instrument, come to think of it! Pencil drawings are part of my daily workout.
Drawing Talent Series: Different Views
I have drawn our depot before from a different points of view back in 2014 as part of my “Drawing Talent” series of sketches. On the post I did in September of 2014, I included a bit of history about the railroad depot building. Just a teaser, there really was a person with a last name of “Talent”. And the depot was sent to us by rail!
The small ball point pen study is from the west side of the depot. The watercolor and ink sketch below is of the south side of the building.
So, I’ve drawn the place at least three times. Could be I need to visit this subject multiple times! I went by today and in the morning light, noticed lots of great places to draw and paint. In time, I think I might like to do some full size paintings of this subject.
More Talent Changes
Much like yesterday’s post about the “Funky Fashion” building, things have changed at the Talent depot and railroad crossing. For one thing, the tracks are active again! Two years ago, there were no trains running through Talent. In 2015, the trains started up again. So, when sketching near the tracks, I need to be alert. Fortunately, the train had just past by before I left for the drawing session.
Another change is that we are getting a new cafe on the south end of the depot building. I’ve been watching them prepare the facility. It will be called “Cantina Vida”; I look forward to its opening. On another day, I’ll do a sketch with the cantina.
I hope you enjoy my sketches and Talent’s railroad depot.