The curbs in San Francisco are very appealing to a street photographer.
Blind drawing relies on the hand guiding the pen to negotiate detailed facial contours.
I sketched this on New Year’s Day. My blind drawing technique served me well when transcribing the rightmost young woman’s hair: the outline is accurate. However, it looks more like a mushroom cloud than a hairdo. Possibly, the addition of interior detail would disguise this visual association.
The ball cap on the man on the left did not fare as well. I began with the brim and my eyes and pen point traced the glasses perched thereon. The finished circuit of the hat outline resulted in an ‘exploded view’ (in mechanical drawing terms).
Let’s hope this sketch is not a harbinger of the year to come.
A photographer is, by definition, an observer. Good photographers observe keenly. One of the fun parts of street photographer is the quest for visual puns, such as the one below.
The space in front of the pickup truck is labeled ‘compact’, and yet it is huge. Is it for compact stretch limos? Did someone forget to subdivide it?
Something is terribly wrong.
I shot this for its geometric properties, or should I say geometric awkwardness.
I concentrated on the outlines of these two women. I do get sidetracked while drawing some sketches. For example, I start on a shoe and follow its edge along the outside of the leg; then I go back and noodle with the inner edge. I do this sometimes, section by section. In the sketch below, I tried to avoid this. I like the resulting outlines, and only added minimal inner detail.
The only discomfort here was in me. Can you see it in the drawing?
They seemed to be doing fine.
Long line and dash, written on the the sky. Those pesky, earthbound details did combine, however to give me a portrait when dimension collapsed.
I drew the anxious man anxiously and the calm person calmly.
I noticed the draped electrical cord outside the window. I took this photo at Christmastime. It illustrates one of the techniques used to connect decorative lighting to a power source. I liked the curve of the wires and the fact that it was visually contained in a grid of sorts. The images in each cell harmonize with each other.
Below, I display two different shots of the same scene. I happen to like the darker one. The lighter one conveys a different mood, which I also like.