Monday, May 31, 2010

Tower City

You can click on the picture to read more about what I drew. I'm a little surprised at the slope of the foreground parking garage, but it was angled, and it wasn't actually straight to begin with.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church

I stumbled upon this church when I was leaving Tremont a couple of weeks ago. I loved the church with the statue of St. Andew Kim in front. Sadly, I had difficulty with the statue and the first attempt looked like he was giving passerbys the thumbs up (like the Jesus from the movie "Dogma").

I apologize to anyone who can read Korean, because I did my best at copying the characters from their sign.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Euclid Beach Park Arch

Euclid Beach Park is something that is always fondly spoken of by people who had a chance to go there. I imagine that it was like how Kennywood had started, which is the park that I'd enjoyed as a child and teen growing up in PA. But, sadly, Euclid Beach Park didn't last past the 1960s, and this is the last remaining piece of the park. It's been restored (I think more than once), and it's being watched now by security cameras.

I had a great aunt that had lived in Euclid, in fact, I may still have a relative living there from my mother's side. My great aunt was single, worked for TRW for a very long time. When my mother's last aunt passed away, my mother sent me her TRW service awards (a couple of pins, a bracelet, and for some reason--a giant magnet). I never met her, but I do feel a kinship to her. She sounds as if she were very fiesty and independent. I have to imagine that since she had lived in Euclid, she'd spent some lovely summer days at Euclid Beach Park.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

1st Annual Cleveland Asian Festival

I hope if you live in Cleveland that you spent last Saturday afternoon down at the 1st annual Cleveland Asian Festival. The food, performances, shops, games, everything was great. Even the parking was pretty effortless, as most people parked within 2 blocks of the festival, and most parked for free. Even the rain didn't dampen the great afternoon.

We had arrived right in the middle of the lion dance demonstration, but was able to find a standing spot right next to the stage where we could see one of the lions perfectly. They were so playful and charming and funny. Though, I caught a piece of candy in the face, because I didn't expect them to start spitting candy and the first lauch was in our direction. They also launched oranges and one shredded a head of lettuce in its mouth and flung the shreds at the crowd.

If you didn't go this year, make sure to watch out for next year's!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Algebra Tea House

Another drawing from Little Italy Monday evening. This is after my friend joined up with me after she got done at work.
While I was doing the color, I was saying how I didn't have a purple marker, and I really needed one for the door. I must have said it more than once, because my friend had said, "You know, there are people walking around with real problems, but they don't realize how good they have it. Because, they probably have a purple marker in their pocket."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Little Italy - Late Afternoon

I went sketching in Little Italy after work yesterday. Now, I know it may sound weird, but it was my moment of "Ahhhh" yesterday. I'm always a get up early and go kind of person, so realizing that I can go late in the day was new for me. Especially, because I could have drawn until about 9pm outside.

I did this one while waiting for a friend to get off from work at 7pm. It's not perfect, by far, but the colors are nice. The problem that I'd had was that this was my new sketchbook, which has different paper that my old one. For some reason, when I use Tombow marker for color, I can't go over it with Micron pen. Then, I had a Pitt brush pen, which I mistakenly decided to use for the vines.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Morning Sketching

Sunday morning sketching in the Larchmere neighborhood. It is unusually loud there for some reason, even though there wasn't hardly any businesses open yet.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Never Postpone Your Location Sketches

Never postpone your location sketches, because you never know when a landmark will be gone. Watching the news tonight about the fire that is overtaking the old Masonic temple on East 55th reminds me of the times I've driven by it, and had wanted to draw it. There was something that had appealed to me about it, but I put it off. I liked the 3 arches on the front, which might have been windows at one time but currently held signage.

I'll do it some other time. Not now. I'd thought.

If you want to draw something, don't wait.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cedar Lee Theater

Another thing from the Worldwide sketchcrawl last Saturday. I did three total that morning/early afternoon, but the one below of boommodern was my favorite. This one is just a little off for me in the perspective department. And, for some reason, I didn't realize that there was a giant wall behind the marquee.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Riverside Cemetery Chapel

It was a lovely morning. Luckily, I got out before it got too cold and windy, or at least all of the trees blocked the wind for me.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I like the colors on this building, but I should hvae taken a little more time. I was sitting in the shade, the wind kicked up, and I got cold.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Worldwide Sketchcrawl 5-15-10

Great morning and early afternoon with a great group of sketchcrawlers in the Cedar/Lee neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. Peggy from Heights Arts greeted us to the neighborhood when we first arrived at 10am. We sketched for 2 hours and then took a break at Phoenix Coffee where we had a bit of a show-and-tell. We spent the rest of our time sketching across the street from the Cedar Lee theater.

Here's one of my sketches. I'll post some more when I recover from all the sunshine :D

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Columbus Zoo

This past Thursday, I went to the Columbus Zoo for a day of nice weather and drawing. This is the first drawing that I'll post. I did 3 in all (you can see where the marker bled through on the top of this drawing).