Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kirby Ave Warehouse

I you also draw on location, you'll know what I'm talking about. But, sometimes you see something as you're driving, and you just know that there's something about it that is interesting enough to draw. I might not have given the full effect of this, but I just liked how this looked, and I wanted to draw it.

I've been passing it on my way to route 90 for the 6 years that I've lived in East Cleveland. And, I finally decided to draw it.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland

This was one of those days where it took a lot to get me started on a drawing. I sat in the food court for a while, trying to draw a ship out on the river, but I just couldn't get it right. I erased the whole thing several times before I decided to move. I moved up two levels to draw the Hard Rock Cafe sign outside on Huron Rd. This clicked a little more.

I had dropped my Little Sister (from BigBro/BigSis) at the offices of the Cleveland International Film Festival, and even though I had more than enough time to go home and come back, I thought this was a good opportunity to draw in Tower City. I also took a break for lunch and to browse 2 shops on East 4th.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Favorite Places Vol. 3

This was the second attempt at drawing Sur La Table at Eton in Woodmere. My first attempt was very far out of scale. But, here it is. These cars look nothing like the cars that were actually parked there, but I like how they turned out all wonky and caddywompus. :D

This is one of my favorite places to shop. And, those of you who know me, also know why I love this spot. ;-)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wonder Bar

Stairs are hard, but you know what is harder? Fire escapes. This definitely got me some practice at stairs and perspective.

I do love Cleveland's East 4th area a lot. I really want to move there this summer. But, I heard from one of the downtown organizations that there are waiting lists to get into some of these buildings. I really will only have about 2 months to find a new place, and I might miss out on moving there. So, keep your fingers crossed for me.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Penzey's Spices

I had time before work this mroning, and I was at a loss for something to draw. So, I decided to draw something in my kitchen. This is my spice ledge, it's triple-deep. As you can see, I love going to Penzey's Spices.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Favorite Places Vol. 2

It took a while to get here, but yes, there is snow on the ground.

Here's the second in my "Favorite Places" series for the year. It's the art supply store at the Greens of Lyndhurst. It kind of looks very cute and quaint, but it is in just a shopping center anchored by an Applebees'. But, it is a good art supply store.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mall Christmas Decorations

More from our Beachwood Mall sketchcrawl last Sunday. I saved this one for today, because today is Russian Christmas (Merry Christmas!!). Last night, many women used a mirror and candles to make the image of their future husband appear.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Favorite Places Vol. 1

New year, new focus. Sometimes, I have a hard time thinking of somewhere to go and draw. Not this year! This year, when I'm at a loss of what to draw around the city, I'm just going to go to one of my favorite places and draw it.

This morning, I thought of Koko Bakery on Payne Ave. It's a great spot for an inexpensive snack or lunch, and the people there are always so friendly.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Beachwood Mall Clock

Met up with Noreen, Karen, and Mina to draw at Beachwood Mall on Sunday afternoon. We sat in the center court and all drew what intersted us. I took over an hour to render this clock, and then Mina rendered it more accurately in about 10 minutes. Oh, well, it's all fun! :D