SketchCrawl - N Russell @ N Interstate

I wanted to draw at this location and sent out a general invitation to the SketchCrawl group saying "I'd love company" - and wow, did I get it!  We ended up with 12 sketchers camped out along N Russell, mostly focusing on White Eagle saloon.  At one point, a man that was later identified as the bartender stopped to ask about the group. "Are you all drawing the White Eagle?"  Later, inside, he told me we'd made his day - that he'd woke up feeling hung over, but we'd made him feel like he was part of something special, he was someplace that mattered. Sketch 1 was a reject.  Sketch 2 is a Jason Das tribute, using red pen as a base...

White Eagle Saloon, Portland

I had drawn with colored pens before the Symposium, but it was in the urban color session with Jason Das that I first tried using colored pen as a base for other colors.  This pen was water-soluble (Pilot Hi-Tec-C) so of course there were some challenges to overcome, but some of the blurring effects of water-soluble ink are quite attractive.

Then we went inside. I sketched something for the shared sketchbook, then joined Carrie at the bar to draw detailing...

White Eagle Saloon, indoors

The bike ride there & back was gorgeous, taking me along the river, over and along railways, and alongside some interesting industrial scenes. I did catch one more scene on the way home, crossing some rail tracks...

N Interstate & N Tillamook, Portland

I'm really thrilled with the increased turnout at our sketchcrawls ever since the Urban Sketchers Symposium! Thanks to everyone who came out to sketch today.