my next project

For the last few years I have been sketching people on the el everyday, going to work and coming home... on the Brown Line.
6 sketchbooks have been filled.

(btw, smartphones are a godsend for artists who want to draw the public. People are wired in with their headphones or have their eyes glued to a screen. They. Don’t. Move.)

For this project I took snapshots of many of the sketches (about 900 or so) and put them in a database (Airtable) I have culled them down to about 160 of the more interesting people.

What I want to do is to re-draw them on a long scroll of toned Stonehenge paper… like they are sitting in a very long el car. The toned paper is important because I want the white wires and earbuds to stand out and have them connect to each other. I’m starting studies on different colors of Stonehenge to figure out stuff before I order the very large roll of expensive paper. It would be more practical to do small groups of people on sheets of paper and attach them to a scroll, but that would take the fun out of it (she says… : )

Below is a screenshot of some of the groupings I was starting with. I will start a facebook album of pictures from the planning stage of this very long-term project so you can see what I am thinking about.

and we’ll see what happens!

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so, I think after a bunch of studies that I will use the Stonehenge Fawn color (the bottom one) .... kind of a Goldilocks thing.... not too light, not too dark, just right.

 this is how my tiny little rough sketches look like when you blow them up and put them in photoshop. The mat is something I cut out and taped to the top of my computer. That way I can figure out the size and placement when I block it in for the first time.   

this is how my tiny little rough sketches look like when you blow them up and put them in photoshop. The mat is something I cut out and taped to the top of my computer. That way I can figure out the size and placement when I block it in for the first time.

 

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My first blog post

Hello. Mostly I interact with friends who like my art on my facebook page but I thought I would try something new here. A Blog. (I think that is the only way that people can comment on my art, using Squarespace, but I’m still new to this.)

For my first post I wanted to show you the kinds of maps (doodles) I draw for myself to keep track of my Architectural Detail Series. Originally I thought I would have 12 elements for this project. One image for each of the, now 8, cta stops in the loop and one for each corners. The first corner is already done (no. 2 the Pillars of the Second Leiter building) and I have images chosen (mostly) for the other 3. The Randolph Tower for the north-west corner, the medallions of the old Insurance Exchange building for the south-west corner and a detail from 180 N. Wabash for the north-east corner (or perhaps the Virgin Hotel) The idea with having 12 images was the certainty in my mind that a calendar would be the end result of all this. Now I’m not so sure and I have another project simmering on the back burner, so I thought I would see what people think.

All comments welcome.... should I finish this one or start on the new one? : )

For more information on my new project, see my facebook page, or wait for the next blog post.

Thanks for reading this,

Amelia

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