here are the beginings of an ongoing project to capture the look and spirit of the Vancouver streets and music scene in sketch form
I'm experimenting with materials and surfaces, if you have any suggestions I'd be happy to try them
Ready Set Die
The New Media Club
a homeless street artist named Ray. He never begs, just scavenges materials and makes art
Noah D at the Biltmore
Fuck Buttons at the Biltmore
A bonfire party in Richmond
some sweet local bands at the New Media Club
incredible blues artist; DB Buxton. Saw him busking drawing huge crowds with his wailing sounds till the cops shut him down for violating noise bylaws
Random house party in the West End
sweet new venue on the second floor of the century building on richards. I'll definitely be heading back in a couple weeks for sure
Thursday night was crazy
After work I headed to the final dress rehersal of Madama Butterfly at the Queen Elisabeth Theater, having been invited there to sketch the performers. Having never been to an Opera, it was a huge inspiration. I set up my giant easel right above the pit band in front of the first row of seats. With the stage on my left and the pit band in front of me I caught enough bounce light from the stage lights to see what I was doing without totally ruining my eyes, though a small clip light would have been helpful
Most of the sketches were done on my giant pad, so I'll scan those ones later when I have access to a better scanner. This wimpy little 8.5X11 thing is way too tiny. Even the medium size sketchpad required multiple passes and comp to get these images you see. Gotta invest in a big ol' flatbed soon ...
Leading man. It was crazy how he used his whole body to project, his head would jut out with each bellowing note
Loved watching the conductor, so well animated
Finished off with a sequence of gestures for the last scene
After that was done I headed down to Pub 340 for the metal show to jar my senses. Tanner was in town for the night so we got a chance to hang. After trying to be quiet so as not to disturb people at the opera I was ready to rip it up, so I pounded a few back and started headbanging while I scrawled faces and poses of the bands and crowd. You can see my inebriation progress in the sketches
Awesome sketchy style, I absolutely love it!
And going from the Opera to metal ... AWESOME!
I particularly like the Leading man first one and the bonfire sketches.
Keep it up, I love that you seem to sketch so much ... wish i could do faces better!
Nice one, take care