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city sketching…

May 3, 2009

I enjoy drawing in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. It’s an older area, no longer in it’s prime…there’s really interesting worn, textured, faded glory all around you. I’m meaning the architecture, but you could apply that to the locals as well. Some really interesting people. Was having a discussion with a 83 year old newly converted Buddhist, he’d patched his slacks with a big red label saying “F**K WAR”. He was telling me how the manager of a local hotel had called two big security guards to escort him out of the bar, due to his offending pants…

Ok, I cheated on this first one, I actually started it last Sunday and finished it at home, but the rest of these are from today. This is another view of the Hibernia Building – I really have to do a good painting of this place – we keep hearing they’re going to renovate.

SW corner, Mason and Sutter

Detail off of 970 Post – an impressively decrepit building – also a great subject for a painting someday)

Not sure where this is, but I think it says Samantha Hotel – 972 Bush? probably…

NE corner of Bush and Jones.  All the buildings around this area have these huge impressive Cornices…it’s like some kind of arms race for architectural decor….

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2009 10:51 PM

    who says you can’t do perspective? these look pretty solid to me :)

  2. May 3, 2009 11:36 PM

    ha-ha! practice practice practice! ever one chips away at it a bit hey?

  3. May 5, 2009 3:54 AM

    I like how the values get deeper right where you know there’d be more detail in the architecture. True talent!

  4. May 5, 2009 6:46 AM

    beautiful drawings, love your sketchcrawl watercolor paintings below as well!

  5. May 6, 2009 9:12 PM

    Hi Tarosan – just found your blog through Charly Parker’s and I love your urban sketches especially. Makes me want to take out the paper and find a place somewhere in the city. Haven’t done it for ages because I am currently very busy with my camera and other projects.
    I am sure I will visit your blog more often!
    Best regards from Munich,

  6. June 16, 2009 5:20 AM

    great great great black and white!
    I’m waiting for your next sketchcrawl.


  1. Urban Sketches by Marc Taro Holmes

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