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Finding indoor sketching spots in Montreal

November 15, 2012

I had some downtime while attending the Montreal International Game show at the Bonaventure Hotel. The office tower nest door has helpfully lined up their lobby with the central dome of the Marie Rienne du Monde Cathedral. There’s a six story atrium created so the windows can offer a perfectly framed view of the copper dome.

The security guard came by and checked what I was drawing. He said if I’d been sketching the lobby interior he would have had to throw me out, but the cathedral alone was fair game. Very strange. So if you’re sketching around downtown Montreal, make sure to only sketch beautiful old churches, never never draw glass windows or shiny chrome escalators.

This is done with water and Lamy pens again. My current favorite ‘take anywhere’ kit. The color is an interesting artifact of the scanner on my cheap Cannon five-in-one office printer. Everything useful in the studio is packed for a move, so I used this silly thing. It introduced these weird color shifts into the scan, which I chose to ramp up in Photoshop:)  Neat hey?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2012 3:58 PM

    If you get to the second floor of Gauchetier 1000, just above the skating ring, you’ll see a nice view on the same dome from the different window (and a lady at information desk doesn’t mind) :)) here it is:


  2. November 15, 2012 4:00 PM

    Such a beautiful church.We noticed it (and drew it, too!) when we stayed at the Bonaventure in October. The view from the hotel’s lobby is good also.

  3. sanneboertien permalink
    November 15, 2012 4:04 PM

    Beautiful sketch!

  4. sketchysteven permalink
    November 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    Getting thrown out for sketching makes me think of Judas Priest…. “breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law!”

    Who says sketchers aren’t edgy?

    • marctaro permalink*
      November 15, 2012 4:13 PM

      Hilarious. We need to try this. Sketchers busting into the bank,drawing like crazy. You can’t stop us drawing your capitalist edifice!

  5. November 15, 2012 5:19 PM

    This is just as absurd as when Mike from Portland wanted to take a picture of the bread display in the bakery and the sales girl stopped him. Add that to your list of forbidden things to do in Montreal. No bread photography, no lobby sketching.

  6. Joan Shouldice permalink
    November 15, 2012 6:59 PM

    Beautiful…and I loved the colour.

  7. Margie permalink
    November 22, 2012 10:24 AM

    Love this sketch. May I ask what ink in your Lamy?

    • marctaro permalink*
      November 22, 2012 10:41 AM

      I use the ink they supply in their own brand of cartridges – the color in this sketch actually started with a problem with one of my scanners, and then I used the saturation adjustment in Photoshop to emphasize the warm and cool variations :)


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